Time To Fight Back

It started with milk, then bread. Predictably the battle then spread to produce, with the fruit war making headlines daily. Owl and I were becoming increasingly uncomfortable and wary of these so-called ‘great savings’ which may be great in the short term, but will no doubt ultimately cause endless grief once all competition has been wiped out and mass market monopoly rears it’s ugly head.

Besides the fear of jacked up prices, there is also the fear of Aussie farmers throwing in the trovels and calling it a day for better pay in other industries. If we set prices of commodities by the amount we earn and spend, how can we expect farmers to survive on losses and minimal wages for the sake of our own greed? We would rather buy an iPad than think twice about whether our grocery savings are driving farmers out of work. We feel good about buying fair trade items from Oxfam but forget about doing the right thing by our own countrymen.

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from Little Eco Footprints

It is time to fight back. I was going to write a whole article about this but I think this blog does it so well that I’m just going to redirect you to it (I hope you don’t mind, Tricia!). I urge you to please think about the future of produce supply in Australia and to make an educated choice when you make your grocery run. I’m not talking about buying organic, GM-free, free range etc (even though they are good too). I’m talking about Australians supporting Australians and doing justice to generations of farmers choosing to feed you as a profession. I hope you understand that it is no less noble than a doctor saving your life, or a teacher educating your kids, or a social worker caring for the needy.

A website not linked on Tricia’s site is the Aussie Farmers Direct. Don’t forget also that the Pyrmont Grower’s Markets are on this Saturday (4 Feb 2012) from 7-11am and are on every first Saturday of the month. Might see you on Saturday if you go  😉

A list of places to be and things to see…

Ant and I felt we should post the things we wanted to do and the places we wanted to go see.  We’re hoping to be able to write about them and post thoughts on our experiences. So here is a list of things we’d like to do and places we’d like to see (in no particular order):

  1. Visit Upper Crust in Collaroy
  2. Try Ben &  Jerry’s in Manly
  3. Go have a St Patrick’s Day breakfast/lunch
  4. Go skiing somewhere
  5. Try rockclimbing
  6. Go to trivia night somewhere
  7. Make Manakeesh
  8. Go to El Bulli in Spain – It’s closed now!
  9. Visit Adriano Zumbo
  10. Swim in the Great Barrier Reef
  11. Take the Ghan across Australia
  12. Drive the Great Ocean Road
  13. Eat at least three different types of ribs in the US
  14. Restore a 1984 Japanese Squier
  15. View Wildlife Photographer of the Year each year
  16. Watch Avatar
  17. Buy a Dyson vacuum
  18. Get a cat

We’ll cross them off as we do them and add more as we think of them – any suggestions are welcome!

Last updated 27/1/15