What have I been saying about the apparent lack of understanding of agriculture among Australian politicians. We have a beacon on Senator BJ, but there are limits to what he can do.
The Fed Minister just keeps on demonstrating either his ignorance of agriculture, or, as some have written in these columns, he is following the policy of this government, and the one before it to be fair, to open Australia's borders to the unfettered and uncontrolled importation of food into Australia.
For some of my views on the capacity of China then go to Barnaby's site and discussion on apple imports. That debate, on apples, is going on, on three community sites. We are losing strength by spreading ourselves all over the place discussing the same topic.
Community organisers need to get organised. Write to each other and say something like "Look we all have the same hymn sheet here can we all sing in the same church?"
Sorry for the religious overtones there but after all it is Sunday. Seemed appropriate.
If group organisers could do that it would be much easier to follow the debate on not just apples but food importation. As I have written we are an eclectic mob with a huge amount of talent. If we want to cause change We must organise ourselves in a better way than we are at present.
All talk and no action. All the stroking and none of the satisfaction.
Meanwhile down on the Canadian Parliamentary/ Agricultural Lobby Farm, would you believe it there is some creative thinking going on?:
1. G20 economic plan should include agriculture: farm leader
by Owen Roberts
Deficit reduction measures advocated at the G20 summit are universally accepted, but they must not impinge on investments in agriculture development, says the leader of Canada's major general farm group.
Ron Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, says people understand the need for fiscal responsibility, given the delicate nature of world economies following the 2008 collapse of financial institutions, and the way global economies had to prop up banks and other lenders.
But deficit reduction should be treated separately from global agriculture program development, Bonnett says.
"In developing countries, investing in agriculture is the best way to build the economy and alleviate poverty," Bonnett says.
In some countries, he says, as many as 80 per cent of those who live in impoverished areas are farmers. Creating programs that help them -- such as road development projects so they can get their production to markets, as well as improved food storage techniques, training and organizational measures -- offer help without the need for expensive and trade-distorting subsides.
Such assistance also speaks to one of the other G20 imperatives -- maternal health and women's health.
"Much of the farming in developing countries is done by women," Bonnett says. "Programs created to help farmers also help women."
A communiqué issued by the EU at the G20's conclusion noted how the next summit, in Seoul, Korea, in November needs to "pave the way for the final deal," with a special emphasis on trade.
"In Toronto, the G20 has proven to be what it said it would be: the premier forum for international economic co-operation," wrote European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council president Herman Van Rompuy in a joint statement. "Trade is the most tax friendly and consumer friendly tool to generate growth. We must make use of it."
But Bonnett's not so sure. Even if tariffs are banished, emphasizing trade over all else fails to recognize that hidden subsidies can also cause problems. Bonnett prefers an approach that highlights farmer development, and positions agriculture as opportunity for reducing poverty and for stabilizing local economies in developing countries.
I lifted that from a Canadian Ag Newsletter FSS. I have written to them until I am blue in the face for permission to re-produce some snippets and they have ignored me. There is nothing that I don't understand in the word NO and it takes a second or so to write.
So I have gone ahead. If they come back at me, I will show the proper signs of guilt and remorse.
To get back to the subject, why haven't we got a politician (including Barnaby) or more importantly a Farm Leader as Bonnet is, who thinks as Bonnet does.
Peanuts and monkeys?