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Steaming cow poo.

Written By: - Date published: 11:57 am, June 2nd, 2018 - 54 comments
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It’s not simply the obvious nonsense of the claim made by the Guardian and some researchers involved in a study looking at the environmental costs of various food production that pisses me off. It’s the fact that their supposed solution rests on simple individual consumer choices.

It should be obvious enough that reducing the consumption of various products has the potential to be a good thing. But that is not the same as it being “the single biggest way” to ameliorate negative impacts on the environment.

There will no doubt be some who would argue about the methodology of the study and so forth. Thing is, even taking the study at face value and accepting the conclusions it reaches, doesn’t move us forwards in terms of doing jack-shit to avoid the effects of global warming.

There is a farm out by the way. And every year the ground is ploughed, planted and sprayed with the aid of the fossil fuels that run the tractors and helicopters that are employed to carry out the ploughing, planting and spraying . Then beasts are transported in for fattening using fossil fuels. And transported back out again using fossil fuels. Off to the side, a piece of land is used to grow silage – again with fossil fuels being used throughout the entire production process.

If that land was used to produce some other food crop, what real change would take place regarding the use of fossil fuels? (That’s obviously an open question subject to a clatter of variables.)

The point is that it’s perfectly reasonable to imagine that meat consumption could plummet and fossil fuel use in agriculture could stay steady or even increase off the back of that.

Consumers and consumer choices do not and will not “save the world”. That’s not to argue that we shouldn’t make intelligent decisions around what we consume with an eye to the environmental impact of what we buy and eat and so forth. But it is to argue that idiotic notions around what impact those choices might have, shouldn’t be encouraged.

If we want that industrial farming has a much reduced impact on the environment, then fossil has to be taken out of the equation. Take out fossil, and who-ever, can eat whatever amount of beef that they want – because in the absence of machines running on fossil doing the work of however many labourers, and in the absence of fossil transport “shrinking the world”, beef production will plummet. And that’s okay.

But that all sits at the level of deep systemic change, not individual consumer choice. And the last thing anyone speaking for any institution that has grown as a result of our current “world settings” is going to advocate for is deep systemic change.

I read through some of the thousands of comments the Guardian article attracted. There are a few (very few) nuggets in there. For the most part, the same tired old statements about veganism and the equally tired old statements about not having children constitute the majority of the comments.

The IPCC produces Representative Concentration Pathways that suggest future temperatures in light of our likely emissions between now and 2100. RPC 8.5 is the scenario for the greatest amount of emissions, and it’s common enough to hear public speakers from government departments refer to it as being as being extreme or an outlier – implying that we ought not to worry ourselves about that particular scenario.

But RPC 8.5 simply assumes our economic system carries on in coming decades as it has done in previous decades – ie, it continues to expand and grow off the back of fossil fuel use. And the temperature range it suggests the world will experience by 2100 is +2.6°C – +4.8°C…above the 1986-2005 average.

Add another 0.61°C to those temperatures if you want an idea of the possible temperature increase in relation to pre-industrial temperatures.

By the way. Anyone heard anything much from government (any government?) about reducing and eliminating fossil fuel use as fast as we’re humanly able? No. You haven’t. That would involve deep systemic change, and as said before…

Anyway. On the bright side, all else being equal, there will be plenty of red meat for the BBQs in coming decades, and more than enough hot sunny days to stand around in a singlet or whatever and scoff in the face of global warming – except “all else” is very unlikely to approach anything even remotely close to “being equal”.

 

 

54 comments on “Steaming cow poo.”

  1. stunned mullet 1

    Nice commentary Bill, you’re right that the article in the guardian is little more than a puff piece filler.

    i must admit I don’t tend to bother with such articles but am finding the articles in scientific publications and the likes of the economist far more informative.

    • Bill 1.1

      The study their piece builds from was published in “Nature”. Unfortunately, the full text is behind a pay wall and I haven’t been able to access sci-hub of late – which is what I normally do to access studies that haven’t been made ‘open source’.

