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Success from the ground up – Luke Chivers:
Future Post is leading change in on-farm sustainability with its new environmentally friendly fence post that won the top Agricultural Innovation award at this year’s Fieldays.
“It came as a huge surprise,” Future Post founder Jerome Wenzlick said.
“We weren’t expecting to win, that’s for sure.” . .
Whereas I’m not exactly persuaded by James Cameron and Sir Peter Jackson that New Zealand can or should go meat-free, I’m pretty sure we could manage without three more Avatar films.
“What we need,” Cameron told us last week, “is a nice transition to a meatless or relatively meatless world in 20 or 30 years.”
Even for a filmmaker better known for special effects than human-seeming dialogue, this is a clunker.
To be fair, though, when you’ve made a couple of billion dollars from blue aliens on a fictitious planet, and when you have come to regard New Zealand as your personal movie set, what’s so hard about replacing dairy and meat with plant-based alternatives? . . .
Grain sector sees bold future – Annette Scott:
New Zealand is behind other countries in developing and investing in plant-based food ingredients and it’s time to bite the bullet, Plant Research managing director Adrian Russell says.
Agriculture and the world food supply are in the biggest revolution in history, Russell told the Grain and Seed Industry Forum at Lincoln.
“There’s incredibly exciting times to get into as an industry, things are changing and we need to change with it.
“The rise of the flexitarian consuming less meat is predicted to quadruple global pea protein demand by 2025. . .
Rural boards changing – Brent Melville:
Rural New Zealand boardrooms, once the exclusive enclave of the old boys’ club, are becoming more diversified.
It is not happening quickly. But it is happening.
Women account for only about one in four board members of the large primary sector co-operatives. Two are on the 11-strong Fonterra board and they comprise two of seven on the Silver Fern Farms board, two of nine on the Board of Alliance Farmers Produce and three of 10 on the Farmlands board. . .
New job helps with title aspirations – Sally Brooker:
Alan Harvey’s new job is proving great preparation for his tilt at the Young Farmer of the Year title.
The Aorangi region representative in the grand final has moved from being an agricultural consultant for Agri Planz to operations manager for North Otago dairy farming company Borst Holdings Ltd.
After winning the Aorangi competition in February, Mr Harvey said he would have to work on his knowledge of the dairy sector before the national final in Hawke’s Bay on July 4 to 6. So he is filling the gaps in his knowledge while enjoying the variety his job brings. . .
A locally developed, industry-led source assurance programme will set the bar for consumers by enabling them to trace their eggs back to the farm they came from to verify that the eggs they want to buy are the eggs in the carton, says New Zealand’s Egg Producers Federation (EPF).
“True source assurance comes from authenticity across multiple platforms, and for that reason, we see this as the most ambitious primary industry-led programme available,” says EPF Executive Director, Michael Brooks. . .
The slow welcome death of GMO panic – Abe Greenwald:
In the United States, the public panic about the dangers of genetically modified foods is fading fast. This is an amazing—and rare—triumph of reason and science over public hysteria and political posturing.
On Monday, for example, the New York Times published an article by Knuvul Sheikh detailing recent advances in genetically modified crops without offering a single word about potential health dangers or environmental concerns. In fact, it seems there’s a rebranding effort on the left to hype GMO foods as a vital response to climate change.
After describing the benefits of growing plants under artificial light conditions, Sheikh writes: “Researchers have also adopted new genetic techniques to optimize flowering times and make plants more resistant to the rigors of a warming planet.” What types of techniques? None other than Crispr-style gene editing: “Unlike older crossbreeding and crop modification techniques, newer tools like Crispr allow scientists to snip out portions of the plant’s own DNA that may make it vulnerable to disease. . .
Tricking customers into eating fake meat is a hell of a mistake:
Hell Pizza denies misleading customers by covertly serving fake meat, despite a lawyer’s warning the company may have breached the Fair Trading Act.
Thousands of Kiwis unwittingly sampled Beyond Meat after Hell quietly added the product to its menu.
The New Zealand-owned chain launched its burger pizza last Friday, with ingredients including “medium-rare burger patty”.
After selling thousands of the pizzas to customers around the country, Hell revealed on Wednesday the patties were a plant-based creation from US company Beyond Meat.
Marketing lawyer Rae Nield said there was a high risk Hell was in breach of the Act, which protected consumers from being misled.
