In response to South Waikato News’ article
Go meat free and save the world, which made an assumption about our meat consumption, it is a common misconception that New Zealanders are big meat eaters, when in fact it is slowly declining.
The last national nutrition survey highlighted New Zealand men eat an average 64g beef and lamb per day, and women 38g/day, down from the previous survey. This sits below the World Cancer Research Fund recommendation of no more than 500g/week cooked (equivalent to about 750g raw/week).
The notion that eating less meat is good for the environment is based on the mistaken belief production of grain or other plant foods could be substituted wherever meat is produced.
In New Zealand, large areas of countryside are most efficiently used for growing pasture for sheep and cattle to turn into protein.
New Zealand farmers use modern farming techniques and the latest science to improve their knowledge of livestock and the environment. It is the objective of every farmer to pass on the farm to the next generation in a better state.
The New Zealand meat industry is proactively working to understand its impact on the environment and identify ways to improve. The industry is proud of its achievements in the environmental area to date, producing healthy, nutritious, sustainable meat.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand recommendations align with the Ministry of Health Eating and Activity Guidelines, which is eating lean red meat in moderation, that is, palm-sized portions and no more than 500g cooked/week. This recognises red meat is a nutrient dense food as part of a healthy lifestyle, complemented with plenty of veges for a complete, nutritious meal. I read recently of a West Coast council that contracted out an upgrade to its water treatment plants to a cake decorator from Auckland. I am concerned that the SWDC is using that same contractor to maintain the town’s roads.
I didn’t realise just how bad they were until the re-surfacing had been completed. Large bald patches where the metal had not held. Drifts of loose metal over which white lines had been painted.the metal itself so large I believe it was actually intended for Kiwi Rail as ballast for its rail lines. The larger the metal the more tyre noise.
Is the welfare of the ratepayers of this town ever considered when these decisions are made. Is anything considered other than the cheapness of the job or are the contracts awarded on the same basis as the council mentioned (Its asset manager is on payed extended leave).
Every time a shoddy job like this is undertaken the actual contours of the road are compromised leading to more extensive work down the track. Excuse the pun.
It would appear that any work undertaken for our council is not subject to any quality control. There are no repercussions and certainly no oversight.
If I had my drive sealed and it was up to the standard I have seen around town the contractor would be down the road. Another pommy witticism.
Kiwis are eating less meat.