Farmers brace for steep rise in fertiliser prices

Farmers are to be hit with a 37% increase in the cost of fertiliser as global demand pushes up the price of imported ingredients. Balance Agri-Nutrients and Ravensdown, which control about 90% of the New Zealand fertiliser market, say farmers can expect to pay an extra $100 per tonne of superphosphate within six months, pushing […]

Farmers brace for steep rise in fertiliser prices

Farmers are to be hit with a 37% increase in the cost of fertiliser as global demand pushes up the price of imported ingredients. Balance Agri-Nutrients and Ravensdown, which control about 90% of the New Zealand fertiliser market, say farmers can expect to pay an extra $100 per tonne of superphosphate within six months, pushing […]

John may hold the key

And big bucks for his corporate mates. JILL McKEE/Southland Times/Image ID 120070 UNDER HIS UMBRELLA: National Party leader John Key and Ardlussa farmer Rohan Horrell looking to the weather gods for some relief to the drought. Even though there was a smattering of rain on the parched Northern Southland plains yesterday it did little to […]

In this age of diamond saucepans, only a recession makes sense

Economic growth is a political sedative, snuffing out protest as it drives inequality. It is time we gave it up George Monbiot Tuesday October 9, 2007 The Guardian If you are of a sensitive disposition, I advise you to turn the page now. I am about to break the last of the universal taboos. I […]

Corn-to-Ethanol: US Agribusiness Magic Path To A World Food Monopoly

by Charles E. Carlson Global Research, September 29, 2007 Eight years of Biofuels (ethanol) policy and legislation has cemented in place the first world wide food cabal, which promises a humanitarian disaster, a famine more serious than those caused by any tsunami, earthquake or drought. This crisis is not in the dim future, it is […]

Eggs not so free range

Shoppers paying almost double the normal price for free-range eggs may be wasting their money if they think they are choosing the most ethical and nutritious option. Many eggs sold as “free-range” are laid by hens that never get outside to peck at fresh grass and insects, and may even have clipped beaks, say industry […]