Cairies – slow moving clouds.
New technologies will ‘not be enough’ to hit emission targets – Gerald Piddock:
As thousands of schoolchildren held nationwide strikes to demand action on climate change, 200 dairy farmers gathered in Rotorua to hear the latest science around ways the industry can lower its emissions.
What they heard at the DairyNZ Farmers Forum was there are no silver bullets to help the industry lower its emissions enough to hit the 47 per cent target by 2050 outlined in the Zero Carbon Bill currently going through Parliament.
DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle said he supported the principle of what the students were striking on. . .
Having the best of both worlds – Colin Williscroft:
When Logan Massie finished school he followed his dream and headed to Europe where he lived and breathed showjumping for a few years. These days he’s back working on the family farm but, as Colin Williscroft found, he hasn’t given up on returning to Europe to ride.
The saying goes that if your job involves something you love doing you’re far more likely to be successful,
Logan Massie is taking that to the next level by combining two jobs he loves: working on the family farm and running his own showjumping business.
He sees no reason why the two can’t work together. . .
Fingerprinting our food – Nigel Malthus:
A machine used by surgeons in delicate operations could eventually provide ways of guaranteeing New Zealand farm exports’ provenance.
And it could improve product traceability and deter supply chain fraud.
The machine is a rapid evaporative ionisation mass spectrometer (REIMS) now being evaluated at AgResearch’s Lincoln campus for its ability to detect the molecular phenotype or ‘fingerprint’ of samples of meat, milk, plants and wine.
Frosts have catapulted the central North Island into winter. In Southland farmers are putting sheep onto crops but crutching has been held up by rain.
Northland is still generally struggling for pasture. The higher rainfall farms are looking good but the rest are short. A lot of the dams, springs and streams are still dry and old timers can’t remember is being like this. As we’ve commented before, there was a lack of kikuyu in autumn … that’s now paying dividends because rye grass is popping up nicely. Beef cattle farmers are carrying fewer animals which helps with pasture covers too.
It was fine and sunny in South Auckland .. until Friday, when light rain and fog moved in. During the fine spell early morning temperatures dropped to near freezing but in general, a constant breeze kept frosts at bay. Conditions were perfect for outdoor growers to plant or sow crops but heating systems will have been working hard for crops grown indoors. Kiwifruit pruning gangs had a good few days too with no need for raincoats but instead had the early morning discomfort of very cold hands. . .
Lewis Road Creamery’s delicious new range is making a serious case for Jersey milk – Mina Kerr-Lazenby:
Milk, what was once a simple dairy product known primarily for its ability to ameliorate cereal or tea, has since found itself at the centre of a pretty ferocious debate. And now, with several conflicting arguments around the product’s ethics and health benefits, alongside spades of new varieties and brands on the market, most of us are left questioning which milk we should really be using.
Purveyors of all things dairy, Lewis Road Creamery, is making a case for a lesser-known varietal with its delicious new offering: a fresh range of premium, white Jersey Milks. Sourced solely from Jersey cows, the new range champions finer milk that is making a name for itself as a healthier and tastier alternative to the regular, and with a raft of benefits, here’s why you should be making the switch. . .
5 chemicals lurking in plant-based meats – Center for Consumer Freedom:
Veggie burgers don’t grow in the ground. They’re made in factories
When something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t. In recent years, more consumers are trying meat substitutes made with plants. But they’re not made only with plants. Fake meat can have over 50 chemical ingredients—something you wouldn’t realize if you’re ordering at a restaurant.
Consumer interest in fake meat has been piqued thanks to new manufacturing techniques that give plant-based “burgers” a taste more closely resembling real meat.
But how do corporations make plants taste and have mouthfeel resembling real beef? Chemical additives. After all, veggie burgers don’t grow in the ground. They’re made in factories.
Here are some things you might not know are in that veggie burger: . .
Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
The path that take us straight to its destination is a dull one indeed. It carries only the one message and when we have read it, we have read it. The winding road, however, is a continuous story. Each bend is a mystery and rounding it a discovery. – C.R. Milne
1180 First Battle of Uji, starting the Genpei War in Japan.
1280 – – The Battle of Moclín took place in the context of the Spanish Reconquista pitting the forces of the Kingdom of Castile against theEmirate of Granada. The battle resulted in a Granadian victory.