      I think the article is more dangerous than “puff piece”. Reducing systemic problems to the level of the individual, and what an individual chooses or doesn’t choose to do, locks out the possibility for effective action.

  2. AB 2

    Deep systemic change requires popular movements, collaboration, self-sacrifice and a vicious fight with entrenched business interests. It’s scary and maybe unwinnable.
    Buying a tofu burger rather than sirloin steak at New World is super easy.

    • DB 2.1

      It is not super easy. Most tofu is from GE soy these days I’d not be caught eating it at all. You know most US citizens test positive for roundup, right?

      http://time.com/4993877/weed-killer-roundup-levels-humans/

      What annoyed me most about animal rights meetings was the amount of animal products (bullshit) they readily swallow. Led by 1 part science 10 parts hyperbole.

      A ‘vicious fight’ is not required with retailers, just stop buying their shit they’ll turn up on your doorstep cap in hand.

      The majority of the plants of the world can’t be eaten by humans. To paraphrase: the majority of energy entering the earth’s system is not available to humans.

      Animals, insects, microbes… convert this energy to other forms. Many of which are palatable to us.

      How we treat these organisms is another fight. One you’ll find many carnivores would join if not for all the hyperbole and bullshit.

  3. greywarshark 3

    When a journal like Nature gets hidden behind paywall it parallels business interests that only think about profit. I realise they have costs. How can the work they do be circulated when it is for the good of people and the planet, be aired and influence discussion and good decision making for change?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1

      To be fair, the article was published in Science, not Nature.

      • Bill 3.1.1

        ‘Nature’, like ‘Science’ also only offer abstracts and locks its full length articles behind a pay wall.

        IN answer to greywarshark, Sci-Hub was (probably still is) a good place to find research papers that are otherwise published by journals that limit access.

  4. Robert Guyton 4

    I wonder if you’ve misinterpreted their claim, Bill:
    “Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth”, if that’s indeed their claim, might be true- what other action could an individual take that would have a bigger effect, do you propose? Taking the bus? Buying an electric car? Burying bags of coal in the garden? By avoiding meat and dairy, an individual <i. might, if they find themselves part of a global movement, have significant effect on reducing their impact on Earth. Anticipating a vigorous reply from you, Bill 🙂

    • Bill 4.1

      Their claim –

      “A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use,” said Joseph Poore, at the University of Oxford, UK, who led the research. “It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car,” he said, as these only cut greenhouse gas emissions.

      My argument –

      unless there is an immediate commitment to deep systemic change that allows us to dump fossil very fast and completely, then no amount of “ethical consumerism” or “individual choice” or “global movementism” will add up to much more than a sparrow’s fart in the wind by day’s end.

      • Robert Guyton 4.1.1

        Your “sparrow’s” fart, if that is indeed the measure of the effect of “avoiding meat and dairy” might still be “the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth” – that’s my argument, but I’ll not die in a ditch over it, as I agree with you that “unless there is an immediate commitment to deep systemic change…” but there isn’t going to be, is there? In the meantime, let’s practice making difficult changes to our lives; one way or another, we’ll be making them soon enough.

        • Bill 4.1.1.1

          Ah, okay. I get you now.

          So what about a road trip of indeterminate distance that involved torching every petrol station you passed (but not before “filling up” when necessary)?

          That would be quite an impact. All of those (numbers from my arse) 10 000 litre holding tanks that would normally get refilled every week ….gone.

          We agree it’s not looking like there’s currently any appetite for making the depth and breadth of changes that are necessary to stop AGW. So maybe (arson aside) the “biggest single thing” we can do is revolt and embrace the notion that burning fossil ought to be about thinkable as chattel slavery. That’s in line with the practice you mention, and just might catch on. Who knows?

          • Robert Guyton 4.1.1.1.1

            Bill – burning petrol stations might appeal, but realistically, you’re not going to get a lot of people signing up to your cause and your own efforts won’t amount to much (you’ll get caught). Avoiding meat and dairy isn’t likely to end in arrest, and might contribute to a mass movement with greater effect in the long run. A doable change, like no-meat-n-milk, could feasibly be considered a first step toward the revolution you seek. Maybe, perhaps. I don’t really think so but the article’s claim isn’t ridiculous.

