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Friday, June 17, 2005

Lifestyle Envy

Lifestyle blocks 'a waste of farmland'

Chief executive [of AgResearch] Andy West said an "epidemic" of lifestyle blocks was wasting quality soil.

Dr West said he regarded waste of land from lifestyle blocks as one of two major issues facing the country's farming industry.

Dominion Post pg A9, today
There's more, but you get the gist. This is not the first time I've herd people moaning about lifestyle blocks. Geez, get over it, people want to live in the country. If someone's willing to sell them the land, then what's the big deal. Get over it.

Next, we'll get some git calling for collectivation of farmland again. For the good of the state, of course. Remember collectivisation in the former USSR? People resisted because they want their mini-farms, they want to live on the land away from the claustraphobic cities. They want to experience growing their own food, rather than buying it off supermarket shelves.

But it's more efficient to have huge-mega farms. It's also more efficient to have everyone, except farmers, living in the cities. Wouldn't have to build roads and other infrastructure out in the out-lying areas. Probably wouldn't get all the moaning from the Kapiti Coasters about The Gauntlet (State Highway One - Abandon All Hope All Ye Who Enter) if they all just lived in Wellington.

Yes, collectivisation. Good way to go. First step, declare "lifestylers" an environmental problem. Then set the greenies onto it. Throw in some religious greenie fervour and maybe we could be cramming people into the cities one day soon. Might help with the Kyoto protocol payments to Russia.

Posted by Lucia Maria | 6/17/2005 10:09:00 AM

4 Comments:

Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Lucyna, Unfortunately the gentleman for Agresearch is right. There are very few areas of "highly productive' soil types in New Zealand and if these are used simply to run a couple of horses whose main purpose is to turn dolars into second hand oats then we do have a problem. Don't worry about it. The market will sort it out. When an entrepreneurial agriculturalist wants some of this prime land he will buy out the indolent lifestyler. I can remember a one acre block which produced more income than a 100 acre dairy farm in 1967. The owner was producing specialist flower seeds.

6/17/2005 10:29:00 AM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

That's if the market is "allowed" to sort it out.

6/17/2005 11:10:00 AM  
Blogger PC said...

"There's more, but you get the gist. This is not the first time I've herd people moaning about lifestyle blocks. Geez, get over it, people want to live in the country. If someone's willing to sell them the land, then what's the big deal. Get over it."

Um, you'll find that the 'Smart Growth' movement in general and Auckland Regional Council's 'Plan Change 6' in particular both call lifestyle blocks 'unsustainable,' and intend to end countryside living and to make rural Auckland a National Park. No chance for the market to sort out anything. If they're successful there, it will also be tried elsewhere. I suspect your Agresearch friend has either bought or is selling the 'Smart Growth' line.

I wrote about it here.

PC

6/17/2005 11:42:00 AM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

!!!!!!

6/17/2005 11:46:00 AM  

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