NEW ZEALAND’S AGRICULTURAL PROTECTION SITUATION
Our politicians in New Zealand were joking the other day about X-Raying the unemployed’s veins in the form of Non-Pharmaceutical issued drug testing. That was the morning that the GlaxoKleinSmith British company was fined $3billion in a ground-breaking court case.
Instead though, what’s vital to New Zealand’s economy is a kind of X-Ray that protects NZ’s agricultural industries: The Ministry of Primary Industries admits it needs to X-Ray imported agricultural products that could impair NZ’s superfoods growing capability reputation as a super nation of the world in coming years. Chinese imports were blamed for the last setbacks of biological attacks on NZ’s commercial gardeners. Read that at the dig.
In farming news: Although New Zealand recently sold its knowledge bank representing all farmers’ (past) accummulative IP in being some of the best livestock kaitiaki in the world and agreed in principle to sell 20% of our largest dairy co-op’ profits-generating capacity to foreigners, today farming compliance has taken the form of introducing a livestock tracking system containing radio frequency technology. The story goes:
“More than 6000 farmers have registered this week for a compulsory electronic tagging system for livestock, which went live over the weekend.
The National Animal Identification and Tracing scheme (Nait) became mandatory for cattle last Sunday and will go live for deer from March next year.
Farmers and people working with livestock are now required by law to tag animals with a radio frequency identification device (RFID) ear tag, which provides up-to-date information on individual animal locations and movements.
The aim is to boost biosecurity by tracing livestock from birth and farmers will keep records of all deaths, losses or exports of live cattle or deer.
About 30,000 people and their properties registered on the database before Sunday, and that had risen to about 36,500 by this morning, said NAIT chief executive Russell Burnard.”
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And in entertainment news: Katy Perry suspended from school for humping tree.
I got suspended for smoking the ganja, once. At 13! Go figure! I was allowed to stay in school as long as I agreed to mix with people my own age.
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~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.7.12~