            • Bill 4.1.1.1.1.1

              It’s dangerous and pernicious to suggest we’re limited to those acts or actions that an individual can take. And that’s what the conclusions from that study do. We don’t have “a long run”, and are beset by institutional inertia and problems that are systemic in nature.

              Yes, the petrol station wasn’t a serious suggestion – for the reasons you mention as well as the fact I don’t have a car and can’t drive 😉

              Anything that contributes to a sensibility that would condemn the burning of fossil is good and comes with 100% scientific backing.

          • greywarshark 4.1.1.1.2

            Bill
            It is unwise to suggest anything so drastic just because you think no sane person would do such a thing. But the world is on an insane pathway now and people are realising it and then feeling desperate, eg going on killing attacks. Arson is going to be our No.1 disaster and fear. Don’t draw it closer by talking about lightly.

      • Grafton Gully 4.1.2

        “reduce your impact on planet Earth” and also reduce your risk of getting colorectal cancer, which is high enough now in NZ to justify a sadly delayed bowel cancer screening programme.
        https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3108955/
        https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/100449793/outrage-over-bowel-cancer-screening-delay

  5. James 5

    You’ve clearly done little to no research. Thumbs-down.

    • JessNZ 5.1

      +100000000

    • Bill 5.2

      Are you in a big room full of typewriters and furry cousins James? If so, well done – today two sentences, tomorrow Shakespeare!

      • JessNZ 5.2.1

        You earned this disrespect honestly by calling the claims ‘obvious nonsense’ when it is just as obvious you haven’t researched the claims.

        • Bill 5.2.1.1

          If you think that consumerism, by way of individual purchase or “lifestyle” choices can have a major impact on a world confronted with AGW, then you need to take advantage of that “30 Day Money Back Guarantee” and get whoever sold you to courier a replacement thinky thing.

          • JessNZ 5.2.1.1.1

            ‘Marco Springmann, a research fellow at the Oxford Martin School’s Future of Food programme, tried to quantify just how much better: he and his colleagues built computer models that predicted what would happen if everyone became vegetarian by 2050. The results indicate that – largely thanks to the elimination of red meat – food-related emissions would drop by about 60%. If the world went vegan instead, emissions declines would be around 70%.
            ….
            Should we all go vegetarian, ideally we would dedicate at least 80% of that pastureland to the restoration of grasslands and forests, which would capture carbon and further alleviate climate change. ‘

            Do I claim this is the only step we need? No. Neither did the article that you decided for some odd reason to call nonsense because it didn’t solve the whole AGW problem by itself.

            http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160926-what-would-happen-if-the-world-suddenly-went-vegetarian

            • Bill 5.2.1.1.1.1

              Should we all go vegetarian, ideally we would dedicate at least 80% of that pastureland to the restoration of grasslands and forests, which would capture carbon and further alleviate climate change.

              Here’s the thing JessNZ. Go vegetarian or vegan and restore grasslands and forest – and it won’t be alleviating climate change – the rate at which AGW would be progressing might have slowed (which is a good thing), but it will be progressing unless we’ve also cut fossil from the equation.

              And as it progresses, the expected climatic effects and ecological effects will become more and more severe, yes? And that makes the status of whatever restored lands that much more precarious.

              edit – the numbers.

              Globally, fossil fuel-based energy is responsible for about 60% of human greenhouse gas emissions, with deforestation at about 18%, and animal agriculture between 14% and 18% (estimates from the World Resources Institute, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and Pitesky et al. 2009).

              https://www.skepticalscience.com/how-much-meat-contribute-to-gw.html

              edit no2. And for some added perspective, emissions today are about 60% above what they were in 1990. So that <20% from livestock….

    • Robert Guyton 5.3

      Which part of my argument do you believe reveals that I’ve done “little to no research”, James. And could you please tell me whether you have done more than “little or no research” yourself?

