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Zealand gets $170m research programme

18-Aug-2010

A seven-year scheme, backed by the New Zealand government, and supported by industry, will invest around NZ $170m in training and research, helping to “drive change in the dairy industry”. More

Staging the collapse of private dairy operations: A corporate coup’, Part 1

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ppjg-48Copyright: October 23, 2009 by Marti Oakley  fireflyari@meltel.net

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Staging the collapse of private dairy operations: A corporate coup’

A 2007 University of Georgia article entitled “New Zealand Partnership may boost milk in Georgia” caught my attention as it seemed to be arbitrary to everything from the USDA I had been reading.  According to the article6_4gmo Georgia had lost more than 150 dairy’s since 2000 and predicted a milk shortage if this new technology, covered by proprietary right under the TRIPS (1) agreement, wasn’t implemented.  The eastern seaboard could see a milk shortage.

This all sounded really alarming until I remembered that the USDA had a long running program of dairy herd culling; eliminating or thinning of dairy herds across the US by the thousands due to a “glut” of milk on the market.  How could Georgia possibly be in danger of inadequate milk supplies: apparently there is so much milk on the market, dairy cows are being slaughtered for meat to slow milk production. With this in mind, I looked into what this New Zealand Partnership might be about. More

Jackass Alert! USDA: Oh no you didn’t!

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PPJG original post.  Author: Marti Oakley © August 22, 2009 4:23 pm cst

This is such a crock even I can’t believe it.  This is the actual public statement by USDA claiming they heard substantial support for NAIS/Premises ID.  What were these people smoking? 

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“Officials with the Department of Agriculture said they heard

substantial support for animal disease traceability during a series of

public meetings but many animal owners indicated concerns. Cost,

privacy, bureaucracy, liability in the event of a disease outbreak,

and the religious implications of such animal identification are

behind ongoing opposition to the department’s National Animal

Identification System.” More

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