Fonterra

The rights and wrongs of genetic modification are resurfacing as a political issue, as National signals its intent to introduce more GMOs, despite opposition from some councils and business

National can't believe it's luck. The government announced an historic, controversial decision this week -- the first ever general release of a genetically modified organism in New Zealand. In other words, the first bit of GM stuff to be allowed outside the lab or test paddock. And hardly anyone noticed.

As the milk price falls, Fonterra needs to react by rethinking its strategy

Agribusiness is different. Long investment cycles, equally long production cycles and environmental perturbations combine to erode resilience. The current milk price debacle is a clear case in point.

Panic has gone viral quicker than the Ebola virus, thanks to social media.

Not that there isn't something to worry about. Part of an entire continent is presently at risk - that's Africa not America.

It's not just that Ebola sounds like a modern day black plague and probably originated from blood sucking bats living in dark caves - reason enough for people here in the United States to react like there's a Zombie-Vampire apocalypse on its way.

How is Fonterra allowed to stay in business when it does this? Here is our dairy monopoly, enjoying its special status as the New Zealand economic engine (while threatening that economy with botch up after botulism botch up), now employing low paid ‘slave’ labour and getting away with it.


On the Fonterra site  - fencepost jobs - jobs are advertised on farms that provide Fonterra with its milk; farm assistants are expected to work 60 hours a week, with only one day off every fortnight in some cases.

This is the third infant formula crisis that Fonterra has been involved with. Time to go.

Fonterra was given privileged status because it was supposed to benefit the entire economy. Instead it's putting NZ inc at billion dollar risk. 

First it was plastic. Then it was fertilizers. Now it’s botulism. What next in baby’s milk – the Ebola virus?