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The True Cost of Farming.

Discussion in 'Lounge Area' started by Murray, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. Murray

    Murray Site Admin Staff Member

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    There is a fair bit of discussion about imported foods here in Australia at the moment. There has been two incidents.
    1. Contaminated berries imported from China resulting in multiple cases of Hepatitis "A"
    2. Contaminated canned tuna from Thailand resulting in several cases of mild to medium food poisoning.

    So...we (the population at large) wants cheap food. What direction do we go in. Lack of regulation in many underdeveloped and emerging nations makes their food products low cost compared to locally produced food.

    But the cost should actually be much higher.

    Read this short article and make comment here please. How do you see the solution.

    The true cost of farming.
     
  2. adz

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    Tax. But Tony would just come in and put us back another 10 years.
     
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    The solution, in my opinion is something that would be considered (radical greeny) and not economically sound in our robotic economic programing. Or it is alien to most of the majority. It should be as common as Math, language and using your iPhone!
    We have lost touch with getting our hands dirty, as in gardening itself. Every single person should have their hands in gardening.
    To at least get a respect for the organics that actually created us and the centuries of gardening of our Ancestors that lead to
    all of the wonderful varieties of fruit/vegies/livestock etc. Evolutionary achievement done all over the world by different people
    over centuries that was all done Organically.
    And we are on the cusp of losing it.
     
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    Everybody should read Joel Salatin's "Folks, This Ain't Normal" and grow food in either their own land or guerilla style.
    Patronizing local farmers is also another good option.
    Buying local, supporting growers, and producing as much as we can.
    It is the small/local producers who will solve the population's hunger problems.
     
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    Unfortunately tax has a blowback effect. You tax me I tax you. Moreover, the counter response to a tax maybe more aggressive.
     
  6. Murray

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    Yes, totally agree. Everyone should at the very least have a small regular garden.
     

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