Greenie MyopiaSunday, Jan 13, 2002
The destruction, presumably by some Green style extremist group, of the experimental potato crop in
the Lincoln University laboratories re-emphasises the growing divergence of values between rural and
urban communities in New Zealand.
On one hand farmers are pressured by international competition to produce more for less – to improve
the efficiency of their production systems to enable their farm businesses to survive in the context
of the countries total economy but within the bounds of acceptable practise set by the democratic
structures and processes of our communities.
On the other hand small groups of self indulgent urban extremists are hell bent on imposing their emotional
values with total disregard of the underlying science or any concept of economic consequence.
But even worse is the inability of this countries leaders to condemn out right these attacks and spell
out the consequences of and the false base in much of the PC speak presented by the green supporters
against the development of new technologies
If the protestors were to hold sway it is inevitable that total farm production – that’s organic farm
production in the original sense of the word organic – will decline.
The urban greenie may be entitled to organise their lives around bean sprouts and hemp cloth but the
community at large should expect something better as a result of the application of science and understanding
to improve the welfare of all.