25 November 2019
A taskforce established by the Agriculture Minister to look at animal welfare issues around the practice of winter grazing has made a raft of recommendations.
They include expanding knowledge of barriers to adopting improved animal welfare practices, and more active surveillance to ensure animal welfare standards are being met.
Winter grazing sees stock given access to a measured area of forage and shifted in a controlled manner. But the practice has been under the spotlight after photos of mudbound cows in Southland and Otago were released by environmentalist Angus Robson.
“Images of cows up to their knees in mud, unable to lie down and rest and calving in these conditions is unacceptable to me and I’ve heard loud and clear from the public that it’s unacceptable to them too,” Damien O’Connor said in August, setting up the taskforce in response.
The taskforce included industry group representatives and farmers, as well as Robson.
O’Connor said it’s made 11 recommendations to improve animal welfare in intensive winter grazing farm systems.
“I asked the taskforce to do a stocktake of the multiple initiatives that are already underway to promote good winter grazing and identify where we might work more together to improve practices.”
A pan-sector action group would also be set up to implement the recommendations.
“Winter crop grazing is necessary in some parts of the country to provide enough feed for stock at a time when there’s not a lot of pasture, but we must ensure farmers have the right tools and advice to ensure animal welfare.
“As a Government, we’re committed to working alongside farmers to maintain their ability to export on our valuable New Zealand brand and open up new trading markets. Our international reputation depends on getting this sort of thing right, as does our social licence to operate within New Zealand.”
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) would work with farmers and industry groups to ensure farmers get the help they need.
“I know that many farmers are already changing and adapting their practice and I thank them for the effort. We want to help in that work,” said O’Connor.
“The next step will be the establishment of an action group to begin implementing the recommendations so we can see some progress next winter and beyond”.Eco Liberty Conclusion: It’s that true about the surveillance on Farmers in the name of Animal Welfare in New Zealand; farmer should be concerned about their privacy . Animal Rights Activist have already for surveillance on slaughterhouses according to Brisbane Times Also in the UK according to the The Guardian All slaughterhouses in England will be fitted with compulsory CCTV under plans to be unveiled on Friday by environment secretary Michael Gove, as part of a series of measures to bolster welfare standards and enforce laws against animal cruelty.
To all Farmer if you’re for defending your right to privacy and your livelihood you would no to government surveillance on the farms. Farmers do have their own surveillance system install on their own for security and protecting their property; also catching trespassers and invaders; as well addressing issues that have occur on the farm.
Let say “no” to government surveillance on the farms and protect their farms and their privacy.
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21 June 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — Inside an Indiana aquafarming complex, thousands of salmon eggs genetically modified to grow faster than normal are hatching into tiny fish. After growing to roughly 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) in indoor tanks, they could be served in restaurants by late next year.
The salmon produced by AquaBounty are the first genetically modified animals approved for human consumption in the U.S. They represent one way companies are pushing to transform the plants and animals we eat, even as consumer advocacy groups call for greater caution.
AquaBounty hasn’t sold any fish in the U.S. yet, but it says its salmon may first turn up in places like restaurants or university cafeterias, which would decide whether to tell diners that the fish are genetically modified.
“It’s their customer, not ours,” said Sylvia Wulf, AquaBounty’s CEO.
To produce its fish, Aquabounty injected Atlantic salmon with DNA from other fish species that make them grow to full size in about 18 months, which could be about twice as fast as regular salmon. The company says that’s more efficient since less feed is required. The eggs were shipped to the U.S. from the company’s Canadian location last month after clearing final regulatory hurdles.
As AquaBounty worked through years of government approvals, several grocers including Kroger and Whole Foods responded to a campaign by consumer groups with a vow to not sell the fish.
Already, most corn and soy in the U.S. is genetically modified to be more resistant to pests and herbicides. But as genetically modified salmon make their way to dinner plates, the pace of change to the food supply could accelerate.
This month, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to simplify regulations for genetically engineered plants and animals. The move comes as companies are turning to a newer gene-editing technology that makes it easier to tinker with plant and animal DNA.
That’s blurring the lines around what should be considered a genetically modified organism, and how such foods are perceived. In 2015, an Associated Press-GfK poll found two-thirds of Americans supported labeling of genetically modified ingredients on food packages. The following year, Congress directed regulators to establish national standards for disclosing the presence of bioengineered foods.
