South Waikato News - - Tea Cup Trip -

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.

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