An Extraordinary Change from Weasel Words!

Lindsay Perigo's picture
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2009-05-23 08:20

Look at this press release from Federated Farmers today about Chavez-Obama, and pinch yourself. I had to. Example: "the compost heap that is the US dairy lobby." FF have clearly been reading SOLO. BRAVO!!!!!!!


23 May 2009

US dairy subsidies a potential catastrophe

Federated Farmers is asking President Obama to come and explain to New Zealand’s subsidy-free farmers, why his administration has decided to subsidise 92,000 tonnes of American dairy products destined for international markets.

“I cannot express the anger I feel about today’s decision,” says Philip York, Federated Farmers economics and commerce spokesperson.

“The precedent this sets is actually worse than the European Union’s (EU) decision in January to go down the same path.

“Federated Farmers had respected American restraint from not retaliating against the EU. That has all been thrown away on the compost heap that is the US dairy lobby.

“The US dairy lobby is more interested in protecting subsidies than in exporting on free market principles. The fact President Obama caved into their demands is a genuine shock. I honestly thought the age of pork barrel politics had passed but I’m sadly mistaken.

“What’s worse is that this comes at a time when international prices for dairy commodities had started to stabilise.

“Now, from left field, comes this ludicrous decision which takes the world to the edge of trade anarchy.

“The World Trade Organisation needs to get to Washington and Brussels urgently to discuss this with the EU and the Obama administration. I know Don Nicolson, the President of Federated Farmers, will be raising this at next month’s meeting of the Cairns Group.

“This could easily set off a domino effect as smaller economies rush to follow the irresponsible ‘example’ being set by the EU and the United States. Tariffs and tit-for-tat trade barriers could depress international prices and trade volumes before spreading to other trade categories.

“The world is back to five minutes to midnight for an all out trade war and President Obama needs to get his hand off the trigger,” Mr York concluded.

For further information contact:

Federated Farmers Economics spokesperson, Philip York, 09 292 8843, 027 290 5418

Federated Farmers president, Don Nicolson, 03 216 7405, 027 226 6331

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Great words!

Marcus's picture

And did you see the Dom Post article I posted on the GGWS thread written by Frank Brenmuhl, the vice-president of Federated Farmers?

"Far from cutting farm emissions, we should raise them if it feeds more people, says Frank Brenmuhl."

Maybe FF now stands for freedom fighters? Smiling


NZLiberal's picture

I can't see through the integrity the man demonstrated! For once, a 'federated' anything has the sense and the courage to say what's right: boosting one industry at the expense of another/everyone else is fraudulent and wreckful (not to mention incredibly immoral).

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