But foods made with the newer gene-editing technique wouldn’t necessarily be subject to the regulation, since companies say the resulting plants and animals could theoretically be produced with conventional breeding. And while AquaBounty’s salmon was produced with an older technique, it may not always be obvious when people are buying the fish either.
The disclosure regulation will start being implemented next year, but mandatory compliance doesn’t start until 2022. And under the rules , companies can provide the disclosures through codes people scan with their phones. The disclosure also would note that products have “bioengineered” ingredients, which advocacy groups say could be confusing.
“Nobody uses that term,” said Amy van Saun of the Center for Food Safety, who noted “genetically engineered” or “genetically modified” are more common.
The center is suing over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of AquaBounty’s salmon, and it is among the groups that asked grocers to pledge they wouldn’t sell the fish.
The disclosure rules also do not apply to restaurants and similar food service establishments. Greg Jaffe of the Center for Science in the Public Interest noted that AquaBounty’s fish will represent a tiny fraction of the U.S. salmon supply, and that many people may not care whether they’re eating genetically modified food. Still, he said restaurants could make the information available to customers who ask about it.
“The information should not be hidden,” Jaffe said.
AquaBounty’s Wulf noted its salmon has already been sold in Canada, where disclosure is not required. She said the company believes in transparency but questioned why people would want to know whether the fish are genetically modified.
“It’s identical to Atlantic salmon, with the exception of one gene,” she said.
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This video on you tube show the importance of livestock, Mulching and Carbon Dioxide. Why the fake environmentalism movement is pushing the false form sustainability. The real reason why the land become desert because their no livestock to fertile the land restoring nutrients into soil for future growth. The idea of over farming can just go out the window because the nutrient can be restore in the soil. As long the nutrient is being put back into the soil the land can use on a longtime for agriculture. Having the soil mulched and covered will reduce erosion greatly than not having the soil mulched and covered as it was in the video from 23:20 to 28:00; the result was clear.
The 5 farming principals in the video from 31:10 to 36:55
- Growing living in the soil as long possible
- Keep skin on the soil(please the soil in 35:30 in the video show the soil; One without the mulch the temperature is 92.8°F(33.8°C); One with the mulch the temperature is 77.2°F(25.1)
- Limit Chemical and Physical Disturbances
- Increase Plants animals and insects diversity
- Integrate livestock using adaptive stewardship.
Eco Liberty Conclusion: We encourage farmers to be better steward of the land they’re working on. Unlike the fake environmentalism movement they do not encourage better stewardship of the land but push Climate Change or Global warming scare upon people to pay Carbon tax; also push veganism in the name of sustainability which the false form of sustainability in an order to push for agenda 21/2030 by forcing people off their land and put them into jam pack cities which that is even more unsustainable but the global elites call sustainable. We say “no” to the false form of sustainability but we say “yes” to the true of sustainability.
31 March 2019
By Shoshi Herscu, investigative journalist, and author of the full disclosure book, “Mass Awakening
It is an action plan devised by the U.N. and signed by 178 governments. Its goal is the depopulation of humanity because “we are too many”. It is promoted by the elites as a way to “save the planet” and implemented by governments worldwide. Bill Gates even shared his view about how to achieve this goal by vaccinations and other means in a TedX lecture:
“The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s heading up to about nine billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care & reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.” (Source)
They push their globalist agenda on all of us of no rights to property and other rights. People were even fined for collecting rainwater in their own homes.
The Means of Depopulation
This genocidal agenda of humanity has already begun and there are many means implemented to achieve this goal, including chemtrails (or “Geoengineering”), vaccines, irradiated food, GMOs (Codex Alimentarius), smart meters, 5G deployment that Trump promotes as part of a “technology race”.
One such mean which is relatively ignored in the alternative media is mass population migration from Africa and the Middle East into the U.S. and Europe.
In Israel, they helped bring about 100,000 migrants from Africa who conquered entire neighborhoods in Southern Tel Aviv and other cities where the local population literally became refugees in their own country and fled to other parts in the country. They terrorize the locals and it’s horrendous what happens in these areas. However, all these means sound great when they are termed the “sustainable development” under Agenda 21.
