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Following the action against Fonterra's palm kernel imports in New Plymouth, Agriculture Minister Hon. David Carter eagerly jumped to Fonterra's defence stating that palm kernel was not linked to deforestation.

This is blatantly untrue and contradicts a previous statement by his colleague Bill English, who acknowledged in Parliament that there was an issue. David Carter dug himself a deeper hole by going on to declare that palm kernel was the 'savior of farming in New Zealand'. Also patently untrue - especially if you talk to the maize farmers put out of business by Fonterra's cheap palm kernel imports.

Our question for Mr Carter is this. Does he really think that New Zealand's farming success should be tied to the deeply unsustainable palm industry, linked to deforestation, climate change and human rights abuse? Are these really the values with which we want Fonterra to represent New Zealand on the world stage?

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