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Adelaide consumers continue to buy fat and cholestral-free potatoes, such as
these being displayed by Hamish Baird at House Of Organics in Central Market.
against new guidelines
which are high in saturated fat.
"In a day and age where
getting people to eat fresh
vegetables is a mammoth task,
the last thing we should be
doing is sending mixed
messages about the health
benefits of consuming
vegetables," Miss Burger said.
The proposed revision, Point
2.2.6 under the heading
Practical Considerations, reads:
"To meet the recommended
food group intakes, most adults
should increase their total
consumption of vegetables by
more than 30 per cent."
The National Farmers'
Federation was less scathing of
the draft guidelines, choosing
instead to praise the NHMRC
for removing the criteria of
environmental sustainability from
the dietary guidelines released.
NFF President Jock Laurie
said the removal of the
criteria from the guidelines was
a win for commonsense.
"We support healthy eating
and the development of dietary
guidelines, as long as they are
based on nutrition and diet
needs or health concerns, not
sustainability," Mr Laurie said.
sustainability is obviously critically
important to farmers and to
agriculture, we don't believe it is
the right criteria on which to
base decisions about what we eat.
"There are already many
guidelines that determine the
best way for agriculture to
produce food for the future.
The initial version of the
guidelines released earlier this
year capped the recommended
consumption levels of certain
produce such as red meat, pork,
fish and dair y on their
perceived lack of environmental
"Importantly, our farmers will
continue to grow world leading
produce, renowned for being
fresh, affordable and disease
free, so that consumers can
make the choices that are right
for them and their families,"
Mr Laurie said.
CEO of the National Health
and Medical Research Council,
War wick Anderson, said the
guidelines were grounded in
good health outcomes, a strong
evidence base and extensive
Consultation on the draft
Australian Dietary Guidelines,
incorporating the Australian
Guide to Healthy Eating, closes
on February 29.
barely offset costs
By TIM O'CONNOR
BALLARAT potato grower Dominic Prendergast says
recent contract negotiations with McCain Foods have
left potato farmers in the region struggling, despite a
$15 a tonne price increase.
The company offered Ballarat growers a price of
$315/t in April this year, after a lengthy dispute over the
2010-2011 prices ended in March.
But Mr Prendergast claims the new price has barely
managed to offset rising fuel and fertiliser costs.
"We negotiated what we thought was a fair price at
the time," he said. "But since then it's just been eaten
up by the fuel prices."
Mr Prendergast said local potato farmers would be
pushing for another price increase when their contract
with McCain comes up for renewal in March next year.
He said McCain had not organised their inventory
properly, and had a shortage of potatoes.
"They have basically no inventory and they've used up
all their stocks of potatoes," Mr Prendergast said.
"They claimed they had a huge inventory and then
suddenly they were out of potatoes.
"Hopefully this means we can work with their
company and get a good result that's good for them and
for all the growers in the region."
Mr Prendergast said while the negotiations did not
have a direct impact on the price of potatoes for
consumers locally, it set a precedent for other contract
"It does have an effect on other contracts and things
like that," he said.
"It sets a benchmark for any negotiations we do in the
Dominic Prendergast says a price increase was
not enough to protect growers.
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