Greenpeace activists might have had a case if they were protesting about the biosecurity risks from importing palm kernel extract.
But in undertaking an act of piracy and attacking Fonterra they had the wrong target for the wrong reasons.
Federated Farmers president Don Nicolson was right to call it an act of piracy.
“I fully respect the freedom of Greenpeace to protest legally but they have crossed the line by interfering with legal commerce and free navigation on the high seas.
“That’s why the Police need to take this act of piracy, or sea-robbery, very seriously and prosecute those activists to the full extent of the law. Those activists need to be sent a message that is unequivocal and clear. They need to be made an example of.
“It’s also economic treason designed to damage New Zealand’s reputation abroad. Greenpeace is actually anti-farming and these new tactics show how low they are prepared to go.
Nicolson pointed out PKE is a waste by-product of a waste by-product, derived from producing palm oil we eat or consume daily.
This point was made by Feds’ biosecurity spokesman John Hartnell in an earlier media release:
“Palm kernel extract is a waste by-product left over from the processing of palm oil for consumer products. I can’t state that enough, palm kernel is a waste by-product.
“Palm kernel has so little commercial value that if it isn’t recycled into supplementary feed, it is burnt. That doesn’t sound too great for either climate change or the environment. . .
“Palm plantations aren’t created just to generate a waste by-product, just as newspapers don’t exist solely to support recycling.
Farming is a much easier target than the people who buy potato chips and all the other food which contains palm oil and Nicolson correctly points out:
“Greenpeace knows it cannot win the argument on logic so has resorted to illegal means to express its lies. It’s a despicable new tactic that has Greenpeace’s loathing of farming written all over that ship.
Fonterra said the ship wasn’t carrying any feed bound for its stores and that it only uses pke from sustainable sources.
The 14 activists who illegally boarded the ship have been arrested.