  6. JessNZ 6

    ‘The point is that it’s perfectly reasonable to imagine that meat consumption could plummet and fossil fuel use in agriculture could stay steady or even increase off the back of that.’

    No, that isn’t reasonable – it’s wishful thinking from somebody who doesn’t want to change his comfort zone. From all the analyses, and the very first part of the article in question “The new analysis shows that while meat and dairy provide just 18% of calories and 37% of protein, it uses the vast majority – 83% – of farmland and produces 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions.”

    Meat and dairy are an extremely inefficient way to produce food, so even if the replacement plant crops continued to use the same industrial farming methods, the greatly reduced amount of land needed to feed just humans (not also feed grain to livestock) would absolutely within a very short time reduce the fossil fuel use. To repeat, this would be the quickest way to reduce fossil fuel use, and no waiting for the government to declare it, although if you paid attention to Green policies… 🙂

    Other calculations compare ‘ideal’ grass-fed cows to plant-based industrial farming to confuse the argument, but that doesn’t change the fundamentals, as we simply don’t have the land available to grass-feed as much meat as people currently eat.

    ‘We currently produce enough calories to feed 10-11 billion people worldwide, however, the majority of this food goes to feed livestock, not hungry people.’

    http://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/world-hunger-population-growth-ditching-meat/

    • Bill 6.1

      So okay. Meat and dairy accounts for 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gasses. That doesn’t actually mean very much since “greenhouse gasses” in that context includes any amount of neutral emissions and emissions from sources that can never be brought to zero.

      What’s the breakdown/difference in emissions from fossil associated with land use and energy?

      I can’t bring the numbers to mind at the moment, but I know that agriculture (land use) is typically a very distant second in that regard. And the important bit is that those emissions (from fossil) can be brought to zero.

      Meanwhile, to take your scenario to its extreme, we could wipe out livestock, have every person on the planet eat a vegan diet, and temperatures would continue to rise because fossil would still be being burned.

      • JessNZ 6.1.1

        The big picture of how to sustainably feed the growing population has been documented in its various forms since at least 1971 Diet for a Small Planet. Trying to play whackamole with the emissions figure as if that were the only point under discussion shows you are more interested in arguing than understanding. Also, animal based emissions (methane) are really not as easy to dismiss as you are pretending.

        Luckily, there’s heaps of research for those who are interested. The WHO talks about it, the UN talks about it , the World Resources Institute – search on sustainable diet and remember it’s their job to look at all of the factors (yes, including emissions) and returning a message so we have a tiny chance for the future.

        • Bill 6.1.1.1

          I’ve no argument with the proposition that we can feed the world’s population – at least for now and before we begin losing substantial amounts of agricultural land because of sea level rise (~ 25% of the world’s crop land gone at 1.5m sea level rise apparently, because “deltas”)

          In just about every OP on AGW I’ve done, (and given the idiotic assertions you make about me in your comments, I can only assume you haven’t read them) I make the point that land use emissions need to be reduced by as much as possible.

          I also make the point (often enough) that it’s dishonest not to separate out energy from land use because that allows policy makers and politicians to fudge and propose doing much less around emission reduction than what is necessary.

          I’ll state the obvious again and just for you.

          If we are serious about avoiding the effects of AGW, then fossil related emissions must be dropped to zero as fast as possible, and land use emissions need to squeezed as much as possible. There is no room for holding fossil emissions above zero on the basis they’ve been “off-set” by some land use emission having been dropped, or sink created – not if we’re being serious.

          • JessNZ 6.1.1.1.1

            You started by calling the claims nonsense because they don’t seem to address the issue you want to debate, and you said it was reasonable to a believe that even if meat were replaced by plant crops, agricultural fossil fuel use could remain steady or grow. This is nonsense.

            AGW is indeed one factor, along with all the other environmental issues caused by animal farming as in the start of the “nonsense” article ‘…It assessed the full impact of these foods, from farm to fork, on land use, climate change emissions, freshwater use and water pollution (eutrophication) and air pollution (acidification).’

            I think we need to get serious about all of those, not just emissions. Lack of freshwater could become urgent before AGW effects do.