So how people who barely earn 300 USD per year could afford a journey from Africa to Israel that costs (according to some immigrants’ testimonies) $3000 USD. I discovered that this is being paid for and these immigrants are being protected by NGOs (Non-Government Agencies), which are funded by foreign governments and foundations.
I surmise that this is an orchestrated immigration to Israel, resembling that from Syria and Africa to Europe and the U.S., is to destroy the Western countries and those aligned with them from within. Then I started thinking about what we aren’t being told about this massive population migration to Israel.
At the beginning, the Israeli mainstream media called them “refugees.” However, after the U.N. representatives had checked their status, they pointed out that only 6 percent of them were real refugees. This required the mainstream media to change its terminology in regard to them as ”asylum seekers.”
How Is Agenda 21 Implemented Locally Worldwide?
Again, Agenda 21 is carried out by NGOs funded by foreign countries, like the New Israel Fund (funded by the Ford Foundation and others, including Muslim countries) as well as such groups as the Open Society Foundation (George Soros) and Oxfam with the intentions, I surmise, to destroy Israel from within like with other Western countries.
According to the UN’s own website, this is a “comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations system, governments and major groups, in every area in which human impacts on the environment.”
This plan is involved in every aspect of our lives according to Rosa Koire, an activist and a lecturer who tirelessly works to inform the unaware public about the dangers of this plan. U.N. Agenda 21 / Sustainable Development is a corporate manipulation using the Green Mask of environmental concern to forward a globalist plan.” (www.openmindconference.com)
It seems that using the word “sustainability” helps them promote their depopulation plan unabated. It sounds so “green”, advanced, and progressive. Does it ring a bell? That’s the reason why most people will consider this plan as positive. So, what is wrong with it? Pay attention to the actions of those implementing it and not to “nice”, placating words such as “sustainable development”.
For a long time, I had no idea that there was any connection between all these diverse topics.
This agenda is run by the United Nations via an NGO called “International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives,” commonly known as ICLEI (pronounced Ik-lee). It is implemented locally by municipalities of major cities worldwide, including London, Berlin, Rome.
From my research, fifteen cities in Israel joined this NGO in 2008. It should come as no surprise that Ron Huldai, Tel Aviv’s mayor, is the chairman of ICLEI Israel (or as it’s called the Forum 15, which is the forum of 15 cities in Israel that adopted ICLEI regulations).
This is paid for by you, and taxpayers worldwide (not only in the U.S.), without your knowledge or consent, as none of us was informed of it and obviously, and you didn’t have had a vote on its implementation. This U.N. Agenda 21 is responsible for the development programs in your city that you are not aware of, behind the mass engineered immigration in the West and heavy population surveillance everywhere (as with “smart meters” and 5G).
You can check the Agenda 21 programs implemented in your city or town by searching Agenda 21 and the name of your city in Google. You’ll find them this way. I found these programs implemented in Haifa, the city where I live.
According to ICLEI’s official website, this NGO comprises “12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities and urban regions, 450 large cities as well as 450 medium-sized cities and towns in 84 countries.” This NGOs stated goal is that “By 2050, a third of all humans will be living in cities.”
They also condition children to use sustainable transport which is closely tied to Agenda 21’s population management program, in attempt to bring most people into megacities and away from rural areas which will be deemed “open spaces” for wildlife and be more easily controlled by using public transport.
Recently we became familiar with a Swedish teenage girl called Greta Thunberg who according to mainstream media – that promotes agenda 21 and global warming/climate change – helps raise the awareness to climate issues.
Again, we can see here how children and teenagers are being conditioned to such beliefs without perhaps realizing that they are being used to promote this agenda. If the cabal doesn’t succeed one way (as with Al Gore), they will push their agenda in another way.
My primary concern here was that a hidden agenda is being masked as a beneficial plan for humanity, while being exactly the opposite. In reality, it’s a well-crafted lie to slip past our scrutiny. The upshot of all this is removing national sovereignty and empowering the U.N. to gradually take control over what was once national policies.
“It will remove and destroy all constitutions, restrict free speech and disarm the people. When Agenda 21 is fully realized, the United Nations will be in possession of all guns and subsequently, there will be no opposition to their control.”
Paul McGuire, an internationally recognized prophecy expert, speaker, minister, and author writes in his book The Babylon Code that,
“The true agenda of Agenda 21[/2030] is to establish a global government, global economic system, and global religion. When U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon spoke of ‘a dream of a world of peace and dignity for all’ this is no different than when the Communists promised the people a ‘worker’s paradise.’”
