Local vs. Imported food – Just what does it mean to Australia by Chantelle Rushton
Chantelle RushtonCaroline Chisholm College
Hi there! My name is Chantelle. I am a student in Year 10 I live in Western studying Agriculture. Sydney – an urban I chose Agriculture as an area fringed by farms elective because I was growing fresh food for interested in food production the people of Sydney and natural resource managementAgriculture is important to my region, but it is under growing pressure from urban development andcompetition from cheaper imported foods
I was lucky to be part of The Archibull Project at my School, where we use ART tocommunicate TECHNICAL concepts about issues affecting Agriculture in my region by painting on fibreglass calf “canvases”. Through ARCHIBULL I was able to draw from my experience and put my ideas and thoughts together and discover what local versus imported food means to Australia ! I represent CONNECTED farming and SUSTAINABLE Resource management!
Here’s myQuestion… By Chantelle Rushton Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore Park, NSW
REASONS FOR IMPORTING FOOD: A BIGGER VARIETY OFPRODUCTS and it sometimes COSTS LESS COMPARED TO BUYING LOCAL PRODUCTS!
SUPPORTINGLOCAL FARMERSmeans JOBS and FRESH FOOD! PRESERVING RURAL FARMLAND AND PREVENTING URBAN SPRAWL ! It’s also important to have wide open spaces and CONNECT with the natural world!
Apart from minimizing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions when transporting goods from the crop to the table… …FOOD TASTES BETTER AS IT HASN’T HAD TO TRAVEL AS MANY “FOOD MILES”AND SUPPORTING LOCALFARMERS MEANSSUPPORTINGTHE WHOLE ECONOMY!
WHAT ARE FOOD MILES?“Food miles” means thedistance that food hastravelled from the time of itsproduction… … to the time it reaches the consumer.
POSSIBLE CONTAMINATION fromunknown farming & storage practices… …and a LOSS OF NUTRITIONAL VALUE of fruit and vegetables Ref:http://www.abare.gov.au/publications_html/crops/crops_09/foodmiles.pdf
LET’S FACE IT, BYIMPORTING FOOD WE ARE NOT SUPPORTING LOCAL FARMERS OR OUR ECONOMY !We could have just as much choice of product with better investment in local enterprises!
FOR FOOD ALLOWED TO BE PASSED INTO THE COUNTRY IT HASTO PASS STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS SET BY THEIMPORTED FOOD CONTROL ACT 1992 WITHOUT THESE STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS WE COULD BE BRINGING IN SERIOUS HEALTH RISKS OR HAZARDS TO OUR COMMUNITIES AND ENVIRONMENT. Ref:http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/import/food
And there’s the conceptof “CARBON EMISSIONS”The NSW Government has Advertisements showing Carbon emissions as black balloons coming out of the machines we use that use up energy from fossil fuels……Agriculture has been shown to release lots of such GREENHOUSE GASES
CARBON EMISSIONS http://www.globalwarmingisreal.com/2009/ 02/11/carbon-debt-explained/CAN COME FROM Carbon Balloon Ad (Your CarbonDECAYING PLANTS AND Contribution) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZLDPESOIL Qzlck BUT IT COULD BE CO2 ENTERS DECADES PLANTS THROUGH BEFORE the DEBT PHOTOSYNTHESIS IS REPAID. WHEN WE USE CORNAS PLANTS GROW ETHANOL AS PETROLthey STORE CARBON WE REPAY THE DEBTIN ROOTS as ‘CARBON CREDIT’ CARBON STORED AS WHEN PLANTS ORGANIC MATERIAL IS DECOMPOSE the CARBON RELEASED INTO REMAINS in a ‘CARBON AMTOSPHERE AS CO2 , BANK’ in soil the ‘CARBON DEBT’
Conflict between water users – URBAN versus RURAL versus RECREATIONAL …Canthe SAME policy be used for all areas? If there is INCREASED The fact is there are PRICING FOR DIFFERENT WATER IRRIGATION, SUPPLY AND COSTS then there is depending on the NO PROFIT FORdifferent areas and uses! FARMERS !
ONE SOLUTION COMES FROM A MOVEMENT CALLED GOOD, CLEAN, FAIR FOODWhich means consumers take the time to find out aboutlocal produce, buy it, and use it to prepare home-cookedmeals (instead of fast-food) Ref: http://www.slowfoodaustralia.com.au
PROMOTING wholesome FOOD WORKING TOGETHER TO MARKET locally produced FOODWORKING WITH SCHOOLCOMMUNITIES TO MAKEKITCHEN GARDENS.
Another solution comes by STRENGTHENINGAUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURAL STANDARDS Develop food standards to ensure industry and trade interests are considered ! CONSUMERS can TRUST that Australian Products are the best on the market! Ref: http://www.daff.gov.au/agriculture-food/food/ifsi
http://www.woolworths.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/Website/Woolworths/Community/04Sustainability/#SustainableSupermarkets •Low flow taps for all sinks and taps •Having calico bags instead of plastic bags Big companies are designing SOLUTIONS and INTIATIVES to MAKE FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
So, what does“Australian grown and produced” mean to Australians?
Buying Australian Grown is good for all Australians. It creates jobs, booststhe economy and improves our standard of living.Buying Australian Grown also means getting fresh produce that has beengrown and processed to high Australian standards.The Australian Grown brand is an easy way for consumers to identifyproduce that is Australian.The famous green and gold logo is a guarantee thatthe product carrying the logo is Australian. Only products which meet the criteria set out in the Australian Made, Australian Grown Code of Practice can qualify to carry the logo. Research released by Roy Morgan (2006 -2010) clearly shows that Australian consumers want to buy Australian and that more than two thirds consciously do so whenever possible. [ http://www.australianmade.com.au/research ]
So Australian Farmers should actively promote their produce as being locally grown…the consumers want to know about it …let’s make it easier for people to show how much they value“HOME-GROWN” products by supporting local farmers!
Thanks to all the teachers,students, farmers,and promoters of Agriculture in Australia…you enrich all of us with food, fibre and shelter!
WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE SPONSORS OF THE 2010 CREAM OF THE CROP COMPETITIONPLATINUM GOLD SILVER BRONZE