By TONY MOBILIFONITIS
AUSTRALIAN farming industry groups are playing a silly and dangerous game with global environmental forces, thinking they can pose as “caring, sharing environmentalists” on stage with the COP27 crowd yet at the same time defend traditional livestock farming.
Among them are Fiona Simpson, president of the National Farmers Federation, who seems to have swallowed the environmentalist red pill. Simpson and the NFF CEO Tony Mahar, are hob-nobbing at COP27 with an Australian farm and forestry delegation.
On October 23rd, the Mahar issued a statement supporting the insane global “Methane Pledge” and then claimed halfway down the same statement that “Australian agriculture cannot and will not tolerate interventions like the New Zealand or the Netherlands governments are implementing which target and undermine agriculture’s productivity”.
Word Economic Forum “graduate” Jacinda Ardern’s Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act will shut down an estimated one in five farms, according to protesting Kiwi farmers. An action group called Facts About Ruminant Methane says a carbon price of $35/tonne will force an average dairy farm to pay over $60,000 if the full price is applied.
But the group points out the Ardern regime’s own Productivity Commission says the price of carbon will need to go much higher to reach a “low emissions” economy by 2050 – $75 to $152/tonne of carbon. But to reach “net zero emissions” the price would need to rise between $200 and $250 a tonne or $300k per farm, that would potentially bankrupt most of them.
To be fair to the NFF, Mahar and Simpson have stated that the NFF’s climate change policy supporting net zero carbon by 2050 has “two clear caveats” – “that there is an economically viable pathway forward and agriculture is not worse off.” But farmers in NZ and the Netherlands are already on the edge of being bullied and taxed off their farms. Do Mahar and Simpson somehow think that if they smile nicely, then they’ll gain some sort of immunity from the ravages of rampant environmentalism.
Cairns News has to ask whether the NFF will soon be on the “sustainability trail” with NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean, promoting synthetic meat production from vegan Sydney food factories. After all, “high-priced meat for the elite” would suit Simpson, Mahar and their buddies in the high-end, corporate livestock producers club.
But that’s not the end of story of the “clean and green” NFF. Simpson is also tied into COP27 through an organisation called the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), of which she is chairwoman. It sounds reasonable that a farmer representative lead such an organisation, but names are deceiving.
ACIAR’s headline mission is “implementing food systems change”. Naive minds might think that “implementing change” must be good, because, well, change has to be good, right? No, it’s all about “adapting” (read forcing) agriculture to conform with the global climate activists and their genocidalist net-zero carbon objectives.
Dutch and New Zealand farmers, who face draconian seizure of up to 20% of their properties supposedly to reduce nitrogen pollution, can tell us all we need to know about “adapting the food production system to climate change”.
ACIAR’s “research partners” are giving a presentation at COP27 on “implementing food systems change”. Seven of the eight speakers are directly involved in government, UN and NGO-funded “climate change research” activities.
One of them, Fijian Christian-Yves Amato-Ali, has a Masters in Climate Change from South Pacific University. Amato-Ali can thank ACIAR’s Pacific Agriculture, Scholarships, Support & Climate Resilience Program (PASS-CR) for helping him to “strengthen the climate resilience components of his work”.
How bizarre and shameful that the NFF, Queensland’s AgForce and the Victorian Farmers Federation are actually supporting global organisations working to reduce the global food supply and feed insect and synthetic protein to the masses in place of real animal protein.
Simpson and company would try to argue it’s a sophisticated political strategy, but they are by default allied with the crazies who go into supermarkets and tip out milk because they believe “dairy farming is causing catastrophic climate change”.
Simpson, AgForce and the VFF must be living in dreamland if they have not caught on to the WEF-UN-COP27 food control agenda that is actually pushing vegan diets over farm-produced beef, pork and lamb.
An example of this schizophrenic stance is the Victorian Farmers Federation statement on Dan Andrews’ utterly ill-informed plan to turn the state on to “95% renewable energy by 2035”. Rather than exposing the stupidity of the Andrews plan and the total lack of resources to cover the landscape with thousands of windmills and solar panels, the VFF president Emma Germano says: “There’s a real need to create a Victoria-wide strategic plan for renewable energy and transmission developments that looks at the next century of the State’s energy needs.”
What “real need” is Germano thinking of? The so-called “climate emergency”? And then she goes on: “We can move to renewables, but that shift must be gradual and well planned with agriculture in mind. Going too fast will mean the costs will be borne by farmers and regional communities, rather than being fairly distributed across the whole community.”
Is Germano really suggesting electric tractors are the future? People are already learning how ridiculously quick the batteries on electric-engine utes fade when you pull a loaded trailer. The mind boggles over the charging and battery power required to run a tractor with a plough behind it.
Meanwhile Brietbart in the US reports that Dutch Farmers Defence Force leader Mark Van den Oever has vowed to launch more protests in response to advice from the government’s mediator, who has called for the forcible relocation of farming firms and the seizure of up to 600 farms deemed to be “the heaviest nitrogen emitters”. We predict the NFF’s Simpson will either be nodding her approval or showing her approval by silence.
