GM benefits are plain to see
IN THE 15 years in which GM crops have been grown on a large scale, not a single person has been harmed, ecosystem threatened or species wiped out as a result, writes David Leyonhjelm.
Free range eggs need to be affordable
IN THE stoush over the meaning of the term 'free range', consumer group Choice is campaigning against its namesake, writes David Leyonhjelm.
Luxury status a boon for wool
WHEN Australia rode on the sheep’s back, a lot of our clothing was made of wool. That changed as synthetics and cotton became popular, but as late as the 1970s wool enjoyed strong demand because the Soviet Union used it to make military uniforms.
Wheatgrowers need to grow up
THE suggestion that wheat producers are either too innocent, inept or dumb to sell their own wheat without Big Brother supervision, while those selling wool, beef, oilseeds, barley or cotton can sell their produce unsupervised, would offend most of them.
Carr not so Voiceless in agri arena
THE animal rights activist group Voiceless claims Bob Carr, the new Foreign Minister and former NSW Premier, as one of its Councillors. Also on the Council is Ken Henry, former Federal Treasury Secretary and now a special advisor to Julia Gillard.
WA's socialist potatoes
THE spirit of the Soviet Union lives on in WA's potato marketing conditions, writes DAVID LEYONHJELM.
MOST of the debate surrounding foreign investment in farm land is adolescent nonsense, writes David Leyonhjelm.
The hunger games governments play
WHETHER we're capable of feeding nine billion people by 2050 is in the hands of the world's governments, writes David Leyonhjelm.
Live export activists display foreign fears
IT TAKES a certain amount of xenophobia, and arrogance, for Australia to try to impose conditions on Indonesian abattoirs, writes David Leyonhjelm.
Tough beef with Coles on HGPs
You are more likely to buy tough steak at Coles than from retailers and butchers that continue to sell beef from HGP treated cattle, writes David Leyonhjelm.
Combating ruthless supermarket buyers
IF THE public knew what they were like, supermarket buyers would probably be less popular than used car salesmen, politicians or journalists.
'Free to roam' is a battle of perception
THE battle over the use of the term "free to roam" should never make it into a courtroom, writes David Leyonhjelm.
How much water does the Murray actually need?
THE debate about how much Murray-Darling water to transfer from human activity to the environment tends to overlook a very important point: how can you prove the environment is receiving enough?
You can't eat coal - but you can benefit
SOME of my farming neighbours are sympathetic to a slogan commonly used by protesters objecting to coal and gas exploration - “You can’t eat coal” - which implies that coal and natural gas should take second place to food.
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