Is It Legal?
As this plan is covertly implemented in the name of U.N. Agenda 21 by an NGO called ICLEI, none of us had been informed about it or have voted for it in any way; it basically leads to the loss of personal freedom and sovereignty worldwide.
This is a deceit of humanity rooted in darkness and our complicit ignorance, which allows the U.N. to implement this treacherous plan. This is totally undemocratic “and it relies on our passive, ill-informed acceptance of ‘authorities’.”
What Is Codex Alimentarius?
This is a term used for the food regulations that were written and ratified in 2009. In my research, I found a connection between IG Farben (former BAYER, BASF, HOECHST) and the food laws ratified by the UN.
It raises many important questions such as: How are these regulations connected to the depopulation agenda? And why is our food filled with toxins and elements that risk our health? Are there really too many people on earth? Is the World Health Organization interested in our general wellbeing?
I found out that Nazis like Fritz ter Meer, a former executive member of IG Farben (which produced and supplied the cyclone B to the death camps during the Second World War), who was incarcerated for fifteen years in prison after being convicted in the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal, was employed by the U.N. after being released. He was part of the committee designed to plan the food resources for humanity that devised the Codex Alimentarius.
(This is an UN-sponsored global food standards body, which criminalizes the production of healthy nutrition both commercially and at your home, whether it’s organic food, your dietary supplements, or even your organic garden).
Dr. Rima Laibow talks about these regulations, which has determined that vitamins are toxins and therefore to be limited in consumption to ineffective dosages, and which includes irradiating the food supply to destroy all nutrients in our food, and to switch to the GMO foods to be consumed by the masses. This alone will lead to the death of three billion people worldwide in the next few decades according to Dr. Rima Laibow.
The World Health Organization confirms these estimates.
Here is more explanation on those behind the outlining of this plan:
“Just fifteen years after they were convicted in the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal, Bayer, BASF and Hoechst were again the architects of the next major human rights offences. In 1962, they established the Codex Alimentarius Commission.” (Remark made by the Dr. Rath Health Foundation)
Why Don’t People Hear About This Plan?
Most people use mainstream media, including TV, newspapers, radios and other means to keep informed, which suppresses this information; those in power control mainstream media and don’t want you to be aware of this plan. This media has denied the existence of such a plan for years, despite the existence of a book entitled “Agenda 21” (350 pages) published by the UN.
So if you don’t rely on alternative media coverage, it’s improbable that you’ll find information about this vast global plan and all of its goals.9 If the public worldwide had become aware of such a plan, they would immediately rise up against it and stop its implementation, which is definitely something “the powers that be” don’t want.
So they have introduced this plan incrementally by using appealing wording like “sustainable development” or some other “green”-sounding term so people would gladly accept it (as fascist regimes have always done). However, it is not about environmental sustainability at all. Its true goals are implemented by deception, concealing its real aim to take over the entire planet and all its assets by a handful of people.
Those promoting this agenda include royalty (such as Prince Charles who is an avid advocate of this plan, as can be seen in his speech ‘The New Environmental Agenda’), top politicians like Obama, who addressed the U.N. General Assembly on September 27, 2015 and stated that the U.N. blueprint “is one of the smartest investments we can make in our own future.”
Bureaucrats, CEOs and the top of international banks and corporations like Hugh Grant, the CEO of Monsanto, said, “This place is getting busier and more crowded. As long as you’ve got money in your back pocket and you drive your station wagon to the supermarket on weekends, then it’s out of sight, out of mind, so far.”
The lifestyle of the “global elite” with their private trains and jets, fleets of cars, and palaces and their businesses are excluded from this plan and continue to be considered sustainable.
In 2013, after finding out that “chemtrails” do exist, I started writing to well-known activists on this topic like Dane Winington, especially, after feeling distraught and helpless about it. I was sick, my throat hurt, and there was no one I could turn to except for those activists reporting and sharing health tips on how to maintain our health and sanity when all this insane information comes out.
First, after realizing this phenomenon, I took a lot of pictures and then one day I noticed two airplanes spraying and leaving these white trails behind them that other planes didn’t leave. This occurred so many times that a friend and I just watched these planes.