            • Bill 6.1.1.1.1.1

              I called the claims for the nonsense they are because they are predicated on individual choices that ignore the systemic roots of the world’s current problems.

              I said it’s reasonable to envisage agricultural use of fossil increasing or holding steady in some instances where there has been a switch from livestock. Are you confident that in all scenarios of switching from sheep to almonds, for example, there would be a drop in fossil use?

              AGW trumps every other environmental concern that may be out there because its impacts are so wide-ranging. You can change land use to be the greenest of all the green and the effects of AGW has the potential to simply wipe out whatever you’ve created by way of intense drought, flood, dust storm, wind or any combination of those besides whatever other effects are coming our way (new disease/pest vectors, shifted climatic zones, sea level rise etc).

              Deal with AGW and we become incapable of exacerbating many of the other environmental problems we’ve created. (eg intense water use for dairy farming is no longer possible in a world that’s doing what needs to be done to ameliorate AGW – because there is no intensive dairy farming )

  7. Tricledrown 7

    Vegan or Vegetarians will save the health system $billions obesity diabetes and other diseases would decline rapidly.

    • adam 7.2

      No offence but most of the diabetics I know were either vegan or vegetarian. The majority stopped being vegan and/or vegetarian once they became diabetic.

      So Tricledrown you might wanna back up your assection with some science please.

  8. DS 8

    Reminds me of the truly toxic idea of Food Miles. Which ignores the fact that it is environmentally better (in terms of emissions) to produce dairy, lamb, and apples in New Zealand and then ship them to Britain, than it is for Britain to produce these things itself.

    • Bill 8.1

      If the refrigeration and shipping emissions, plus whatever else, are fudged – then sure, better for all of us if the Shropshire shopper buys lamb transported from NZ than lamb trotted along to the works in Shropshire. 🙄

  9. NZJester 9

    One way to optimize crop growing as well as animal farming and reduce the carbon footprint would be to build renewable energy powered hydroponic farms for crops. The fertilizer nutrients would be recycled through the system, so large amounts of it are not going into local waterways helping to clean them up. In greenhouse conditions, the crops can be grown all year round with a harvest every day creating a sustainable non-seasonal job that creates a better work environment for employees not having to worry about weather conditions putting a bite into their wage packets. You put the seed in one end and a slow conveyor system slowly transports it day by day from one side of the greenhouse to the other as it grows to be harvested on the other side. That means a steady flow of work and not being stood down a few days needing to wait for crops to be ready.
    Use of solar, wind and other renewable energy sources to power it all reducing carbon use and water waste quite a lot.
    Animals could be feed some of the crops in large grass areas under the wind turbines meaning there would be no need to pump fertilizer on the grass to make it grow faster as you would be supplementing the grass with other hydroponic foods. The cows waste could also be collected regularly and processed for use in supplying some of the nutrients for the growing of some crops. Electric vehicles used for farm purposes another major way to reduce carbon.

    • DB 9.1

      What a crock. Hydroponics doesn’t recycle nutrients it dumps them and the polluted water regularly.

      If you’re talking about Aquaponics then get facts straight. I got an 18 year old system hasn’t needed cleaning once. John Key that feckless idiot gave someone 50K for the same thing built 14 years after mine. I’ve had skin in this game for a long time.

      You sound like the guy trying to convince me we need LED’s to supplement field lighting.

      No idea WTF he was talking about.

      How we farm needs to change. Your proposed system is a big plastic factory, not a farm.

      Biodigestors. Wetlands. Azolla culture. Functional shelter belts. Mixed forestry. Cover cropping. Mixed pastures and perennial grasses. Water storage and distribution. Alternate power according to local conditions.

      It aint rocket science.

      We have the land, now convert it to more permaculture type systems. Corporate farmers will suffer, people and the land will flourish.

      Once we’ve mixed it up dairy will still be on the table, but also many other products to balance the diet and help reduce overall emissions.

      I agree fossil fuel use is a major contributor. But so are our habits. Buying greenwashed rubbish like (GE soy) tofu contributes to big corporate entities. Planting a garden directly reduces your bills, emissions, food miles. While providing aesthetics, exercise, items for trade, real nutrition…

      A garden will re-engage you with the world, your body, and your community.

      • Molly 9.1.1

        Enjoyed reading this comment AB.

        Have just completed an assignment on the Aquaculture push by the National government, so your reference to that struck a chord. But primarily, your thoughts on permaculture, diversity, people and gardens. Been out in the garden this last beautiful week up in Auckland, and will spend the wet rainy afternoon sorting through seeds, and watching Gardener’s World on Youtube.

        • greywarshark 9.1.1.1

          Molly
          There is some great stuff coming forward from commenters here like yourself who know or are learning useful future-facing knowledge. Did you mean AB or DB in your earlier 9 1 1 comment? (It is an indication for the advantage of an actual word that registers rather than anonymous letters I think)

  10. Marcus Morris 10

    Surely the key statement was:

    “More than 80% of farmland is used for livestock but it produces just 18% of food calories and 37% of protein” –

    I listened to a NZ agricultural scientist talking with Kathryn Ryan not too long ago when he made the suggestion that our use of prime agricultural land for dairy production was not necessarily the best strategy.

    It is a debate worth having especially in the light of the present crisis besetting the dairy industry. Given that fossil fuel use will, inevitably, be a major factor, what practice will give the best fuel to nutrition ratio.

  11. eco maori 11

    Audre excerlint link I tryed to convince one person that every Dairy Farms should have solar panels on cowshed roofs it would cost less if Fonterra Backed it well they have a mess to clean up now.
    Bill As for that articular in the Guardian about meat and dairy I read it any intelligent person will pick up that the study on meat and dairy products that the facts have gone through a Prism of someones $$$$$$$$$$$ and bent the facts to suit some people whom have a problem with this type of farming trying to suppress the demanded for meat and Dairy products I wounder why when I read a articular that has would or could it is full of ——– as far as Eco Maori is concerned. Ka kite ano

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  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    4 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    4 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    5 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    5 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    7 days ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Media impartiality
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    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • On The Rebound.
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    1 week ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
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    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Happy Halloween
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosing the risks
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • MPI fails again
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Gay Men Address Gender Identity
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s Going Gangbusters.
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    2 weeks ago
  • “Action for Healthy Waterways”: Some big ticket actions that the Government has neglected
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • ADHD and fluoride – wishful thinking supported by statistical manipulation?
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    2 weeks ago
  • “Line the wasters up!”: Yes, NZ, it’s “bash the poor!” time again with ya mate Simon…
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • A partial release
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: California burning
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • To Save Democracy, We Must Make The Media Our Own.
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    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    4 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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    4 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    5 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
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    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
    A change to the End of Life Choice Bill was passed in Parliament, meaning if politicians decide to vote for the law it must be approved by the public first. A binding referendum was a condition insisted on by New Zealand First, and Jenny Marcroft’s supplementary order paper (SOP) successfully ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Tairāwhiti Workforce development projects get $1.6m PGF boost
    Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), through its skills and employment programme, Te Ara Mahi, is investing a further $1.6m into Tairāwhiti’s workforce development, said Parliamentary Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “This PGF funding follows on from significant PGF investment earlier this ...
    3 weeks ago
  • NZ First welcomes primary sector support for climate change plan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Government’s steps to reduce farm livestock emissions are necessary and timely. Today the Government and farming leaders announced a plan to measure and price emissions at the farm level by 2025. “Many farmers ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones hits back at activists upset with immigration changes
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones has hit back at those who are upset over a change in approach to partnership visas. There has been a specific government directive to stop waiving requirements such as couples needing to have lived together for 12 months - a test Indian couples who have ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Next steps in Northland line upgrade underway
    The North Auckland Line rejuvenation kicks off with teams surveying the rail corridor and Northland construction contractors are showing interest in the project. KiwiRail provided an industry briefing for Northland contracting and construction companies about future work opportunities on rejuvenating Northland’s rail lines. The briefing session in Whangarei was held to ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    57 mins ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
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