Former Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Johan Remkes, who was the chief mediator between farmers and the government over nitrogen emissions, laid out a plan for farms located near “protected environments” to be forcibly relocated, and up to 600 farms that emit the most nitrogen to be “seized”.
Van den Oever called the scheme “completely wrong” and that the farmers of the nation would “give the old-fashioned gas again, count on that” — in reference to the widespread tractor protests by farmers over the summer.
The Farmers Defence Force leader said ministers had ignored the concerns of farmers and that the globalist government of Prime Mnister Mark Rutte “imposes far too much on businesses”. Another spokesman for the group Sieta van Keimpema described the measure as a “red line” for farmers.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced his intentions to cut nitrogen emissions from livestock farms in half by “the magic year” 2030 in order to meet the demands of the European Union’s Natura 2000 scheme, which requires that all EU member-states remove industry or farming from areas deemed to be of “ecological importance”.
The government said in order to meet the EU goals, some farms may have to reduce emissions by as much as 95 per cent and that up to 30 per cent of all livestock farms may be shut down permanently.
In July, Dutch political commentator Eva Vlaardingerbroek told Brieibart her country was being used as a testing ground for the World Economic Forum’s Great Reset, saying that “all these policies are out of those institutions and they are being implemented in our country first, we are sort of the pilot country together with Canada for this agenda.”
Vlaardingerbroek went on to claim that the push from the government to seize farmland was, in fact, more a result of the migrant crisis than the alleged climate crisis, explaining that the government wants the land to house migrants. While not widespread as of yet, this has already occurred, with the province of Flevoland buying up land in Noordoostpolder to build an asylum processing centre on the site of a former farm.
The fate of a $210 million road construction project near Weipa remains in limbo while protracted negotiations between the Cape York Land Council and the State Government continue behind closed doors.
In spite of tenders being called more than three months ago no contractor has been announced with time running out to complete the Mein Deviation bitumen sealing before the wet season begins.
The Land Council has demanded that an Indigenous Land Use Agreement be registered over a part of the Peninsula Development Road network giving it control of all future road works.
Included in the list of demands is a 1000 per cent increase in royalties paid to indigenous groups for gravel taken from ‘borrow pits’ along the road.
The holding up of road works by the Land Council has not been supported across Cape York Peninsula by some alienated indigenous groups and Traditional Owners who have been left out of initial negotiations.
Cape York Sustainable Futures Deputy Chairman Jack Wilkie-Jans launched a scathing attack against the Land Council claiming it is “divisive and all about segregation.”
Mr Wilkie-Jans is a Traditional Owner from Mapoon on the Western Cape who says “enough is enough.”
“The Land Council is just introducing a tax not a royalty scheme which is an abuse of their position on the PDR that will not benefit Traditional Owners,” Mr Wilkie Jans said.
“I am extremely disappointed in the way the government has laid down and let this (road) project be stopped.
“The Land Council wants to grab control of the PDR because they have filed an ambit claim with nine claimants over all of Cape York not already claimed or decided.
“There would be many more than nine and there is no cultural precedent to surrender governance to different groups.”
He said he could not understand how Noel Pearson( founder of Cape York Partnership) had a monopoly on the only voice heard by government.
“The Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch and Member for Cook Billy Gordon should have a position on the PDR but their silence is inexcusable, damaging and very telling.”
Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey remains hopeful a solution can be found after a closed meeting of indigenous stakeholders to discuss the impasse was rescheduled by the Land Council from July 15 to July 28 and 29 to be held at the Colonial Club Resort in Cairns.
“Indigenous employment, training and business engagement are critical components of the project and we will continue to work closely with the land council, traditional owners and native title applicants to deliver this important project,” Mr Bailey said.
“We hope to announce a tenderer soon for the Mein Deviation, which will upgrade and seal a 29km section of the Peninsula Development Road, north of Coen.”
Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott said he had been advised the new ILUA map released by the Land Council had dropped all Cook Shire-controlled roads, with the disputed section now beginning at Laura and terminating at Weipa.
“We have made our position pretty clear and we have been too hard to deal with,” Cr Scott said.
“I spoke to Fiona Simpson (Shadow Main Roads Minister) who said she would take the matter up with the Premier.
“Giving control of this section of the PDR to the Land Council will be a landmine roadblock for northern development,” Cr Scott said.
Shadow Minister Fiona Simpson has expressed dismay that the road works have not yet started.
“The government has put this into the ‘too hard basket’ because it should not be too hard to fix,” she said.
“There are legal mechanisms to deal with native title and there is only a short window of opportunity to deal with it before the wet season.
If the project was not resolved in the near future Ms Simpson said there could be opportunities at the Budget Estimates hearings in August to question the Minister.
The CYLC and Member for Cook Billy Gordon have not responded to requests for comment.