Food Insecurity ? – A Growers Perspective
|The supply of cheap nutritious vegetables is not a problem
- In the June 08 quarter, vegetable prices fell but input costs such as fertilizer, fuel and water, continue to skyrocket.
- Vegetable growers trade in a ‘free market’ where the market price is sometimes below the cost of production.
- Vegetable growers are squeezed between powerful retailers and a consolidated farm supply sector.
The challenge … to increase vegetable consumption
- High value locally grown vegetables are readily available all year
- There is not a problem on the supply side … we need to increase consumer demand for heathy food
- Despite the ‘Go for Five‘ promotion, the message is not getting through to consumers, especially the disadvantaged
- Vegetables are not ‘sexy’
- Health authorities need to work closely with the vegetable industry to promote cultural change in order to tackle the problem of growing obesity and declining community health
Source: Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Vegetable Industry Economist
Industry Data Economic Analysis
“Learning from the Field Forum”
Health Benefits of Fresh Vegetables
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