Letters to the editor
Alison Parr [letters, Express, December 21] wrote "Grant Rosewarne, of King Salmon, may be doing a good job of convincing himself that he is clever and that his media spin is converting us, but he is only one". No, he has convinced me. So that is two.
She goes on "How stupid does he think the people here are?"
I must be one of the stupid ones, because I think he and his company have presented a very fact-based presentation for the development of King Salmon in the Marlborough Sounds.
I enjoy the product and I look forward to the company's future development.
Alison Parr reminds me of the anti brigade that surfaced when grapes started to be planted in Marlborough.
Look what the grape industry has done for the province. The economic returns, employment, beauty, tourism, ecology and general enjoyment of life, etc.
The King Salmon industry has the same potential.
It is a fundamental truth that man, to survive, must produce what he needs. He is not an animal.
This production requires man to change the environment. Even the simplest of cultures sometimes drastically changed the environment. Man now has the knowledge to work with nature to reduce the environmental degradation. It is not in King Salmon's interest to degrade the environment to the level that has been emotionally claimed.
King Salmon will change the environment in which it farms, but the EPA has correctly ruled that the change in the environment will not be significant.
That is all that can be expected.
My choice of the generous seafood platter on Christmas Day was the smoked, sliced salmon. All the treats, including the lobster, bugs, shrimps and rock oysters, had been carefully preserved. But, unlike the cold smoking of the salmon that had not only preserved but enhanced the taste, the rest had all been kept in the freezer, and had therefore, at least subtly, lost their appeal.
Perhaps this was like mothers competing against daughters on the catwalk.
Perhaps, too, this was a victory for farming aquatic - omega 3 - animals. But we are not seriously doing this, at least not in ponds on land, and with other omega 3 species such as mullet and eels.
There is, through history, plenty of elated enthusiasm for the cuisine of these two species. There is also plenty of modern science that endorses an omega 3 diet.
If farming these two species in ponds, on land, was part of our culture, the following would be different.
1. Rates of obesity and heart disease.
2. Employment in the hinterland.
3. Export revenue.
4. Export portfolio.
5. Unit size for land to generate adequate income.
6. Impact on the environment.
7. Use of non-renewable resources.
You would think, therefore, that in proud, clean green New Zealand, that we would be making lots of noise towards making this happen.
Short time here
Taupo and Auckland eruptions. Alps and Australian earthquakes. Rising seas, US exploding, war and a pole shift for planet Earth.
Should we worry about such events? Probably not.
During our short time on Earth, it must be eternity that requires the most consideration. After all, who knows how many days they have.
Death need not cause fear, although before its certain occurrence is when we must have decided if we will ask for God's forgiveness and free gift of salvation. Being a sinner is the prerequisite for becoming a Christian so everyone qualifies.
God tells us (2 Peter 3:9) that he does not want anyone to perish but for everyone to come to repentance. Admitting our sinfulness and asking for the promised total forgiveness that Jesus made possible must be a required step in accepting Jesus as Lord and saviour.
As God already knows everything that has ever happened, we will not shock him. Mary Magdalene loved much because she was forgiven much.
You can pray in your own words to invite Jesus in to your life as it is a heart decision that he will respond to.
Seek the Lord while he may be found before his soon return.
- The Marlborough Express