Just had three days of lovely warm rain so the farmers will be happy especially in the Waikato region where they have had a long drought though not long in Australian terms. It worries me that dairy farmers (producing our main export) are getting their highest payout for years and so are rapidly converting sheep and cattle farms and forestry into milk production. It's great for the small town economies as the money is filtered down to the service industries but it's hard on the environment. NZ has a clean, green image but as an ex dairy farmer I know how much chemical spray, fertiliser, nitrogen etc is poured onto the land and run off into the streams and rivers let alone all the belching and farting the cows do which adds to global warming. Don't laugh it's our biggest addition to the worlds problem!
It's not going to change because money talks, we will just have to find a silver lining. Like American farmers producing crops for bio fuel which has pushed up the price of food world wide. Surely this will stop them dumping subsidy produced cheap food in poor countries and allow those farmers to get higher prices.
Merlot is whining at the door, it's time for his walk (chase the seagulls) on the beach.