She also took some usable photos and videos and posted them on Facebook. I started feeling helpless and hopeless seeing these unmarked airplanes spraying and being unable to do anything except to watch them spraying their poison.
Later on, I also found out that not only do they spray from airplanes, but they also use underwater jet streams in the oceans aimed at our beaches where it’s relevant.
The founder of this site Geoengineering Watch, Dane Winington, together with others filed a lawsuit against the authorities (the regime), who are supposedly behind this crime against humanity stating that HAARP is being used as a weapon that induces climate change.
I found out about a patent for H.A.A.R.P (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) that it has installations worldwide, which together with chemtrails they can actually create earthquakes, tsunamis, and other “natural” disasters. Cobra (the resistance movement) also calls it ionosphere heaters (the most famous one is located in Alaska, but such facilities can be found worldwide) and they posted a respective map.
I watched videos that people worldwide uploaded on YouTube showing strange colorful “clouds” half an hour before a “natural” disaster occurred.
U.S Black Budget to Spray the Populace like Roaches
I found out that a secret “black” budget of former President Obama sponsoring our own demise; shockingly, I discovered that we unknowingly finance our own genocide (Secret Presidential Chemtrail Budget Uncovered — Congress Exceeds Billions To Spray Populace Like Roaches and that it goes on for decades.
Here’s the words of Dane Winington on the ongoing chemtrails / Geoengineering:
“Historical records prove beyond doubt that climate engineering has been fully deployed on a substantial scale for over 65 years (hurricane suppression for over 53 years), so why do major publications continue to lie about this blatant reality? Because that is what they are paid to do.
“Once global populations fully grasp the gravity of the biosphere collapse that is rapidly unfolding around them (further exacerbated by Geoengineering), our paradigm will overturn. The power structure is trying desperately to hide this reality for as long as possible.
“Unfortunately, most environmental groups and organizations are major participants in Geoengineering denial. I and several other activists just attended a global warming presentation with standing room only, we made sure that the Geoengineering subject was not omitted from this event.”
According to this agenda (Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030), humans are on the same level as animals. We are to be managed like flora and fauna. Behind it all is a materialistic and secularized view of humanity, which rejects the idea humans are sacred and part of the divine!
Needless to say, this is just the tip of the iceberg in regards to this hideous agenda, which I detail in my book, Mass Awakening. As the title indicates this covers the real intent to control humanity by cutting us off from our higher sources, but I believe we will win this battle and show the methods I and others employ to keep our connection and fight back.
How Do We Know that We Are on a Positive Timeline and that We’re Being Saved?
I feel that it needs to be emphasized: If what the cabal/the elites planned for us all would have worked as they wished and implemented, and there were no white hats, you wouldn’t have been here reading this article. They have done everything to curb fertility and depopulate the planet but we are still here and they, the cabal, is losing. Remember this.
9 March 2017
Monsanto claims that the genetically modified cotton seeds they sell are superior. So why are so many people trying to switch?
Monsanto is losing millions of dollars now that farmers in India are switching to indigenous cotton seeds rather than Bt cotton.
The agrochemical company is known for pushing a form of Bt cotton in India for the last decade. They have been accused of manipulating laws in order to enter the Indian market.
Monsanto’s manipulation and greed in India has caused hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers to commit suicide. Between the years of 1995 and 2013, more than 300,000 farmer suicides occurred, many of which were linked to Monsanto. Farmers are forced to pay for Monsanto’s costly seeds, which then force them to pay for the expensive pesticides to effectively grow them, as Bt cotton’s pest resistant quality fades over time.
These farmers are losing their lands, and their livelihoods, due to the debt they incur trying to afford Monsanto’s products. Many of the farmers drink the chemical insecticides in order to commit suicide.
But recently the Indian government has been promoting the use of indigenous seeds as an alternative. In the past year Monsanto has lost $75 million in royalties from the switch. As Keshav Raj Kranthi of India’s Central Institute for Cotton Research stated, “Just wait for the crucial three to four years to see a complete, natural turnaround. By then most farmers will give up Bt cotton and go for the indigenous variety.”
Monsanto claims that the genetically modified cotton seeds they sell are superior, but places in West Africa, where Monsanto is similarly pushing their Bt seeds, rejected the gm seeds after finding it produced poor quality cotton.