Supermarkets claim that it is necessary to source products from overseas to cut costs.
This week on our Meeting Place Seggie has expressed surprise at buying a bag of frozen vegetables only to discover afterwards that not all ingredients have been grown in Australia. Surely it can’t be cheaper to import vegetables than to pay Australian farmers a fair price?
I like to think that I’m a savvy shopper, understanding the damage buying overseas products can do to framers and food producers in this country. But as with most people, sometimes I’m in too much of a rush to read the fine print on each and every piece of packaging. On occasion I am guilty of assuming that if I buy a shop brand product from an Australian retailer, then I am buying an Australian product. How wrong can I be?
Many fresh products such as fruit, vegetables and meat are clearly marked with their country of origin, but what about the processed foods such as bread, canned goods and of course, frozen vegetables? Where does the flour come from which is used in the bread? What is the origin of the ingredients in canned beans? And are all frozen vegetables grown and frozen locally? Who would know, unless you spend hours reading the small print and even then, I’m not sure you’d be any clearer.
Supermarkets claim that it is necessary to source products from overseas to keep down costs and provide the variety required to please the customers. With food prices on the increase, balancing a budget for the average household is of utmost importance. But wouldn’t it be nice to have a clear understanding of where goods came from, so you could make an informed choice on how you spend your hard earned cash?
Do you know of any products which are the thought to be Australian, but they actually originate overseas? Would you pay more for Australian produce? Can you recommend any products which are 100 per cent Australian?
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