The increasingly strident anti-dairy campaigns are hitting dairy farmers’ children:
Children of dairy farmers are being bullied at school, just because of the work their parents do.
This was revealed by DairyNZ director Ben Allomes, speaking at a dairy farmers’ forum in Manawatu recently.
Allomes says such behaviour is terrible, and it seems the campaign against dairying is being ramped up as the September election draws near.
Dairy farmers are becoming very sensitive to criticism and feel ‘got at’ by the mainstream media, he says.
“When we start hearing more of the negative media stories it impacts more on us and we are more critical of ourselves and more aware of the impact.
“When you read and hear nothing but negative media stories it brings you down and you are more sensitive to it.
“Farmers get out of bed to do their best for their family and the rest of their country but then get cut to pieces. It isn’t pleasant… especially for kids at school being bullied.” . .
Do the children bullying dairy farmers’ children drink milk, eat cheese, ice cream or yoghurt?
Do the adults who swallow the anti-dairying messages eat dairy products and do they realise how much poorer the country would be and how much less there would be to spend on social services and infrastructure if it wasn’t for the billions of dollars in foreign exchange which dairying earns?
The economic contribution doesn’t excuse poor environmental practices.
But contrary to too much of the media coverage, most farmers are not environmental vandals and are working very hard to ensure are farming sustainably and, especially, that they are looking after water ways.