Posts tagged "Greenpeace"

Former activist and scholars drive re-think on genetically modified crops

[17 September/ABC News] There will be an independent review into South Australia’s moratorium on genetically modified crops. Economist and Agriculture Policy Analyst Emeritus Professor, Kym Anderson, will look at the benefits and costs of the State’s moratorium. The South Australian Minister for Primary Industries, Tim Whetstone, said the previous extension of the moratorium was done...

Farmers face pressure under climate change legislation

[30 August/Radio NZ] Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, said to prevent global warming, methane emissions needed to fall by 10 to 22 percent. Farmers who thought they would get an easy ride in the legislation were unhappy. The report followed intense debate about the impact of methane on climate change. Farmers argued it...

Pledges to limit Antarctic krill harvest a first step – Greenpeace

[16 July/Radio NZ] According to Greenpeace, a promise by global krill harvesting companies to stop fishing for them in large areas of the Antarctic Ocean was a positive step in a long process. New Zealand companies supported the global move to create the world’s biggest marine reserve in Antarctic waters. Greenpeace said fishing for Antarctic...

Mackenzie Basin: Fonterra dairying criticism rejected

[4 July/Radio NZ] Dunedin businessman, Murray Valentine, was behind the planned mega dairy conversion in the Mackenzie Basin. He was rejecting criticism from Fonterra about further intensification of the vulnerable landscape. He was originally granted consent for 15,000 cows but planned to put 2,000 on it by next year. Greenpeace campaigners chained themselves to heavy...

Greenpeace dairy farm protesters arrested by police in South Canterbury

[2 July/The Country] Greenpeace protesters who stopped work at the site of a proposed dairy farm extension in South Canterbury were arrested by police. Around 45 protestors locked themselves to diggers and other machinery which disrupted construction of an irrigation pipeline for the new dairy farm. Twelve protestors were arrested and taken to the Timaru...

Farmers welcome further greenhouse gas discussions

[8 June/Radio NZ] Federated Farmers saw the silver lining in the Government’s latest climate change proposals related to the Zero Carbon Bill which aimed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Of the three alternatives, two give a softer run to livestock-sourced methane than to carbon dioxide which could give farmers an easier life during climate...

Greenpeace want agricultural greenhouse gas emissions in carbon act

[7 June/The Country] Greenpeace questioned why the Government was tabling options for its Zero Carbon Bill that could result in agricultural greenhouse gas emissions being treated more softly than other emissions. Farming groups were happy to see the Government considering its approach to shorter-lived gases differently. Greenpeace Climate Campaigner, Kate Simcock, said as the biggest...

Fishing giants under-reported hoki catch by ‘thousands of tonnes’

[24 May/Stuff] According to Fisheries Minister, Stuart Nash, fisheries companies have historically behaved badly but the reports of under-reported hoki catches several years ago was not grounds for an independent inquiry. Greenpeace Executive Director, Russel Norman, said that MPI had been captured by the fishing industry and he was not convinced anything had changed since...

Only 17 of 5000 submissions support Tegel chicken farm in Northland

[23 March/The Country] Out of the 5000 submissions made regarding a proposed broiler chicken farm just outside Dargaville, only seventeen were in support of it. Tegel wishes to set up a chicken farm at Arapohue with capacity to stock up to 1.3 million chickens and employ 28 people. Hearings will now be held before Council...

Protesters arrested for occupying irrigation dam

 [7 September/ Radio NZ] Nine Greenpeace protesters have been arrested for trespassing at an irrigation dam west of Christchurch after an eight-hour standoff. The protesters set up a makeshift camp inside the dam, which has yet to be filled with water. Greenpeace wanted to raise awareness of a widespread public opposition to irrigation schemes on...

We’ll be back’: Greenpeace protest sets Central Plains irrigation scheme back a day

[2 August/ NZ Herald] Greenpeace activists spent a day chained to machinery and locked inside pipes at the Central Plains Water Irrigation scheme construction site near Hororata. The activists’ protests are based on their beliefs that the irrigation scheme will cause more cows and greater pollution of rivers and drinking water. Central Plains Water Scheme...

