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Monday, June 24, 2013

there goes another one....

A couple of hours ago I watched Today Tonight and saw yet another orchard farmer bulldozing his trees and burning them.
He's lost heart.
And money.
He simply can't compete with the cheap imports.
The ones that come from countries that don't have the same regulations as we do, so who knows what is on that fruit and veg?
How are they grown?
What are they fertilised with?
Are they safe?
Seems our government just doesn't care.

8 comments:

  1. I don't know if this is true or it just appears so.... but the 2 health-food stores in town are crowded always, in spite of the fact that produce/food is more expensive. I just recently had that discussion with someone that it seems as if people prefer organic food. (?)

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  2. Personally I don't think our government cares about any of us one little bit. They are too engrossed in their own petty squabbles to give a damn.
    I was buying frozen blueberries until I found out where they came from. Nobody can be trusted these days, including our politicians.
    A chap I worked with had neighbours from a foreign country. One day when he was up repairing his roof he looked across to see them emptying out their septic tank and putting the contents on their vegetable garden. That gives you an idea of what we can expect from fruit and veg from foreign parts and no, I am not racist but would like to keep my health as good as I can.

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  3. This doesn't make sense. I live in the breadbasket of the world and am eating applies from Australia. Someone is growing them, hopefully in Australia.

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  4. So sad. This is happening all over the world.

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  5. It is sad and bad, but we are at least partly to blame. While we insist on having fruit out of season and continue to buy food which is brought in from overseas it will continue to happen.

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  6. It is sad, and so much for the National Party that is supposed to represent farmers and graziers. They are more interested in big miners.

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  7. Manzanita; there's nothing organic about the cheap imports flooding our supermarkets. If you read Mimsie's comment below yours, you'll see why I worry.

    Mimsie; I have read about how the Chinese fertilise their crops and always read labels when buying packaged foods to make sure they're not from China. But many things come from other places and we can't be sure how they are grown either. For fresh fruit and veg I look for signs that say Australian grown or South Australian grown. I'm going to buy pots and hunt out my old seeds, see what I can grow myself. I have a range of veggie seeds that should do okay in pots. I have no space, but I'll stand the pots in the garden and hope for the best.

    Joanne Noragon; this was a soft fruits orchard, peaches mostly. Apparently our government prefers us to eat canned peaches from Hungary or Thailand or some such place instead of our own home grown excellent fruit.

    jabblog; yes it is. Even sadder that our very best produce goes to other countries, with the second and third rate stuff left for our shops. How can first rate stuff possibly be still first rate when it has travelled so far?

    Elephant's Child; I agree with that. If we would stick to eating what is in season, we'd be better off. The trouble now of course is that so much is able to be grown out of season or brought in from afar, no one knows what grows in what season anymore. and people love things like strawberries for instance, so when they are out of season here and supplies are brought in from California, shoppers go "oooh!" and snap them up. Not me.

    Andrew; and the products from the mining go where? overseas of course. To be made into cheap stuff that then floods our import docks.

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  8. What a complete tragedy! I only wish I could grow fruit here! Apples, yes. And some cherries. But to bulldoze a peach tree? Oh, it makes me sick!

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