Cheap Imports push Australian Growers to the Wall.


It is again disappointing to see fresh Australian Navel oranges tipped out on the ground as it is regarded as too expensive to process as orange concentrate can be sourced cheaper from South America.

Like the tide of cheap low grade olive oil flooding in from overseas, this has seen a plethora of imported brands displacing local suppliers on supermarket shelves. This will eventually mean that the Australian consumer could in the future be relying totally on foreign imports of food for some of their core shopping items if this trend is to continue.

The other effect is that food production control will be concentrated in large corporations managing huge areas of monoculture where the bottom line becomes the bench mark.

Fighting back just means selecting product from small dedicated local growers and alternate suppliers some of the time to buck this trend before it is too late.

Cristy Houghton