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Local food players call for a fair food system

February 7, 2012

Local food enterprises Food Connect (Brisbane, Sydney) and CERES Fair Food (Melbourne) have joined with Australian farming and agriculture groups to call on the ACCC to break up Australia’s supermarket duopoly to ensure a more sustainable, fair food future. For too long the market dominance of Australian supermarkets has meant increased pressure on farmers to provide cheap fruit and vegetables. The result is a mass exodus of farming families walking off the land at the rate of 25 per week. Read More »

Cut-throat milk war points to bleak future for fruit and veg growers

February 7, 2012

The Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation (QDO) has slammed the Federal Government’s responses to the Senate Economics References Committee’s 2011 final report of the Inquiry into the impacts of supermarket price decisions on the dairy industry and Milking it for all it’s worth – competition and pricing in the Australian dairy industry as being pathetic. QDO President Brian Tessmann said that after more than 2 years of Senate Inquiries and clear evidence of mounting impacts on dairy farmers, the Federal Government is yet again avoiding the disaster, ducking for cover and taking no real action. Read More »

Coles fruit and veg price cuts are a win for consumers but a question mark for growers

January 31, 2012

Coles supermarkets announcement that prices on some vegetable produce lines would be discounted by up to 50% has been labelled ‘concerning’ by vegetable industry body, AUSVEG. While some vegetable growers stand to benefit from the significant discounting by Coles, AUSVEG is asking the question of where these savings are coming from, and what effect this scheme will have on the greater viability of the industry. Read More »

US Greenhouse vegetable demand strong going into 2012

January 25, 2012

Due to a number of factors, including consistency of supply and increasing consumer awareness, greenhouse vegetables have enjoyed a steady gain in popularity. Going into the first half of 2012, FreshPlaza marketplace news reports greenhouse vegetable growers are optimistic about the new year. Doug Kling, Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer for Village Farms, notes that they forecast good demand for greenhouse vegetables in 2012. Read More »

Throw a vegie on the barbie

January 24, 2012

The Peak Industry Body representing Australia’s vegetable growers is reminding Australians not to give veggies the chop on Australia Day, with the community being urged to throw some locally grown vegetables onto their barbeques this Thursday. Read More »

Healthy Weight Week

January 23, 2012

This week is Australia’s Healthy Weight Week and AUSVEG is getting behind the initiative which aims to raise awareness about the importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. Read More »

Hydroponic fodder system

January 19, 2012

An Australian-designed hydroponic fodder production system, first-innovated by Victorian Peter Doyle, recently featured on UK television to a viewing audience of 9 million people. Adam Henson and the Countryfile team visited Howard Campion at H2O Farm. The system has an intensive 7-day cycle using the combination of a highly controlled environment with a specific nutrient formula to maximise fodder growth. See more at: