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Ruataniwha looks dead in the dirty water

Blog entry by Gen Toop | August 31, 2016

It’s been a tough few weeks for think-big irrigation and industrial agriculture. As a bit of background for those not familiar with plans for even more industrial dairying around New Zealand - the Government is throwing over ...

Is there a dirty big irrigation scheme planned near you?

Blog entry by Madeleine Smith | September 2, 2016

In the last two weeks, one third of people in Havelock North have fallen ill with a gastro illness that originated in the town’s water supply. The source? Most likely contamination from cows, sheep or deer. By all accounts the...

Ruataniwha dam down but not out… yet

Blog entry by Genevieve Toop | September 9, 2016

The proposed Ruataniwha Dam is the poster child of Big Irrigation.   It stands as a symbol of the Government's agenda to prop up industrial dairying despite the fact that it’s poisoning our waterways and indebting farmers. ...

Here’s why we took the site office at the proposed Ruataniwha Dam for a 100km road trip

Blog entry by Genevieve Toop | September 13, 2016

Early this morning, we travelled to the proposed site of the Ruataniwha irrigation dam in Hawke’s Bay. With a small crane we uplifted the construction site office, put it on the back of a truck and drove it 100kms to Napier.  There we...

Let’s make it a green peace

Blog entry by Bunny McDiarmid | September 21, 2016

Today (21 September), around the globe, we mark Peace Day knowing that for many, peace is nowhere to be found. Not today. And unless things change dramatically, not any time soon. 2015 saw the number of refugees and displaced people...

The Hawke’s Bay elections and the Ruataniwha Dam

Blog entry by Kathy Cumming | October 10, 2016

“ It can be argued that voters in the Hawke's Bay Regional Council elections voted emphatically against the proposed Ruataniwha Dam .” So read the editorial in Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay Today. A 5-4 pro-dam majority on the old...

With friends like these....what’s an environment to do?

Blog entry by Kathy Cumming | September 29, 2016

The Department of Conservation describes itself as “the Government agency charged with conserving New Zealand’s natural heritage”. Which is why New Zealanders are scratching their heads over the department’s decision to fight a...

Seeing is believing: Growing food for people, with people and with nature in Cuba

Blog entry by Reyes Tirado | January 16, 2017

“Ojos hacen fe.” Those are the words of Lucy Martín, an inspiring Cuban researcher with Oxfam in Havana. She has lived through decades of change in Cuba, while remaining grounded in the reality of farmers there. She uses...

Neonicotinoids: A serious threat for flower-hopping life-bringers and many more animals

Blog entry by Anne Valette | January 16, 2017

At this point most people know about neonicotinoids and the serious risk they pose to honey bees. Bees are a link in a chain of biodiversity and pollination of incredible value to our food production. Up to 75% of our crops directly...

Don't get freaked by the eco

Blog entry by Phil Vine | February 25, 2017

Funny how, over time, crazy weird becomes the new normal. There were certainly some nutty ideas floating around when I was a young fella studying Agricultural Economics at Lincoln University last millennium. Outlandish thoughts like...

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