I came across this advertisement during the election campaign but didn’t use it because I believed people were better giving their party votes to National.
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However, the plea for the party vote, aside, the message about where the money for services comes from is right and reinforced by this story:
Research funding from the dairying and soft drink industries could be declined on ethical grounds under proposals being worked through by the University of Canterbury.
The university is in the midst of a wide-ranging debate about ethical research funding – who academics should and shouldn’t accept money from, and for what research purpose.
Currently, research funding from the tobacco and armaments industries could be declined.
Some academics have argued that should extend to certain industry-funded alcohol, gambling, dairying, mining and soft drink research.
Others believed there should be no prohibition and that the acceptance of funding should be left to individual moral judgements. . .
The issue appears to be water quality.
It’s not a good reflection on the scientific rigor that researchers would write off a whole industry on the strength of what some farmers used to do and take no notice of what’s being done to improve matters.
Dairying farming has been contributing to the deterioration of water quality but farmers and those who supply and support them are making good progress on cleaning up their practices.
There is still more work to do and it will need good science to help. Would researchers turn down money from the industry if it was investigating ways to improve its environmental impact?
This issue, lumping dairying with alcohol and arms, highlights the dark green anti-farming stance which counts the costs but not the benefits.
The dairy industry produces milk which is an important source of nutrients for people here and even more overseas.
The food we export earns a lot of the money which enables us to pay our way in the world and import goods and services from other countries.
The tax paid by farmers and those who service and supply them and process, distribute, market and sell what they produce is what funds universities and hospitals.
If they’re going to turn down money from dairy companies, will they also turn down the tax revenue from the industry which funds the institutions where they work?