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    Cotton farming.

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    Cotton goes pink to bring more breast cancer care nurses to regional and rural communities - ABC Rural - ABC News

    Whist I empathise with breast cancer sufferers, the cotton industry cant disguise the fact that it should not exist in Australia, particularly not in in the Riverina area of NSW where it irrigates from the Murray/Darling system, uses enormous amounts of our precious water resources, all at the expense of water users further downstream.

    Wrapping the bales in pink may make the farmers feel good, however it it doesn't alter the fact that it's an industry that should not exist in it's present form in the Murray Darling Basin.
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    Cotton farming.

    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Cotton goes pink to bring more breast cancer care nurses to regional and rural communities - ABC Rural - ABC News

    Whist I empathise with breast cancer sufferers, the cotton industry cant disguise the fact that it should not exist in Australia, particularly not in in the Riverina area of NSW where it irrigates from the Murray/Darling system, uses enormous amounts of our precious water resources, all at the expense of water users further downstream.

    Wrapping the bales in pink may make the farmers feel good, however it it doesn't alter the fact that it's an industry that should not exist in it's present form in the Murray Darling Basin.
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    It may do a lot More than make the Farmers feel good. When my wife went through breast cancer at 36 the specialist nurse from the McGrath foundation was a saving grace. Someone that the normal hospital scene didnít have and didnít have time for.

    Your often controversial Yelta and sometimes I think itís more for the sake of it than any real reason. Normally it doesnít bother me but This is a shit comment and I consider it very poor form.
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    I partially agree with Yelta. Cotton production at the scale that it's done in Australia currently is not appropriate for our long term sustainability. We export a lot of cotton. We are in the top 10 countries for production at about 25 millions tonnes per year. However we should be producing cotton for our domestic market even though it does take a fair bit of water, rather than importing cotton for clothing and other products. The alternative is nylon T-shirts, bed sheets, jeans etc which are manufactured in a factory using ethylene or other petro chemicals. Cotton is so much nicer than nylon. The farming area for cotton needs to be large, flat, near silos, rail, and a population for workers and have water.

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    Australian cotton is regarded as some of the best in the world and is a huge industry for rural NSW. Could the process be more sustainable? Absolutely and we should do all we can to make the process more environmentally friendly and economically stable. But why disadvantage farmers and rural dwellers for the sake of it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukemc View Post
    It may do a lot More than make the Farmers feel good. When my wife went through breast cancer at 36 the specialist nurse from the McGrath foundation was a saving grace. Someone that the normal hospital scene didnít have and didnít have time for.

    Your often controversial Yelta and sometimes I think itís more for the sake of it than any real reason. Normally it doesnít bother me but This is a shit comment and I consider it very poor form.
    Evening Luke.

    My wife is currently faced with a similar situation, so well understand the feelings you express.

    If offence has been taken I apologise; it
    certainly was not my intention to offend you or anyone else reading this thread.

    The point of my post was to underline the fact that irrigated cotton farming, in my opinion, should not be taking place in the Riverina Catchment Area, at the expense of domestic water users further downstream.
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    Cotton farming.

    I didnít take offence at the farming post at all.

    Just the comment about the pink wrap making the Farmers feel better. They may have been touched by the disease. I know my local farmer who uses the pink wrap for his fodder has. He lost his dear Mum to the disease.

    Raising money is a tough gig and I donít think anyone should take for granted people who raise money for charities regardless of what you think of their day jobs.

    I feel tremendously for you and your wife. No one should have to go through it. I hope all goes well and there is a happy ending for you guys.
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