Keep politicians out of the chocolate purity fuss

July 12, 2009

Aaaagh. Greenie Sue Kedgley has waded in on the chocolate issue. Next bloody thing you know, there will be moves in Parliament to define chocolate in a way that rules out palm oil as a substitute for cocoa butter and there will be demands for all sorts of food labelling requirements.

The European Union spent 25 years doing something like that before allowing the sale of “chocolate” without cocoa butter.

There are environmental issues too.

The threat of politicisation is raised by news that –
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Burgeoning burger business good for jobs

June 25, 2009

A deal struck between Work and Income and McDonalds sounds great to Alf, which means we can count on it being dumped on by Greenie grouch Sue Kedgley. He’s surprised she hasn’t issued her condemnatory press release already.

Under the deal, thousands of beneficiaries could soon be flipping burgers, to provide customers with food they want regardless of Kedgley’s daft dietary demands.

The urge to munch burgers is so great – it seems – that McDonald’s is aiming to open 30 new restaurants over the next five years.

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett revealed the agreement during a select committee meeting at Parliament yesterday. The agreement will provide up to 7000 unemployed for the fast-food chain’s restaurant expansion plans over the next five years.
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Sweet victory for Coca-Cola’s PR team

May 27, 2009

Hah. A triumph for Coca-Cola’s PR people, a setback for Sue Kedgley and her mob of food fanatics.

A campaign for Coca-Cola promoting the artificial sweetener aspartame has won New Zealand’s top public relations industry award.

Network PR’s ‘Aspartame – Facts and Fiction’ campaign sought to restore confidence in the substance by working with the health industry.
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Shabby grandstanding on animal welfare

May 20, 2009

Just as you can’t make a silk purse from a pig’s ear, nor can you make a federal case from a sow crate.

But tell that to Sue Kedgley, who boasts the title Green Animal Welfare Spokesperson.

Earlier this week Kedgley was kicking up a hullabaloo and calling on the Minister of Agriculture to visit a typical intensive pig farm to see for himself “the cruelty sows endure when they are locked into crates for months on end.”

Ms Kedgley’s call follows the Minister’s admission on television last night that he did not know sow crates were widely used in pig farming in New Zealand. Last night on TV1’s Sunday programme, Mr Carter was shown video footage of hundreds of sows locked in crates or cages on a North Island pig farm.

The Sunday programme featured secretly filmed footage of a pig farm by a bunch of animal rights zealots, Save Animals From Exploitation (SAFE).
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Best of British could be just down the road

April 25, 2009

Alf is keeping an eye on the Steak of Origin challenge, to see how a local entrant performs.

All up, a record number of 350 entries was received this year.

Those who have made it through to the semi-finals – as determined by Lincoln University’s tenderness testing – have just been announced.

Among them (in Class 2: Best of British) is Bryan Bendall, Eketahuna (Angus) processed at Landmeat NZ Ltd

The Meat & Wool New Zealand competition is supported by PGG Wrightson and Pfizer Animal Genetics.

Each semi-finalist sirloin steak will be tasted by a panel of judges comprising chefs, dietitians and meat industry personnel.

The semi-final will be staged at Caf Valentino in Christchurch next Thursday from 11am.

The top four steaks in each class will be tasted by the public at Countdown Church Corner in Riccarton, Christchurch on Friday 1 May from 11am.

The public score will contribute 10% of the final mark.

The Grand Champion will be announced at the final during Beef Expo on Monday 11 May.

Wonder if Sue Kedgley will be invited?

Consumers urged to give Talley’s the cold shoulder

April 7, 2009

Top marks to Macdoctor for calling on consumers to take direct action, in response to reports that the Talley’s food company is tightening its processes (but not recalling its product) after nightshade berries were discovered among packets of frozen vegetables.

The South Island company received complaints over recent weeks from consumers who found the current-like black nightshade berries in their food.

Macdoctor is urging consumers not to buy Talley’s products again until the company

1. Informs the public where the problem was and how they fixed it.

2. Apologises for it’s lackadaisical attitude.

If we can’t have regulatory muscle applied, there is still consumer power.

Other blogs are invited to pass this on to their readers:

The Greens, however, seem curiously oblivious to the issue. Too busy fighting fat, perhaps.
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Here’s hoping Kedgley saw the joke

April 2, 2009

What a bloody miserable lifestyle was in store for us – it seemed – if ever mass dementia took hold and we elected a Green Government.

A strong whiff of a Green future was wafted from a post in Frogblog, portending that when the tree-huggers take over, we will have to throw away many (if not all) of our electric gadgets. Our electric kettles, heaters, blankets, toothbrushes and what-have-you.

The appliances that make life comfortable and shopping such fun.
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Carter’s emphasis on welfare unlikely to silence Sue

March 31, 2009

Green Party grouch Sue Kedgley – having asked at Question Time how New Zealand will benefit from any resumption of live sheep exports for slaughter in Saudi Arabia – was told the live animal export trade last year was worth a billion dollars to the Australian economy.

David Carter, our Minister of Agriculture, said it’s clear that in these challenging times this trade is a potential—he repeated the word “potential”—economic opportunity for our farmers.

But regardless of the cash that might flow our way, Kedgley is bothered that the exporting will be done by folk from the Middle East. Arabs.
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Here’s one way of muting Kedgley

March 24, 2009

Perhaps we should ship the Greens” Sue Kedgley to Saudi Arabia. Or anywhere.

That way, we would be rid of her constant bleating about farm practices, and seriously reduce the shrillness levels in Wellington at the same time.
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Greens would gag on humble pie

February 18, 2009

Alf admits to dozing, during debate culminating in an overhelming Parliamentary vote (112-9) to repeal the Electoral Finance Act.

But he rejoices that the vote, with strong cross-party support, delivers on the Government’s election promise to repeal the EFA within its first 100 days.

The Greens demonstrated what a weird mob they are, however, by trying to resist the repeal. For the rest of us, it was good riddance, and that includes the Labour MPs and their supporters who put the pernicious legislation on the law books in the first place.

As Newstalk ZB reported Labour had been forced to eat humble pie during the first stages of the repeal process.

Labour’s electoral reform spokesman David Parker again acknowledged the previous government got it wrong and produced an overly complicated regime. However Labour, the Greens and the Progressives are strongly urging that replacement electoral law must favour transparency and keep big money out of the political process.

It would be too much to expect the Greens to eat humble pie. As Alf understands it, Sue Kedgley keeps the poor buggers on a strict diet of muesli, lettuce and bird seed.

That’s not brain tucker, in Alf’s book, which is why the Greens co-leader – wotzisname who replaced Rod Donald – was banging on about there being no need to repeal the legislation. What planet is he on, let alone what diet?

Oh, and wasn’t that him Alf heard on Morning Report, whining about the legislation being repealed just to keep an election promise?

Good grief. Alf thought it was when governments fail to keep their election promises that they should be given the hurry-up from their opponents.

But don’t get the idea some sort of vacuum has been created. The Electoral Amendment Act 2009 contains an interim measure that reinstates the relevant provisions of the Electoral Act 1993 – the law that preceded the EFA. These deal with electoral finance and retain the donations regime from the EFA.

A very general outline of the new deal can be found in a media release from Justice Minister Simon Power.