The Greens in Palerang

Greens’ food plan great news for local producers

The Australian Greens’ food plan announced today is great news for food producers in the region, says Greens candidate for Eden-Monaro Catherine Moore.

“Farmers’ markets and community gardens have been springing up across Eden-Monaro for years, in Bega, Moruya, Braidwood, Cooma and Queanbeyan, to name a few places.

“This is happening for a number of reasons, ranging from concern about where our food is coming from and what is going into its production in the way of chemicals to recognition of the need to reduce ‘food miles’.

“It is about time farmers received a fair price for the food they are producing, but with the current supermarket duopoly, many can barely scratch a living from the low prices they are being paid.”

The Greens plan would boost local food production with an $85 million dollar injection of funds so producers can set up or strengthen farmers markets, food box sales, farmers’ co-operatives, regional marketing and food hubs.

Regional food hubs allow small-scale farmers to store, package, pickle, juice and bottle their produce. By sharing the equipment with other food producers they can bring production costs down and improve their range of goods.

“Grant money could also be used to market a region for its products, such as we saw with the Oyster Coast branding that was launched earlier this year in Narooma.

“It doesn’t make sense on so many levels to import food when it can be grown here. Do we really need to be able to buy cherries from the US in the middle of the Australian winter? Seeing cherries on shelves used to mark the beginning of summer. Now they can be purchased all year.

“Meanwhile we have witnessed the tragedy of the bulldozing of orchards of heirloom fruit trees that have been supplying pears and other fruit for many years, and oranges trenched and buried because they can’t find a market here because of cheap imports.

“We need Fair Trade Agreements, not Free Trade Agreements.

“It is essential that we recognise the vital role farmers play in our economy and this initiative goes some way to ensure their long-term viability.

“As with all the policy initiatives The Greens have been announcing in the lead-up to the election, this proposal has been fully costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office.

“The Greens have calculated that $42.7 billion dollars in revenue could be raised with a .2% levy on bank assets over $100 billion, an end to fossil fuel subsidies, an effective mining tax and 50% tax on incomes over $1 million.”

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