Saturday, 29 October 2016

The Battle for our Grasslands and Livestock

By Viv Forbes

Grasslands and arable land cover just 10% of Earth’s surface but (with the oceans) they produce all of our food and fibre. But the productivity and health of our grasslands, farms and livestock are under threat from disproportionate global warming alarmism and immoderate green preservationists.

We are afflicted by methane madness. It is poor public policy that condones restrictions on grazing operations, or taxes on grazing animals, based on disputed theories that claim that bodily emissions from farm animals will cause dangerous global warming.
New Zealand was the first country to propose a “livestock fart tax”. Four hundred farmers then drove 20 tractors to the Parliament in Wellington waving placards and banners saying “STOP THE FART TAX”. The proposal was laughed out of Parliament. But the war on farmers and livestock continues
Used by permission. Cartoonist Steve Hunter.

Ruminants such as sheep, cattle and goats cannot make long-term additions to the gases in the atmosphere - they just recycle atmospheric carbon and nitrogen nutrients in a cycle-of-life that has operated for millennia. Grazing ruminant animals with their emission products have always been part of healthy grasslands.

Many otherwise genuine environmentalists are assisting the destruction of grasslands with their native pastures and endangered grass birds. Blinded by their love for the trees, they neglect the grasses, legumes, herbs and livestock that provide their food. In Australia they pass laws to protect weedy eucalypts invading the grasslands but ignore the valuable and declining Mitchell grass that once dominated Australia’s treeless plains.

Grasslands are also under threat from cultivation for biofuel crops, from subsidised carbon credit forests and from the remorseless encroachment of fire-prone government reserves and pest havens.

We have the modern methane madness. Mobs of grazing ruminants have been roaming the grasslands since cave-man days. Methane has also been seeping from marshes, bubbling out of oceans, leaking from coal seams and oil seeps and being released in huge quantities from volcanoes. So what more can a few domestic cows and sheep do to affect this? Methane from domestic ruminants is a non-problem.

It is a foolish and costly fantasy to believe that Earth’s climate can be controlled by passing laws, imposing taxes, attempting to manipulate the bodily emissions of farm animals or trying to prevent farmers from clearing woody weeds invading their pastures

Read more:

The Clexit (ClimateExit) Coalition, comprising over 190 representatives from 26 countries, has formed the Clexit Grassland Protection Group with nine representatives from five big grazing countries.


Friday, 27 May 2016

Great Barrier Reef - Dive Magazine with photos

This has been put on Facebook this evening. 
It is worth sharing with all the negativity that is going around by people with some vested interest in telling lies about the Great Barrier Reef.
Bob Halstead with Dallas Beaufort and 24 others.
3 hrs
My opinion piece on CORAL BLEACHING ON THE GBR is out! The June edition of Dive Log is fantastic with lots of good news and glorious underwater photographs from contributing divers.
This is the longest story ever published in Dive Log, but don't let that put you off, it is all relevant and readable - and graced with photos - not only from me this time but also from photo-pro Laurence Buckingham - who dived the GBR one month after I did this year. Thanks Laurence! And thanks to friends and colleagues who have passed on their observations to me.
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Thursday, 3 March 2016

Has anyone seen this news item from the Queensland Country Life dated 2nd March. 

It was put on facebook by Michael Trout, ex LNP state member of parliament, on his page.  These are his words:

"If Tradd has her way we will be importing food to Qld. What a sad State of affairs. The Unions get ALP elected then the minority Green groups run the agenda. What is wrong with common sense. Mr Baker is trying to protect his land from fires. I wonder how many people in parliament have fought bushfires. This is a disgrace and a abuse of power."

Anyone with any brains knows that property owners should be making fire breaks to protect the land and grass and trees.

What on earth is wrong with these Green Groups that obviously know nothing about the land and how to protect it?