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World Dairy Sumit Protest

Postby Lentil » Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:39 pm

World Dairy Summit's focus on sustainability set to be challenged
Submitted by Coalition Against the World Dairy Sumit on 5 November 2010 - 4:08pm
in Local Protest Activity

World Dairy Summit’s focus on sustainability set to be challenged.

Friday 5 November, for immediate release. See below for invite to press conference on Monday 8th Nov.

The ‘Coalition Against the World Dairy Summit’ (CAWDS) will be exposing the true cost of current dairy practices with a series of demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience when industry leaders from around the world meet at Skycity next week in order to discuss growth and sustainability with regard to intensive dairy farming.

The coalition, made up of grassroots animal rights and climate change groups, formed to actively oppose the World Dairy Summit and raise public awareness about what is wrong with the corporate dairy model. As New Zealand’s largest and powerful dairy entity and platinum sponsor for the event, Fonterra will play a substantial role at the summit and therefore will also come under scrutiny.

Spokesperson for CAWDS, Claire Dann states “the dairy industry is responsible for animal rights abuses, increasing climate change, jeopardising human health and putting profit first before human and animal livelihoods. This is why when the industry leaders come together for the World Dairy Summit we intend to send them a strong message letting them know that this intensive dairy model has no place in our futures.”

Regarding the treatment of cows, the public would be shocked to know the suffering that goes into their milk and cheese. A spokesperson for coalition member Animal Freedom Aotearoa, Jasmine Gray, comments "the dairy industry treat cows as machines to convert grass into milk, rather than as sentient beings capable of pain and emotional distress. Dairy cows are made pregnant every year to maintain the milk supply; the calves that result are seen as a waste product and are taken away from their mother within 24 hours of birth and often slaughtered. This process is repeated annually until the dairy cows themselves are slaughtered. Their life span goes from 20 to 5 years because of this focus on quick milk production, without the bat of an eye."

Coalition member Climate Camp, see Fonterra's stranglehold over our government and the corporate dairy model it enforces both in New Zealand and overseas one of the primary reasons why New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions continue to soar. Spokesperson Gary Cranston says “industrial dairying is responsible for over half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, specifically in the form of methane released by the cows themselves, and nitrous oxide from chemicals used to top dress soil. Meanwhile, farmers all over the world are threatened by corporate agriculture, which pushes for false solutions like genetically engineered animals and plants, and soil based carbon trading instead of taking responsibility for the damage they are causing to our climate”.

As well as demonstrations and actions every day of the four day Summit in Auckland, solidarity events are also set to take place in Wellington and Taranaki, evidence of the growing concern towards the industry and people’s dissatisfaction with governmental leadership to address the problems it creates.

“Those involved with the corporate style dairying represented at the summit will be doing a great job of painting a nice happy picture of milk production and environmental harmony, but the public need to know that in reality there is immense animal suffering, contaminated waterways, increasing levels of climate changing gases and whole new markets being sold milk for its so called ‘health benefits’. We encourage people to find out more about where their milk comes from and join us in opposing the summit and the intensive dairy industry it represents” concludes Dann.


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Schedule for demonstrations co-ordinated by CAWDS:

Monday 8th Nov:
8am - 10.30am outside Skycity

WELLINGTON: 12 noon: rally starting at the bucket fountain in Cuba Mall, then marching to Fonterra's offices in Vodafone House at Midland Park

Tuesday 9th Nov:
8am - 9am outside Skycity
11.30 - onwards rally outside Skycity

Wednesday 10th Nov:
8am - 9am outside Skycity
12.00 noon - Office demo at the Gold Sponsor Orica
Where: 123 Carlton Gore Road, New Market

Thursday 11th Nov:
8am - 9am outside Skycity

More about the key coalition members:

Animal Freedom Aotearaoa: A national grassroots animal rights group who have several campaigns as well as having an investigation group who document the conditions on farms and in slaughterhouses within Aotearoa.

Climate Camp: Climate Camp Aotearoa seeks to address the real causes of climate change and build a people's movement that can and will stop disastrous climate change.

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Re: World Dairy Sumit Protest

Postby Lentil » Tue Nov 09, 2010 6:56 pm

Media Release: 9th November 2010

Camp for Climate Action Aotearoa invites the corporate farmers of the World Dairy Summit to get a real job on a real farm

In response to yesterday’s Federated Farmer’s press release telling protestors of the World Dairy Summit in Auckland to “Get a real job like farming” Camp for Climate Action Aotearoa suggests that Federated Farmer’s listen to their own advice.
Camp for Climate Action Aotearoa spokesperson Gary Cranston says “we support the actions of small scale farmers all over the world who are already living sustainably, feeding their communities and defending their climate-friendly farming practices from mega-scale agribusinesses.”

