Well done to Greenpeace for their action yesterday.
"Up to 14 Greenpeace protesters boarded the Hong Kong-registered freighter East Ambition, lashing themselves to cranes and the anchor, preventing the ship from docking.
They were protesting Fonterra's importation of palm kernel for use as stock feed because of its role in the destruction of rainforests, predominantly in Malaysia and Indonesia."
"Greenpeace said the use of palm kernel for animal feed undermined New Zealand farmers' "clean, green" claims.
PKE is a by-product of the palm oil process.
Campaign director Chris Harris said only 4 percent of palm oil came from sustainable sites.
Statistics New Zealand showed that 1.1 million tonnes of palm kernels – almost a quarter of the world's supply – are sold to New Zealand a year.
New Zealand farmers' use of animal feed has increased because of drought, the higher cost of locally grown grains, and the increasing intensification of farms. Grass provides 95 percent of dairy cows' diet, and the other 5 percent is supplements such as kernels."
I have always supported direct action especially along the lines of greenpeace.
Dairy farming is losing it's illusion. When we supplement feed with palm kernel and are looking to house the cows in stalls - this isn't dairy as we know it. And it is happening because of greed.
We will be seeing more direct action from other groups over all sorts of issues. Get ready to get out on the street and let the powers that be know what you think.