Billboards shine spotlight on dairy intensification

[30 September/ NZ Herald] Greenpeace has erected anti-Ruataniwha Dam billboards around Hawke’s Bay. Greenpeace Sustainable Agriculture Campaigner, Genevieve Toop said Greenpeace wanted to make a clear link between the Ruataniwha Dam, intensified dairying and water pollution, and send a message to voters that these elections were really important. Ms Toop added that the new council...

Top scientists urge Greenpeace to drop GM, Golden Rice campaign

 [30 June/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] More than 100 top scientists have signed a letter urging Greenpeace to end its opposition to genetically modified organisms. The letter said Greenpeace should recognise the findings of scientific bodies and regulatory agencies, and abandon their campaign against genetically modified organisms. Campaign Organiser, Richard Roberts said he endorsed many...

MPI launch independent review into its own handling of illegal discarding of fish

 [19 May/ Business Day] The Ministry for Primary Industries has launched an independent review into its handling of the illegal discarding of fish, including a decision not to prosecute individuals involved. The review came after a report showed 24.7 million tonnes of catch was unrecorded between 1950 and 2013. Greenpeace Executive, Russel Normal said there...

Feds disappointed by Greenpeace protest

[4 May/ Rural News] Federated Farmers Water Spokesperson, Chris Allen said it was disappointing that Greenpeace opposed a scheme that had gone through a lengthy process and had stringent environmental conditions attached to it. Mr Allen added that Greenpeace seemed to oppose anything that improved New Zealand farmers’ resilience against the climate. Mr Allen said...

Government vows to step up supervision of GM crops

 [5 April/ China Daily] China’s Ministry of Agriculture released a statement stating that they would improve their oversight of genetic modification facilities to prevent unauthorised crops from being grown. The Ministry would attempt to ensure all science and research activities involving genetically modified technology were in line with laws and regulations, and ensure the production...

Fonterra, Greenpeace hold ‘constructive’ talks over palm kernel expeller

[9 December/ Business Day] Fonterra and Greenpeace have met to address the dairy industry’s use of palm kernel expeller. Greenpeace New Zealand Executive Director, Russel Normal said that Fonterra agreed to meet after a Greenpeace report suggested it may have indirectly sourced palm kernel expeller from at least two Indonesian plantations involved in burning protected...

Fonterra to meet with Greenpeace

[26 November/ Radio NZ Rural] Fonterra is to meet with Greenpeace to discuss concerns about the use of palm kernel expeller and major fires in Indonesia. Greenpeace accused Fonterra of being directly linked to deforestation in Indonesia through the importation of palm kernel expeller. Fonterra said it was a member of the Round Table for...

Indonesian forest fires fuel row over palm kernel purchases

[9 November/ Business Day] Greenpeace has rebuked Fonterra for continuing to sell palm kernel expeller (PKE) despite the massive forest fires raging across Indonesia.  PKE is used by farmers as a supplemental feed for dairy cattle.  New Executive Director of Greenpeace, Russell Norman, said that the fires in Indonesia were the result of attempts to...

China Tuna suspends IPO

[22 September/ Business Day] The China Tuna Industry Group suspended its USD 100 to 200 million IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on revelations that it was significantly understating risks it faced chasing bigeye tuna and it was telling investors that international quotas were unlikely to have any effect on its operations. Greenpeace Hong...

Monster fishing ship in Pacific, east of Australia

 [17 February/ Sydney Morning Herald, Australia] The world’s largest factory freezer ship, Lafayette, together with six attendant trawlers, has been registered as being north east of Norfolk Island in the Pacific Ocean.  The Russian flagged, Chinese owned ship is capable of processing 1,500 tonnes of fish a day and is the flagship of the Hong...

PKE campaign targets Fonterra

 [17 July/ Business Day] Over $200 million a year is contributed by New Zealand’s PKE-purchasing dairy farmers to organisations that are currently committing the worst damage to the world’s rainforests, a spokesperson for Greenpeace has said. Campaigner for Greenpeace Simon Boxer said that New Zealand needs to pursue alternatives to the palm kernel expeller (PKE)....