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To: the Prime Minister
Ban imported fruit and vegetables
Dear Prime Minister,
Please ban imported fruit and vegetables.
Coles, Woolworthes and now SPC are selling imported fruit and vegetables from around the world, undercutting local produce prices. Our farmers can produce enough food for all Australians but if we continue to import produce, Australia will not be able to feed itself within 8 years. In addition, imported produce has an incredibly high carbon footprint. Our farmers and our environment need protection and our children need fresh produce. Please make a stand -for all of us.
Why is this important?
Australian farmers are ploughing their perfectly good fruit and vegetables into the ground as they can't compete with imported products. Coles, Woolworthes and now SPC are selling imported fruit and vegetables from around the world. The only oranges available in Coles and Woolworthes are from USA!?
"Australia can produce enough raw produce to feed up to three times the population, so there is no logic for imports" (Braeden Lord, Aussie Farmers Direct)
"We grow enough food here to feed every Australian - we don't need imports." (NSW Farmers' Association vice-president and apple grower Peter Darley).
Whilst our farmers can produce enough food for all Australians, this is predicted to change rapidly if we don't make a stand now.
"Within three years - this country will be a net importer of food.You can use a separate set of figures and it's eight years. But whether it's three years or eight years, this country will not be able to feed itself." (Bob Katter, Australia Party MP)
In addition, imported produce has an incredibly high carbon footprint (with unsustainable farming practices, higher use of water and costs of freight) and doesn't adhere to our strict standards for locally grown produce. Our farmers and our environment need protection and we need fresh seasonal produce. Imported produce does not benefit one single Australian.
For more information please click on this link: http://www.farmerpower.com.au/Associated_issues.html