1314 First War of Scottish Independence The Battle of Bannockburn, south of Stirling, began.
1611 The mutinous crew of Henry Hudson‘s fourth voyage set Henry, his son and seven loyal crew members adrift in an open boat in what is now Hudson Bay; they were never heard from again.
1713 The French residents of Acadia were given one year to declare allegiance to Britain or leave Nova Scotia.
1757 Battle of Plassey – 3,000 British troops under Robert Clive defeated a 50,000 strong Indian army under Siraj Ud Daulah at Plassey.
1758 Seven Years’ War: Battle of Krefeld – British forces defeated French troops at Krefeld in Germany.
1760 – Seven Years’ War: Battle of Landeshut – Austria defeated Prussia.
1763 – Joséphine de Beauharnais, French wife of Napoleon I, was born (d. 1814).
1780 American Revolution: Battle of Springfield.
1794 Empress Catherine II of Russia granted Jews permission to settle in Kiev.
1812 War of 1812: Great Britain revoked the restrictions on American commerce, thus eliminating one of the chief reasons for going to war.
1812 – Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon I of France invaded Russia.
1860 The United States Congress established the Government Printing Office.
1894 King Edward VIII was born (d. 1972).
1917 In a game against the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox pitcherErnie Shore retired 26 batters in a row after replacing Babe Ruth, who had been ejected for punching the umpire.
1919 Estonian Liberation War: The decisive defeat of German Freikorps (Baltische Landeswehr) forces in the Battle of Cesis (Võnnu lahing). This day is celebrated as Victory Day in Estonia.
1926 – Annette Mbaye d’Erneville, Senegalese writer, was born.
1929 – June Carter Cash, American singer-songwriter and actress (Carter Family and The Carter Sisters), was born (d. 2003).
1936 – Richard Bach, American pilot and author, was born.
1937 Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets), was born (d. 2004) .
1938 The Civil Aeronautics Act was signed into law, forming the Civil Aeronautics Authority in the United States.
1940 – Mike Shrimpton, New Zealand cricketer and coach, was born (d. 2015).
1940 Adam Faith, English singer and actor was born, (d 2003).
1940 Stuart Sutcliffe, English musician (The Beatles) , was born (d. 1962).
1941 Roger McDonald, Australian author, was born.
1942 World War II: The first selections for the gas chamber at Auschwitz took place on a train load of Jews from Paris.
1942 World War II: Germany’s latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf FW190 was captured intact when it mistakenly landed at RAF Pembrey in Wales.
1945 World War II: The Battle of Okinawa ended when organised resistance of Imperial Japanese Army forces collapsed.
1946 The 1946 Vancouver Island earthquake struck Vancouver Island.
1949 – Sheila Noakes, Baroness Noakes, English accountant and politician, was born.
1956 Gamal Abdel Nasser was elected president of Egypt.
1958 The Dutch Reformed Church accepted women ministers.
1959 A fire in a resort hotel in Stalheim, Norway killed 34 people.
1961 The Antarctic Treaty, which set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and banned military activity on the continent, came into force after the opening date for signature set for the December 1, 1959.
1965 Paul Arthurs, British guitarist (Oasis), was born.
1967 Cold War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson met with Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin in Glassboro, New Jersey for the three-day Glassboro Summit Conference.
1969 Warren E. Burger was sworn in as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court by retiring chief justice Earl Warren.
1972 Watergate Scandal: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and White House chief of staff H. R. Haldeman were taped talking about using the Central Intelligence Agency to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the Watergate break-ins.
1972 45 countries left the Sterling Area, allowing their currencies to fluctuate independently of the British Pound.
1973 The International Court of Justice condemned French nuclear tests in the Pacific.
1973 A fire at a house in Hull, England, which killed a six year old boy was passed off as an accident; it later emerged as the first of 26 deaths by fire caused over the next seven years by arsonist Peter Dinsdale.
1985 A terrorist bomb aboard Air India flight 182 brought the Boeing 747 down off the coast of Ireland, killing all 329 aboard.
1988 James E. Hansen testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that it is 99% probable that global warming had begun.
1989 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a law passed by the U.S. Congress banning all sexually oriented phone message services was unconstitutional.
1991 Moldova declared independence.
1998 – Paul Reitsma resigned his seat in the British Columbia legislature; the first elected politician in the British Commonwealth to be removed from office by legally-binding petition.
2016 – The United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, by 52% to 48%.
2017 – A series of terrorist attacks took place in Pakistan resulting in 96 deaths and 200 wounded.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia