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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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  1. David Obendorf

    August 25, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Perhaps the crux of this particular biosecurity issue can be distilled down to: Are the import measures applied to NZ apples stringent enough to prevent whole fresh apples from New Zealand being a likely source of index fire blight infection for Australian (and Tasmanian) pome fruit orchards?

    If NZ whole apples are a risk and it can be tested and proven to be so… Australia, under WTO rules – can ban those imports.

  2. mike seabrook

    August 23, 2011 at 4:13 am

    at least the fireblight will not come into tassie or australia on pears -. pears are very susceptable/vulnerable to fireblight & the presence of fireblight in nz is one of the main reasons that the growing of pears in nz is insignificant.

    the goulburn valley (& other victorian)apple & pear growers used to be against the import of nz apples with fireblight as it would , if introduced to the goulburn valley have decimated the apple & pear industry, as it would spread easily given the warm/hot & humid growing conditions & also they stated that this would cause the closure of one of the two major canneries – ardmona or shepparton.

    guess what – the ardmona cannery is closing & not one nz apple has yet been imported into the goulburn valley,

    caused by issues involving negotiations between spc ( coca cola – ccl) with coles & woollies as to how much margin the powerful supermarket duopsonists will allow spc to actually make on processed pears, stonefruits & tomato products.

    could be interesting opportunity for tassie (to massively expand its pear growing) if/when fireblight gets into mainland australia & really gets going in the apples & pears in the warm & humid goulburn valley (vic) , orange (nsw) or stanthorpe (qld) & other areas.

  3. David Obendorf

    August 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Fire Blight as a new biosecurity issue for Tasmania; the apple and pear industry in Austrialia must recognise the lifting of a 90-year trade ban on NZ apples in the context of globalisation after the setting up of thw World Trade Organisation in ~1996.

    Tasmania and Australia – especially the apple & pear industry – need to get far more clever if it believes that NZ apple imports will be a substantial risk to the local growers’ orchards.

    There is a difference between sheer tokenism that is a mere fig-leaf for trade protectionism for locally produced agricultural produce and biosecurity science that assesses the entry risk of this bacterial plant disease-agent via commercial imports.

    Use your noggin Taz-maniacs or just spit out the NZ apple pips!

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