Home' Grower : July 2011 Contents The South Australian Grower -- July 2011
Fruit, Vegie Week
idea takes shape
By ASHLEY WALMSLEY
THE fresh produce industry is set to get its
own week aimed at boosting the Australian
and New Zealand public's consumption of
fruit and vegetables. The concept of a Fruit
and Vegetable Week was announced in
Brisbane at Fresh Connections 2011.
The Produce Marketing Association
Australian-New Zealand has committed
$100,000 towards the idea and has engaged
three creative agencies to develop a
potential structure for the event, planned to
run from November 14 to 20.
Chief executive officer Michael
Worthington described it as one week of the
year to get the whole community focused
on fruit and vegetable consumption, trying
to provide consumers with information and
tools about how to boost their intake.
Key wholesalers, retailers, health experts
and government departments have been
approached to gauge support.
"Wherever we've been, everyone has said
'great idea, we should do it, we love it'," Mr
"What we are trying to do here is to
inspire, enthuse and empower."
He said the concept would link with
ongoing campaigns, such as the Go for Two
and Five healthy eating slogan.
Mr Worthington made the announcement
following the address by guest speaker and
filmmaker Joe Cross, whose film Sick, Fat
and Nearly Dead, documents his journey
across America while consuming nothing
but homemade vegetable and fruit juices
for 60 days in order to improve his health.
A book was placed at the PMA A-NZ booth
within the Fresh Connections trade display
for delegates to write down ideas.
ISERIOUSLY seriously worry
about what the future holds
for my grandchildren.
No matter which way you look,
we seem to be moving backwards.
I have no understanding of the
coming carbon tax and being
one of our country's older citi-
zens, I really haven't got the
funds to make a contribution.
If I understood what the gov-
ernment is going to do with our
funds to improve the environ-
ment I would feel a lot better,
however, I am sure they don't
know and to make things worse,
they are about to start advertis-
ing the new tax before deciding
how it will work.
The government will soon
release a paper showing that
seven of Australia's top 10 trad-
ing partners have plans for emis-
sion trading or other climate
If carbon taxes are not applied
to agriculture, why would our
rural section face penalties for
The other thing that confuses
me is the contribution by nature
to the problem.
How could we ever come up
with enough money to balance
the amount of carbon that was
poured into the atmosphere by
the recent Chilean volcano?
I have always said we have a
natural carbon conversion sys-
tem in the form of trees.
Trees convert carbon into oxy-
gen and produce, as opposed to
taxes held in government coffers.
I noted a recent report on the
amount of horticultural produce
being imported into our country
and the massive annual increases.
Not only are we forcing our
major manufacturing companies
to move offshore, we are creat-
ing markets for overseas growers
at the expense of our own.
Our governments seem hell
bent on helping this situation by
lack of action in areas such as fair
and equal water allocation,
biosecurity, preventing overseas
countries from buying our food
producing land, sacrificing good
rural land to build housing, inef-
ficient marketing boards, reduc-
tions in research funding and
bowing to the World Trade
Organisation, just to name a few.
I would think these matters
need more attention than a
totally-disorganised, but politi-
cally popular carbon tax.
If we can't feed our future
generations, all the taxes in the
world are useless.
I am also really worried at the
failure of SA to stand up to
Victoria on the matter of water
We challenged them in court,
knowing they were ripping us
off, and walked away claiming
we had achieved some gains
when, in fact, they threw us out
with the bath water.
The new desalinisation plant will
certainly help relieve the water sit-
uation in Adelaide but we will still
need an adequate supply for our
horticulturists to sur vive.
Governments fail to remember
that they are elected to repre-
sent the people, not their own
interests. Growers are entitled
to support on a national and
State basis as are the families in
Adelaide who expect to be able
to buy good, clean produce
grown in Australia.
Where did the money come
from to fund this sham of a
Did it come from the Save the
Murray Fund, which is still
being added to our water bills
even though the river is in
I personally think it is time
that State Government issued an
accounting of income and
expenditure relating to the mil-
lions of dollars they have taken
from us with this tax.
It almost seems that my grand-
children will either be taxed to
death or star ved to death.
If they go to university they
will have to go to South East
Asia to get a job.
I guess there will always be
opportunities in the many tiers
of government being created!
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Australia has a natural carbon conversion system in the form of
trees. They convert carbon into oxygen and produce, as opposed to
taxes held in government coffers.
Support for R&D
CITRUS Australia has welcomed Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig's continued
support for government matching contributions to rural research and
development. Chief executive officer Judith Damiani said the government's
immediate preliminary response to the Productivity Commission's final report
on rural R&D corporations was very pleasing. "Australian citrus growers and
the Federal Government invest millions of dollars each year in critical
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