“What does a reasonable consumer expect if it says “burger” and there’s no qualifier – it doesn’t say “veggie” or “meat-free”. A reasonable consumer is going to think that means meat.” . .
A pizza burger combo doesn’t appeal to me, but if I did order it I’d want to know what I was eating and people with allergies need to know what’s in their food.
But what really gets me is the sanctimony from company general manager Ben Cumming:
“We care about the planet and want to start a conversation and raise awareness about sustainable food choices.
“A lot of people are instantly put off by the idea of fake meats, so we made the call to not reveal its meat-free origins to [people] eating it because we were so confident they’d enjoy these patties,” he said. . .
Customers aren’t children to be fooled into eating something new by companies that think they know best.
If Hell wanted people to try the fake stuff, they could have offered bite-sized tastes.
Besides whether or non-meat alternatives are better for the planet is up for debate, and whether something so highly processed made in a lab from so many ingredients, is healthier than paddock raised, grass-fed meat is also moot.
I don’t know which of the above is dog meat, I’d prefer a chop or a steak rather to any of them.
The answer follows the break.
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The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
1149 Raymond of Antioch was defeated and killed at the Battle of Inab by Nur ad-Din Zangi.
1194 Sverre was crowned King of Norway.
1444 Skanderbeg defeated an Ottoman invasion force at Torvioll.
1482 – Maria of Aragon, Queen of Portugal, was born (d. 1517).
1613 The Globe Theatre in London burned to the ground.
1659 Battle of Konotop: Ukrainian armies of Ivan Vyhovsky defeated the Russians, led by Prince Trubetskoy.
1749 New Governor Charles de la Ralière Des Herbiers arrives at Isle Royale (Cape Breton Island).
1786 Alexander Macdonell and more than five hundred Roman Catholic highlanders left Scotland to settle in Glengarry County, Ontario.
1849 – Pedro Montt, Chilean lawyer and politician, 15th President of Chile, was born (d. 1910).
1850 Coal was discovered on Vancouver Island.
1850 Autocephaly officially granted by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to the Church of Greece.
1861 William James Mayo, American physician, was born (d. 1939).
1862 – The steamer White Swan was wrecked on the Wairarapa coast.
1864 Ninety-nine people were killed in Canada’s worst railway disaster near St-Hilaire, Quebec.
1874 Greek politician Charilaos Trikoupis published a manifesto in the Athens daily Kairoi entitled “Who’s to Blame?” in which he laid out his complaints against King George.
1880 France annexed Tahiti.
1895 Doukhobors burned their weapons as a protest against conscription by the Tsarist Russian government.
1900 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer, was born (d. 1944).
1901 Nelson Eddy, American singer and actor, was born (d. 1967).
1914 Jina Guseva attempted to assassinate Grigori Rasputin.
1916 Sir Roger Casement, Irish Nationalist and British diplomat was sentenced to death for his part in the Easter Rising.
1922 France granted 1 km² at Vimy Ridge “freely, and for all time, to the Government of Canada, the free use of the land exempt from all taxes.”
1925 Canada House opened in London.
1926 Arthur Meighen returned to office as Prime Minister of Canada.
1927 First test of Wallace Turnbull’s Controllable pitch propeller.
1937 Joseph-Armand Bombardier of Canada received a patent for sprocket and track traction system used in snow vehicles.
1943 Little Eva, American singer, was born (d. 2003).
1945 Carpathian Ruthenia was annexed by Soviet Union.
1972 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the death penalty could constitute “cruel and unusual punishment”.
1974 Isabel Perón was sworn in as the first female President of Argentina.
1976 Bret McKenzie, New Zealand musician, (Flight of the Conchords) was born.
1976 The Seychelles became independent from the United Kingdom.
1990 Dr Penny Jamieson became the first woman in the world to be appointed an Anglican bishop.
1995 The Sampoong Department Store collapsed in Seoul, killing 501 and injuring 937.
2006 Hamdan v. Rumsfeld: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that President George W. Bush’s plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violated U.S. and international law.
2007 Two car bombs were found in the heart of London at Piccadilly Circus.
2012 – A derecho struck the eastern United States, leaving at least 22 people dead and millions without power.
2014 – The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant self-declared its caliphate in Syria and northern Iraq.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia