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Jaspreet
Aug 12, 2021

WHY?

Because EAT forum & Global Nutrition targets 2030 are already set in stone.

Meanwhile, a booklet for Parliamentarians for food systems has been issued, to ensure legislation follows the set agenda.

Plus for good measure, all industry organizations, regional councils, Alltech(!), all are waxing lyrical about how they've imbedded the UN agenda in their workings.

So really, an all-around solution to ensure we COMPLY.

All this while we've been kept busy with new rules, regulations, fencing another 3 metres(!), cropping deadlines, farm plans etc etc.

The EAT forum has been created and has declared far less red meat (28 gms a day!!!) and dairy plus eggs are optional.

All our industry organizations, regulators, regional councils have signed up/committed to working towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - the SDG. https://eatforum.org/.../enhancing-nationally-determined.../

It clearly states: Redesign nutritional recommendations combining health considerations and the the GHG footprint of food product. Its also used Covid to its benefit by declaring - " food systems dependent on livestock are the primary cause of pandemics"

The entire report is below - some key points though:

  1. Transformation to healthy diets by 2050 will require substantial dietary shifts. This includes a more than doubling in the consumption of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts, and a greater than 50% reduction in global consumption of less healthy foods such as added sugars and red meat(i.e. primarily by reducing excessive consumption in wealthier countries. Read- changing nutritional guidelines.

  2. dietary changes from current diets toward healthy diets are likely to result in major health benefits. This includes preventing approximately 11 million deaths per year, which represent between 19% to 24% of total deaths among adults. - read- legislation towards diet changes - like a nanny state.

  3. By 2050, world agriculture will transition toward sustainable food production, leading to a shift from land use being a net source of carbon to becoming a net sink of carbon - read- forestry enabled- happening since the "simplified forestry" test in 2017 , did away with the requirement to show economic benefit for NZ.

  4. Alongside dietary shifts, agricultural and marine policies must be reoriented toward a variety of nutritious foods that enhance biodiversity rather than aiming for increased volume of a few crops, that are sued to feed animals- read- cropping for wintering more under the scanner. Less feed- less animals. Bingo. https://eatforum.org/.../EAT-Lancet_Commission_Summary...

But, for good measure, there's another new publication working on the SDG: Handbook for parliamentarians on nutrition and food systems.

It can be downloaded at :https://www.ipu.org/handbook-nutrition2021

It has guidelines for legislative actions to be taken by Parliamentarians towards the Global Nutrition targets 2030. It states (amongst a bunch of other things in 72 odd pages): Legislation and policies must be in place to ensure that investment in agriculture benefits both women and men and is done responsibly so as not to harm the environment, water or land or reduce biodiversity. - read -Fertilizer/ water limits laws based on suitably skewed science towards SDG 2030.

Build alliances with civil society, academic institutions and other relevant actors to further advance advocacy, while being vigilant about conflicts of interest.- read- get universities to regularly churn out suitably skewed studies to flummox producers and consumers - see Massey study here: https://www.frontiersin.org/.../10.3389/fnut.2019.00099/full

Enshrine a nutrition agenda in the manifestos of political parties.- speechless!! (page 60).

State decides what you eat - or rather UN's EAT forum has decided what you WILL eat and your government legislates that into action.

Hold decision makers accountable and develop scorecard systems to make sure political commitments to nutrition and food systems are being realized.

The scorecards developed by primary industry bodies - all have a financial incentive linked - voluntary on their face but if you don't comply, you lose.


Column Author: Jaspreet Boporai. a 42 year old wife, mum of two kids (6, 4) and a dairy farmer. She and her husband manage 1500 cows over two farms in Western Southland for a large equity partnership.

Jaspreet got her degree in accounting from Massey and has also been bookkeeping for the last decade.

She and her husband moved to NZ in 2009, swapping 80 hour weeks in corporate banking for prob longer weeks in farming! (her husband has done his MBA and Jaspreet was a mortgage underwriter in India).

Hailing from Punjab (the epicentre of Indian farmer protests), India's wheat basket, the love of land runs strong in the couple and wanting to go large scale farming got them to New Zealand.

Jaspreet's family has been serving in the Indian army for many generations and nearly 30 years ago, her dad served in the Indian army contingent under the aegis of the United Nations in Africa. Thus, began her interest in all things UN related!



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