I'd love to see some stats about historical household budgets - what % of income was spent on food 50 years ago versus luxury goods... I'm sure it's significantly different now. While cheap imports are available, I am not sure how to increase prices for the consumer. Think how much land fill could be saved if we reversed current trends.
As an audience member at last week's presentation, and ignoring the current topic as I agree with everyone's feedback, I would like to congratulate David Farley on an excellent presentation - it was fabulous - discussed some of the great technology that AACo use in their operation and the importance that they place on their staff including OH&S. I could listen to him all over again.
I can see cattle and sheep grazing in those community gardens as we speak! I totally agree with "Cynical Farmer". The international market is not an even playing field and we need to look after our farmers.
Remind me again - what is it that the current government wants to impose on us? How does this compare with what has been passed in the US?
I can't express my thoughts any clearer than Trugger, Wrong Wong, Loc Hey, Ian Mott and Kevin Rude. I think "ditto" covers it.
Giving with one hand, taking with the other. The current government takes us into scary territory.
Loyalty to current programs that are working well and more focus on spending that will provide long term benefits (infrastructure, etc) would be welcome.
When there is an alternative to keeping hens in unnatural, restrictive conditions, which appear to be quite barbaric, then the alternative should be taken. Eggs are a convenient, versatile and cheap source of protein. Free range eggs are generally available for less than $6 per dozen which is more than cage eggs but still a bargain.
As a livestock producer, who receives some of GRDCs publications, I would say, don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. GRDC manages some great initiatives like NVT trial sites and provides what appear to be excellent updates to growers. I do note that all research projects aren't managed optimally, so potential room for improvement. Has the question been asked "how much production would we lose without GRDC?" I think this is a question worth considering alongside the question posed about how much benefit GRDC provides.
Unbelievable story - I can't imagine anyone buying flowers that had been dipped in roundup (ie imports) if they knew. I think we all like to minimise chemical use and exposure to chemicals when possible (though it seems chemicals are everywhere and to stop breathing is self defeating). Nice Valentine's Day gift - a bunch of roses with a hint of carcinogen. Maybe the flower growers could introduce labelling - Australian Grown or similar. Most of us would not think that flowers are imported. (I would suggest that imported flowers should be labelled as such but I'm sure that would be less likely to happen.)