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The world stands on the brink of a food crisis worse than any seen in the last 50 years, the UN has warned as it urged governments to act swiftly to avoid disaster.
So what is the Ardern government doing about it? Shouldn’t it be working to ramp up food production? After all, NZ prides itself on being among the world’s leaders in producing high-quality food.
Instead, Climate Change Minister James Shaw is celebrating being “ ambitious” in tackling what he calls the climate crisis with, he says, . .
Carbon farming ‘a waste of land’ driving rural residents away – farmers – Lisette Reymer:
There are warnings that New Zealand’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2050 is destroying rural communities.
Productive sheep and beef east coast farmland is being blanketed in pine trees that may never be harvested in a mission called ‘carbon farming’, where trees are grown for carbon credits, not for sale.
The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) makes carbon farming a financial windfall for landowners – often making it more lucrative than farming stock or milling the trees for export.
And east coasters fear an impending forestry boom will turn more of its communities into ghost towns. . .
Rural women missing out on vital pregnancy ultrasounds – Conor Whitten:
Maternity care is supposed to be free and available to every woman – but that isn’t the case.
Senior doctors have told Newshub Nation that funding for maternity care is broken and pregnant women are missing out on ultrasound scans – and Health Minister David Clark has known about it for at least two years.
Lack of access to healthcare for pregnant women can see them miss out on crucial scans, including some that should be offered to every pregnant woman. Going without can have tragic consequences, as Kaitaia midwife Shelley Tweedie told Newshub Nation.
“The worst outcome you could look at is having a foetal demise, a baby dying. That would be the worst outcome that could happen from a lack of access to ultrasound services. It is absolutely devastating. Nobody would want to go through that.” . .
Action, not old news, needed now – Neal Wallace:
There is plenty the Rural General Practice Network likes about the just released review of health services.
Now it wants to see action to address the issues.
The Health and Disability System Review said the inequitable access by rural communities to health care is unacceptable, Network chief executive Grant Davidson said.
Rural health in New Zealand is at breaking point. . .
Art raising money and awareness – Colin Williscroft:
Taranaki artist Paul Rangiwahia wrote and produced Top Six Inches in a collaboration with Taranaki Rural Support Trust chairman and national council member Mike Green.
Green says art is a great way to break down the stigma of mental health while helping people talk about what they are experiencing and feeling.
“Two things which make depression much more likely are having long-term sources of stress and an insecure future,” he says. . .
In a world first, a PhD student at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture is developing predictive tools to influence food safety management decisions for the soft cheese, paneer.
Paneer is a fresh, unaged, soft cheese that is particularly popular in South Asia, but is made and sold around the world.
In Australia, there are currently eight major brands producing paneer, across NSW, Victoria and northern Tasmania.
Not a lot is known about how pathogens behave in paneer and this information is important for refining food safety regulations. . .
The Minister of Health, David Clark, is Minister in name only, the oversight of border controls has been passed to the military and another Minister, Megan Woods, but it’s still an omnishambles.
A friend arrived in New Zealand 11 days ago, she still hasn’t had a test for the virus.
She has asked for one, as have others on her flight who are at the same isolation hotel. None of them has been given one and none has been told when they’ll get one even though everyone is supposed to be tested on days three and 11.
She said her hotel is probably one of the better ones for protocols with social distancing but new intakes are arriving each day so even if everyone is careful about social distancing, there’s a heightened risk of arrivals from different cohorts infecting those who’ve been there longer.
She’s in Auckland but a friend of hers was one of those who was put on a bus and only when they were well on the way were they told they were going to Rotorua.
Were those in control scared of a revolt if they announced the destination earlier?
If there is not enough accommodation for isolation and quarantine in Auckland people have to go somewhere else but surely they should be told where they’re going, especially if they’ll be on a bus for four hours as those going to Rotorua were.
There is a health risk for people sitting still on a long flight that is exacerbated if it’s followed by sitting still for a long time soon after. Several years ago a friend flew from New Zealand to London then drove three hours, got deep vein thrombosis and died as a result.
I supposed we should be grateful that even though everyone is still not getting tested on days three and 11, more people are being tested before they leave isolation and tests are catching people.
There’s been at least one more case since yesterday’s announcement of two more cases:
That makes eight cases caught in the past few days.
Had it not been for the agitation from National MPs and the media at least some of these people could well have been leaving isolation without a test.
. . .The management of people arriving at the border has cost the government $81 million so far.
That’s a lot of money to spend on a sieve when you needed – and thought you were buying – a top-quality bucket. . .
We can’t know how many people with the disease have slipped through the sieve, but if there have been eight cases detected among people coming in from overseas in less than a week, is it possible there were absolutely no cases among all those people who have come into the country and not been tested in the past couple of months?
More than 200 people a day for a couple of months is a very big number to have no infections.
Given how rife the disease is overseas, it is almost impossible that there has been not been people with the disease, asymptomatic or not, who came in, went through isolation and were released without a test.
We have been very, very badly let down by the government and the agencies that were supposed to be keeping the border secure.
And while the military and another Minister have taken charge, the management of isolation still seems to be an omnishambles when people who ask for tests aren’t getting them and don’t know when they will.