Etiolate – to make pale or sickly; make weak by stunting the growth or development of; bleach and alter the natural development of (a green plant) by excluding sunlight; developed without chlorophyll by being deprived of light.
Bacteria detector set to scale up for food industry – Peter Kerr at sticK:
I’m always a bit of a sucker for innovations and improvements that add value to our biological industries.
After all, as a country we’d be fools not to play to our major strength in producing food and fibre.
An innovation’s appeal is also greatly increased when it solves a problem – and in this particular case it is instantly identifying the presence of bacteria in food products.
It’s one reason I’m keen on seeing Veritide’s real-time, non-contact bacterial scanner gain more traction. (Note: Veritide’s in the process of updating its website following its pivot to concentrate on the food industry). . .
Synlait well structured for a successful future – Allan Barber:
Synlait Milk’s $120 million capital raising will enable the company to restructure debt and invest in several new initiatives, including a lactoferrin plant, a third dryer, a butter plant, testing laboratory and dry store. The share offer is made up of $75 million of new capital and $45 million sell down by some of the exiting shareholders.
All the signs point to this capital raising being a success, unlike the attempt to raise $150 million in 2009 which was shunned by New Zealand investors. . .
Fonterra has announced a $27 million investment in a dry store distribution centre at its Te Rapa site that will strengthen its Waikato operations and allow the Co-operative to deliver product more efficiently to its customers.
Fonterra’s Director Logistics Network, Mark Leslie, says the dry store will provide the Co-operative annual benefits of nearly $5m through reduced operating costs.
“Our seasonal production means that we store product until we receive orders. The new dry store will enable us to store product at the site of manufacture right through the peak of the season and to more efficiently manage the flow of goods through to our customers by better utilising the rail infrastructure out of our Crawford St distribution centre,” says Mr Leslie. . .
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is being congratulated by Federated Farmers for the difficult decisions it has made around the use of organophosphates and carbamates (OPC’s).
“Extending the use of Diazinon through to 2028 was the right thing to do because farmers have little or no alternatives at this time,” says Dr William Rolleston, Federated Farmers Vice-President.
“Home gardeners and farmers both know that diazinon is the most effective agrichemical we currently have to treat grass grub and porina. An issue may arise if by the end of the next 15-years we fail to have approved replacements in the toolbox. . .
The chair of the newly appointed Crown Irrigation Investments board, Alison Paterson, is welcoming the opportunity to help develop large-scale irrigation infrastructure.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has this morning announced the establishment of the new company and the appointment of all members of the Establishment Board to the board of the new company. . . .
IrrigationNZ has congratulated the Government on the establishment of the new Crown company ‘Irrigation Investments Ltd’ – but signals action is needed quickly before opportunities are lost.
The $80million investment company was announced this week as a “bridging investor” to help irrigation projects that may not otherwise get off the ground. . .
This week sees a new arrival in the primary sector with the launch of OSPRI New Zealand.
Formed on 1 July, following the merger of the Animal Health Board and NAIT, the national animal identification and tracing scheme, OSPRI has been set up to bring together existing expertise and, as its name implies, to provide creative operational solutions.
“We are excited by the prospect of developing some creative operational solutions for the sector,” said OSPRI Chief Executive William McCook. . .
Dr Steve Merchant is the new President of the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA). His first official public engagement is welcoming delegates at the opening plenary of the NZVA’s annual conference in Palmerston North this week (3 and 4 July).
He is a founding director of the Pet Doctors Group. Established in 2005, this is an expanding network of clinics made up of like-minded veterinarians who share resources and take a team-based approach to animal care. . .
Newly formed avocado exporter AVOCO has raised its forecast for this season’s earnings in Australia and now expects to hit the $50 million mark by the end of the harvest, which starts in late August.
Alistair Young, a director of AVOCO, says latest analysis of the potential harvest suggests there will be a better yield than usual, without it being a brilliant harvest. Formed recently by the two largest avocado exporters, AVOCO represents about 75% of all the growers in New Zealand and holds a similar-sized chunk of sales into the Australian market. . .
They’ve been celebrated in verse (by the likes of Emily Dickinson, William Blake and Kahlil Gibran) – in song (by the likes of Gloria Gaynor, Blake Shelton and Owl City) – and in popular culture (with spelling bees, ‘Buzzy Bees’ and Wellington’s own ‘Beehive’). But the humble bee stands poised to get a new tribute this week, with the release of a special set of postage stamps.
The Honey Bees stamp issue celebrates the industrious insects on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the National Beekeepers’ Association of New Zealand.
Honey bees, which are of European origin, have played a key role in New Zealand horticulture for over 150 years – pollinating essential crops and producing up to 12,000 tonnes of honey per annum, with as much as half of that being exported. . .
If you could invite any five (ish) people, living or dead* for dinner, who would you choose?
(* we’re assuming they’re miraculously alive and well enough to enjoy dining).
Issuing police with smartphones and tablets is smart policy.
An iPlod on the beat is worth far more than one in the office.
The trade weighted price of milk increased .7% in this morning’s GlobalDairyTrade auction.
The price of anhydrous milk fat increased 1.2%; butter was down 5.7%; butter milk powder rose 6%; cheddar dropped 3.7%; rennet casein increased 7.9% skim milk powder was up by 3.1% and whole milk powder inched up .1%.
The Green party is blaming intensified dairying for a deterioration in water quality noted in the release of the Ministry of Health’s annual drinking water survey.
But Federated Farmers chief executive Conor English says the rural sector is only partly to blame for the drop in quality.
“The farming community accepts that farming has an impact on the environment, we take that very seriously, and we’ve invested enormous amounts of money in mitigating whatever our impacts are, but we want an open and honest discussion about water quality.”
Mr English said water quality was something urban dwellers should take equal responsibility for.
“Every New Zealander needs to take responsibility for their environmental impact. It doesn’t matter where you live. . .
He said it was unfair to lay the blame on farmers every time beaches and rivers are closed in cities.
“There are no cows living in Wellington, there are no cows living in Auckland.” . . .
Saying you’re contributing to problems too won’t solve them.
But English is right.
We’re all responsible for water quality.
Some FAQs and a link to the full report are here
George Monbiot says farming subsidies are a transfer of cash to the rich.
The main subsidy, the single farm payment, is doled out by the hectare. The more land you own or rent, the more money you receive. . .
When our government says “we must help the farmers”, it means “we must help the 0.1%”. Most of the land here is owned by exceedingly wealthy people. Some of them are millionaires from elsewhere: sheikhs, oligarchs and mining magnates who own vast estates in this country. Although they might pay no taxes in the UK, they receive millions in farm subsidies. They are the world’s most successful benefit tourists. Yet, amid the manufactured terror of immigrants living off British welfare payments, we scarcely hear a word said against them. . .
Thanks in large part to subsidies, the value of farmland in the UK has tripled in 10 years: it has risen faster than almost any other speculative asset. . .
An uncapped subsidy system damages the interests of small farmers. It reinforces the economies of scale enjoyed by the biggest landlords, helping them to drive the small producers out of business. . .
He could have added that subsidies distort the usual rules of supply and demand, increase inefficiencies, limit choice and add costs for consumers, protect poor performers from their own folly and create unfair competition for non-subsidised produce.
Most New Zealand farmers were somewhat less than enthusiastic about being dragged into the real world by the Lange-Douglas government in the mid 1980s but I haven’t met a single one who would want to go back to subsidies.
It’s better to face the market and prosper, or not, as a result of your own efforts than be at the mercy of political and bureaucratic whim.
Hat tip: Tim Worstall
324 Battle of Adrianople Constantine I defeated Licinius.
987 Hugh Capet was crowned King of France, the first of the Capetian dynasty.
1608 Québec City was founded by Samuel de Champlain.
1728 Robert Adam, Scottish architect, was born (d. 1792).
1754 French and Indian War: George Washington surrendered Fort Necessity to French forces.
1767 Norway’s oldest newspaper still in print, Adresseavisen, was founded and the first edition published.
1775 American Revolutionary War: George Washington took command of the Continental Army.
1778 American Revolutionary War: British forces massacred 360 people in the Wyoming Valley massacre.
1819 The Bank of Savings in New York City, the first savings bank in the United States, opened.
1844 The last pair of Great Auks was killed.
1848 Slaves were freed in the Danish West Indies (now U.S. Virgin Islands) by Peter von Scholten in the culmination of a year-long plot by enslaved Africans.
1849 The French entered Rome to restore Pope Pius IX to power.
1852 Congress established the United States’ 2nd mint in San Francisco, California.
1866 Austro-Prussian War was decided at the Battle of Königgratz, resulting in Prussia taking over as the prominent German nation from Austria.
1884 Dow Jones and Company publishes its first stock average.
1886 Karl Benz officially unveiled the Benz Patent Motorwagen – the first purpose-built automobile.
1886 The New York Tribune became the first newspaper to use a linotype machine, eliminating typesetting by hand.
1913 Confederate veterans at the Great Reunion of 1913 reenacted Pickett’s Charge; upon reaching the high-water mark of the Confederacy they were met by the outstretched hands of friendship from Union survivors.
1937 Tom Stoppard, Czech-born, British playwright, was born.
1938 World speed record for a steam railway locomotive was set in England, by the Mallard, which reaches a speed of 126 miles per hour (203 km/h).
1938 President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Eternal Light Peace Memorial and lights the eternal flame at Gettysburg Battlefield.
1940 World War II: the French fleet of the Atlantic was bombarded by the British fleet, coming from Gibraltar, causing the loss of three battleships: Dunkerque, Provence and Bretagne, and death of 1200 sailors.
1944 World War II: Minsk was liberated from Nazi control by Soviet troops during Operation Bagration.
1947 Dave Barry, American humorist and author, was born.
1950 – Ewen Chatfield, New Zealand cricketer, was born.
1951 Richard Hadlee, New Zealand cricketer, was born.
1952 Puerto Rico’s Constitution was approved by the Congress of the United States.
1959 Julie Burchill, British journalist and author, was born.
1960 Vince Clarke, British songwriter (Depeche Mode, Yazoo, and Erasure), was born.
1962 Tom Cruise, American actor, was born.
1962 The Algerian War of Independence against the French ended.
1963 In New Zealand’s worst internal civil aviation accident, all 23 passengers and crew were killed when a DC3 crashed in the Kaimai Range. Helicopters were used for the first time in the search and rescue operation that followed.
1964 Joanne Harris, British author, was born.
1969 The biggest explosion in the history of rocketry occurred when the Soviet N1 rocket exploded and destroyed its launchpad.
1970 The Troubles: the “Falls Curfew” began in Belfast.
1970 A British Dan-Air De Havilland Comet chartered jetliner crashed into mountains north of Barcelona killing 113 people.
1977 The Senegalese Republican Movement was founded.
1979 US President Jimmy Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.
1986 US President Ronald Reagan presided over the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty.
1988 Winston Reid, New Zealand– Danish Football Player, was born.
1988 The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey was completed, providing the second connection between the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus.
1994 The deadliest day in Texas traffic history when 46 people were killed in crashes.
1996 Stone of Scone was returned to Scotland.
2001 A Vladivostok Avia Tupolev TU-154 jetliner crashed on approach to landing at Irkutsk, Russia killing 145 people.
2004 Official opening of Bangkok’s subway system.
2005 Same-sex marriage was legalised in Spain.
2006 Valencia metro accident left 43 dead.
2006 Asteroid 2004 XP14 flew within 432,308 kilometres (268,624 mi) of Earth.
2009 Mark II.5 Skytrain cars entered service in Metro Vancouver.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.