“As a stream of greenwash spews from the World Dairy Summit into our rivers small-scale farmer’s livelihoods are not only threatened by climate change, they’re also threatened by industrial agriculture itself and the kind of money-making false solutions that the world’s agribusiness giants are peddling at the UN climate negotiations and through John Key’s Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.”

“Particularly dangerous are solutions being cooked up specifically to generate more and more cheap carbon trading loopholes for Fonterra such as genetic manipulation of all sorts of organisms and land grabbing for Biochar production.”

“With New Zealand becoming the world’s de facto agricultural greenwasher at the floundering UN climate negotiations, we support the thousands of farmers from all over South America who will travel to Cancun en masse to confront Fonterra and the rest of the corporate agribusiness machine at the conference centre.”

“While Andrew Ferrier of Fonterra gets a 1.5 million dollar pay rise, real kiwi workers are under increasing pressure to feed their families real food as prices rise with GST. Colonised land the world over could instead be redistributed to those who will use it responsibly to feed communities and create thousands of jobs. There are plenty of New Zealanders who would rather be doing something more meaningful than working like dogs to make others rich, if they’re lucky enough to have a job in the first place.”

“It is time to radically change the way we produce, trade and consume food and agricultural products. Sustainable small-scale farming and localised food consumption can reverse the devastation inflicted by industrial dairying and support millions of farming families instead. Agriculture can contribute to cooling down the earth by using practices which store greenhouse gases and heavily reduce the use of energy on farm. However, this approach is completely incompatible with Fonterra’s business model and the obscene salaries of those attending the World Dairy Summit.”

“Real farmers grow food, these guys just want to grow their profits” said Cranston.

Camp for Climate Action Aotearoa is a member organisation of the Coalition against the World Dairy Summit 2010

Camp for Climate Action website:

Coalition Against the World Dairy Summit website:

La Via Campesina [the world’s largest farming movement] calls for international solidarity with farmers facing the COP16 UN climate negotiations in Cancun Mexico December 2010: ... &Itemid=75

Short film on dairy ... ation.html

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Re: World Dairy Sumit Protest

Postby Lentil » Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:34 pm

On Wednesday night the Radical Cheerleaders joined other activists in
greeting delegates attending the World Dairy Summit gala dinner. A late
change of venue to the ASB show grounds did not stop teams taking on
different entrance ways and blockading many of the buses that transported

With the radical cheerleaders strutting their stuff and leading magnificent
routines at the main gate almost all of the buses were diverted to other
gates, often to be met by fellow protestors. Chants spoofed iconic kiwiana
tune “If it weren’t for your gumboots” to ask “if it weren’t for Fonterra
where would we be? There’d be less climate crimes and animal cruelty, we’d
have clean water and anti capitalist harmony...” and other such lyrical

At one point the cheerleaders moved onto the road and entertained two buses
of delegates with their upbeat spirit coupled with powerful messaging until
police arrived to break up the party.

The cheer leaders were part of a Climate Camp Aotearoa posse that also
included a martini welding “cash cow” representing the ‘milk to money’
mindset of the dairy industry. A banner was also displayed reading “Fonterra
= C02lonisation” highlighting the land stolen all over the globe by the
dairy giant whose practices are a significant contributor to climate change.

A member of the troupe, Trixie Troublemaker remarked “we came out tonight to
jump and shout and create a pre dinner spectacle that would cause a spot of
bother for all those involved with the summit. Because whilst our methods
may be in jest our message is serious; the corporate dairy industry can
never be sustainable with its soaring greenhouse gas emissions, polluted
waterways, and fix over small scale farmers that are trying to feed their
communities through localised food production.”

a couple of photos on Indymedia ... legates-ha

World Dairy Summit ‘greenwashed’

At 8.00 am this morning Greenwash Incorporated greenwashed the entrance to the Sky City Convention Centre, as part of the World Dairy Summit.

Today is the last day of the World Dairy Summit, where the international dairy delegates are discussing their effect on the environment.

Greenwash Inc. Communications Manager Gareth Johnson says “Greenwash Inc. are assisting Fonterra in covering up their major contribution to New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions. Currently 50% of our national emissions result from agricultural practices and 90% of our rivers are unswimmable, largely due to impacts of the dairy industry.

“Greenwash Inc. feel strongly that Fonterra should not be penalised for their flagrant disregard for environmental concerns. We will ensure that Fonterra continues to lead the world’s dairy industry in this destructive manner under the guise of ‘sustainability’.”

A dozen green-clad workers covered the pavement in front of the centre with green goo, as international delegates entered the building. The greenwash application lasted approximately 30 minutes, until police moved the workers on.

“We are trying to hide the devastation Fonterra is responsible for” said Greenwash Inc. employee Jacquie Govinski. “Today we successfully covered up climate crimes, deforestation and extensive water pollution.”

“Fonterra can now happily continue leading the world in ‘sustainable dairying’” said Govinski.
photos ... reenwashed

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