Manna from heaven?

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial sources:

“While M. bo­vis is a pro­duc­tion-lim­it­ing dis­ease, it poses no threat to hu­man health or food safety.”

“For­tu­nately, this dis­ease is un­likely to im­pact on in­ter­na­tional trade as the dis­ease is not a risk in an­i­mal prod­ucts.”

“Ev­ery other coun­try in the world has M. bo­vis in their cat­tle herds. Ev­i­dence from overseas in­di­cates this is un­likely to present a sig­nif­i­cant man­age­ment prob­lem for most farm­ers run­ning ex­ten­sive pro­duc­tion sys­tems.”

Okay, not great, but that seems eas­ily man­age­able to me. I am only a farmer though. Ap­par­ently erad­i­ca­tion could take 10 years, and cost around $500 mil­lion — and con­tain­ment is equally pricey. In­clude the im­pact to the econ­omy, it could be $1 bil­lion.

Those of a con­spir­a­to­rial na­ture may won­der why a govern­ment is happy to take a bil­lion-dol­lar hit for some­thing that can be farmed with and adapted to.

What makes us so dif­fer­ent? It’s these kind of events that gov­ern­ments no doubt rel­ish. They have a dis­as­ter they can con­trol, aid­ing po­lit­i­cal con­trol. At a cost, new bu­reau­cratic govern­ment com­mit­tees and groups will be con­structed. They have the rea­son to make laws and reg­u­la­tions that crip­ple the small farmer, and hand con­trol of the food pro­duc­tion sys­tem to the cor­po­rates.

They can legally dis­pose of a huge chunk of the dairy cow in­dus­try, some­thing the Greens will be ec­static over. Or, I won­der, is there some­thing in this M. bo­vis strain that is par­tic­u­larly nasty?

I won­der how many farms will be sold for hous­ing. Non­sense on the sur­face, but what lies un­der­neath?

Of course, if it all goes ter­ri­bly wrong for the Govern­ment, they can al­ways blame the farm­ers.



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