Lifestyle Blocks and the loss of New Zealand’s productive soils

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10 years 4 months ago #30580 by JL
Sharing this recent research. Seems the research focused on productivity not sustainability.

www.landcareresearch.co.nz/news/release.asp?Ne_ID=320

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10 years 4 months ago #412332 by Organix
Discussed here at length at the time of the media release :)

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10 years 4 months ago #412381 by RhodeRed
Yeah damnit ... all those bludgers with lifestyle blocks that could have otherwise been solidified and onsold to the chinese by the NZ government, curses on the blight that is private property ownership, self-sufficiency and TRULY sustainable small farming practice (as opposed to political term "sustainability") ... :rolleyes:

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10 years 4 months ago #412386 by RhodeRed
I'll see you a couple of "whiney articles" about the 'evils' of lifestyles blocks and raise you an "United Nations Agenda 21".

www.un.org/esa/agenda21/natlinfo/countr/newzea/inst.htm

farmwars.info/?p=1450

... and when fox news in the States start talking about the equivalent happening over there, well you know the dam is begining to burst.

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10 years 4 months ago #412488 by igor
Sometimes I think I understand the motivation of those who live in a shack in the forest and avoid contact with the outside world as much as possible.

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10 years 4 months ago #412496 by Organix

RhodeRed;408794 wrote:
... and when fox news in the States start talking about the equivalent happening over there, well you know the dam is begining to burst.

Typical infotainment style news :rolleyes: If you want a more level headed appraisal of what is wrong with the US farming system (plenty) and how regulatory trends are impacting on producers of non-industrial scale food read Joel Salatin 's book ' Folks, This Ain't Normal '. Sustainability, health, oil dependancy, regulation of food (e.g. our Food Bill), globalisation, state control of land (by rural debt?); Joel covers all the bases in an easy to relate to and entertaining appraisal of why we need to get wise over what is going on beyond the fluff that passes as our news media [:0]

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10 years 4 months ago #412501 by Blueberry
Yeah, bad enough that we occupy the high productivity land (would that be dairy farming land??), but some of us even grow and sell untainted food via local markets, taking away custom from the big mighty supermarkets, and thus the food processing giants. So inconsiderate of us!

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10 years 4 months ago #412519 by RhodeRed

Organix;408915 wrote: Typical infotainment style news :rolleyes:


Agreed - but its a certain social barometer when stuff like this actually shows up on mainsteam sensationalistic television - especially in the states where they'd rather reveal turgid details of the latest hollywood-starlets infidelities than anything of real substance.

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10 years 4 months ago #412841 by Rod Brown
My block is one of 10 -15 blocks (from about 100 acres) the farmer sub-divided and I would say we have spent several million dollars of capital expenditure on this land during the last 10 years since it was cut up not to mention the little we have all still produced of it. How much would the farmer produced in 10 years and how much would he have spent? Should that come into the equation!

Now sold block, of no fixed abode, building new house. Darling wife has passed 1 year ago.

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10 years 4 months ago #413109 by Ashlee
I would like to know what land size is considered a lifestyle block in this research? 5000m2+? Less than 20ha?

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10 years 4 months ago #413115 by Organix

Ashlee;409585 wrote: I would like to know what land size is considered a lifestyle block in this research? 5000m2+? Less than 20ha?

If their definition of a lifestyle block is one that is too small to generate a viable income then the size will be steadily increasing as farming becomes less profitable [B)]

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10 years 4 months ago #413133 by LMCL65

Blueberry;408922 wrote: Yeah, bad enough that we occupy the high productivity land (would that be dairy farming land??), but some of us even grow and sell untainted food via local markets, taking away custom from the big mighty supermarkets, and thus the food processing giants. So inconsiderate of us!


No need to worry about that Blueberry isn't the latest legislation going to catch everyone with this endeavour, they will get you one way or another!

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10 years 4 months ago #413144 by Simkin

Blueberry;408922 wrote: Yeah, bad enough that we occupy the high productivity land (would that be dairy farming land??), but some of us even grow and sell untainted food via local markets, taking away custom from the big mighty supermarkets, and thus the food processing giants. So inconsiderate of us!

And the worst thing about it is that you don't pay taxes on what you consume.

Same with us here.

But it does get up my nose sometimes seeing the LSBs not far from our's where all they grow is pony poo. The land is bare as, apart from a few thistles that stand out proud and tall.

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