Recent comments by: John Newton

Agribuzz with David Leyonhjelm

With you themule, I'd be very pleased if the senator for donkeys could explain just exactly how GM is going to save the world.
But of course he won't because he can't and if he tried he'd be shot down in flames by the facts.
03/02/15 09:56 PM
Steering away from his extraordinary broad base support for chemicals in general (DDT anyone?) let's just examine the raw milk question. The height of stupidity? The Royal family drinks nothing but. Millions of French and Spanish people daily consume raw milk cheese. Leyonhjelm's own parents probably drank raw milk. Nuance is not something that the Senator for donkeys understands.
22/01/15 09:36 PM
We've just signed a free trade agreement with China. This of course is a two way street. What happens to our horticultural industry when Colesworth decides to buy Chinese Apples? Their labour costs are a fraction of ours. But as you say, our farmers could reduce their labour costs. The problem with that is our living costs are way higher. And what about food security? Chinese food production is notoriously contaminated (read the Scary Crabs chapter in Fuschia Dunlop's Book Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper) and as i understand we won't have any veto rights on environmental grounds.
09/12/14 09:25 PM
Shock! Horror! I agree with the senator donkeys. But then, you can never trust these damned Libertarians. Occasionally, they stumble out of bed with a good idea
23/07/14 12:32 AM
Agrarian socialism? Nothing compared to the good old US of A. American corn farmers get $84.4 billion dollars a year.
06/07/14 10:49 PM
Your election had nothing to do with your policies. It was a mistake because you stole a name and confused people. You are, as you admit, the Senator for Donkies. Bray away. You won't last.
29/06/14 10:39 PM
As for safe as water, In California, where there is a mandatory system of reporting pesticide poisoning, Glyphosate is the third most common cause of pesticide illness in farm workers. It is the most common form of reported pesticide poisoning in landscape gardeners.
There's more if you wanted to find out rather than just parrot the IPA line
01/06/14 10:54 PM
'It is also irrelevant that genetically modified crops lead to less use of pesticides, or that the main pesticide used on them is glyphosate, which is almost as safe as water.'
It is amazing the way you throw these terminolgical inexactitudes out and expect no one to confroint you with the truth.
1. Herbicide-resistant crop technology has led to a 239 million kilogram (527 million pound) increase in herbicide use in the US between 1996 and 2011
01/06/14 10:52 PM
Unfettered free market capitalism works brilliantly. Just look at the GFC.
18/05/14 10:59 PM
Bill, I think you need to check the facts, mate.
08/05/14 10:52 PM


Be still my beating heart! I find myself in furious agreement with Barnaby Joyce.
17/02/15 09:13 PM
You beat me to it Dave. He'll need more than fluoros factory clobber and hard hats this time.
01/02/15 09:24 PM
Good Move NAB, but why only agriculture?
01/02/15 09:23 PM
A good environment news story on Australia Day. good on you Craig Knowles and To y Burke for listening and consulting.
Can we have a bit more of that now?
25/01/15 11:19 PM
Whatever, a good result for farmers and a good result for Australians.
15/12/14 09:26 PM
Don't forget the Chinese FTA is a tow way street. What goes out can come in.
07/12/14 09:29 PM
18 year flat trend? Read this from that well-known leftist rag The Economist:
http://www.economi y/21598610-slowdown-rising-temper atures-over-past-15-years-goes-be ing
And it appears that every nation in the world has been fooled by the climate change con. Have you been following the G20?
Give over denialists. You're looking very old hat. Reality is taking over
16/11/14 09:55 PM
Dear Mr Moore, you want evidence? Here's your link to the latest IPCC report, the fifth:
The IPCC is a scientific body under the auspices of the United Nations (UN). It reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change.
Thousands of scientists – climatologists, unlike you Mr Moore – from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC on a voluntary basis. Review is an essential part of the IPCC process.
11/11/14 09:26 PM
Bloody scientists. Always coming up with rational, reasonable and achievable answers to problems. That's why we don't want a science minister. That's why we do our best to shut them up. Pesky nuisances.
06/11/14 09:33 PM
When has any FTA been beneficial to any country or group?
23/10/14 09:41 PM


Agree with morrgo. That ain't bread. Maybe if the people who make imitation breads – TipTop, Helga's and all the rest – made real bread, proved and not stuffed with chemicals and loads of gluten to get them to rise faster, then firstly not so many people would be gluten intolerant and secondly more people would go back to eating bread.
01/12/14 12:28 AM
This is disgraceful. How come the CSIRO has funding left over after the Abbott government cuts? This wasting of money on scientific research must be stopped.
26/11/14 09:59 PM
'GMO technologies that arguably could enhance current production outcomes and methodologies.'
I think as you examine the science and the agricultural testing you'll find that the only benefit of GM is to the bio techs who sell the seeds
21/08/14 11:07 PM
I can't comment on the Victorian Greens but Ms Allen should know that hemp is specifically included in the NSW Greens' sustainable farming policy. And I seriously doubt that any Greens policy would exclude this sustainable profitable and water miserly crop. It is absurd not to encourage its cultivation.
18/08/14 11:14 PM
And watch the biotechs spend millions to repeal the decent law
28/07/14 10:19 PM
Ir the opposite could be argued. with statistics
Herbicide-resistan t crop technology has led to a 239 million kilogram (527 million pound) increase in herbicide use in the United States between 1996 and 2011, while Bt crops have reduced insecticide applications by 56 million kilograms (123 million pounds). Overall, pesticide use increased by an estimated 183 million kgs (404 million pounds), or about 7%.
06/07/14 10:56 PM
Another example of that charming corporation in action:
'Monsanto and its allies have just announced they're suing the tiny, rural U.S. state of Vermont to stop a new law that simply requires genetically engineered foods to be labeled. In fact, the mere threat of a multi-million dollar lawsuit nearly caused the state to back off the labeling law altogether.'
16/06/14 10:21 PM
There's a very simple rule for deciding what is fresh.
Any food labelled fresh isn't.
After tha,t use your eyes and nose.
29/09/14 10:34 PM
Firdtly there is no gm seed resistant to these aphids. and second if there was, sooner or later, it wouldn't be for long. GM is a quick fix. Look what's happen ing with superweeds.
15/09/14 10:37 PM
We should be using rail for transport across the country, not just in WA. Get those big lumbering trucks off the road for the sake of all drivers – including truck drivers.
01/07/14 11:18 PM


Dear me, the fossil fools are out in force today. Maybe they should take another tack, and look at the economics .com/watch?v=eLs73KJI36w
10/10/14 03:50 AM
Logic – could you point to anything in the Greens proposal that will give the market uncertainty? All seems pretty – if you'll pardon the pun on your name – logical to me
02/04/14 09:52 PM


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