Australia's tomato industry - boom or bust?

Feb 23, 2012 Full story: ABC News 30

The collapse of large tomato grower and processor SP Exports has shaken the community of Childers in Queensland, as has the withdrawl of Heinz from Victoria's Girgarre factory.

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#26 Feb 24, 2012
Palawa wrote:
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Excellent way to go, if everyone did that, supermarkets would go out of business and people would again know what and from where they were getting ti from
What makes me laugh is people think buying organic food in the cites is fine when that food has been driven along heavily polluted highways and is contaminated by the time it gets sold and old.
The first farmers market was interesting, I think the farmers felt there would not be much of a response, as it was there were more customers than produce/variety of produce available; now it has really grown and there are several markets in the area, more than fruit and vegetables - also organic breads, oils, honey, free-range eggs etc. The demand is there for quality produce over supermarket produce - particularly interesting because in this area the persistence of fast-food outlets is more than notable - with all the information available, I can't believe that parents would take their children into these places and allow them to eat that disgusting poisonous material.

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#27 Feb 24, 2012
sairla wrote:
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That's interesting, I have never converted to gas and have always been skeptical about it's use, likewise micro-wave ovens, I think I am the only person I know here who doesn't have one - I also won't walk around that section of K-mar/target where the shoes and bags are displayed - the smell from those synthetic items is overpowering.
I have never had a microwave and we don't use them in our venues, nor do I go into supermarkets as I can't stand the smells and massive amounts of EMF's that saturate the places. N wonder everyones going cuckoo, They are bombarded constantly with toxic fumes, heavy pollution and EMF's, urban life is pretty good if that's what you like and it seems lots of clones love it.

Using gas gives off lots of carbon monoxide and some other toxic gases, not sure what they are but they are very dangerous.

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Since: Jun 08

WhereTFamI?

#28 Feb 24, 2012
FNQsteve wrote:
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10 confirmed cases nationwide in 2010 - 4 in QLD. So a very rare cancer.
Townsville hospital is a catchment for a very large area. The cases could be of people from Mt Isa where they have numerous cancer & lead poisoning problems at present. But it is supposedly linked to fluoride. The water in taps around here is shocking. At lest 2 or 3 days a month it looks like weak tea. I don't know why. Small Town of Brandon regularly gets mud through its taps. I hate to think whats in the water up here. You can actually smell the chlorine in the water at times. Wonder why we are also the biggest buyers of bottled water?
I don't believe 'official' Stats anymore, there are too many cover-ups of the true numbers.

Had a friend who lived in T'ville who was diagnosed with osteo-sarcoma years ago. His doctor told him that he diagnoses OC on an average of one case a month (majority in young males) in Townsville... and that's a hell of a lot more than "10 confirmed cases nationwide eh. The Doctor blames Fluoride.

Can smell Chlorine in the water here too, really strong. I don't ever drink it.

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Since: Feb 12

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#29 Feb 25, 2012
Gottaliv wrote:
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I don't believe 'official' Stats anymore, there are too many cover-ups of the true numbers.
Had a friend who lived in T'ville who was diagnosed with osteo-sarcoma years ago. His doctor told him that he diagnoses OC on an average of one case a month (majority in young males) in Townsville... and that's a hell of a lot more than "10 confirmed cases nationwide eh. The Doctor blames Fluoride.
Can smell Chlorine in the water here too, really strong. I don't ever drink it.
We don't drink tap water with fluoride since i learnt that a lot of cities use hydrofluoride acid which is derived from phosphates. Plus having lived in some very remote parts of Australia tapped into fresh sweet underground springs & rainwater - i cant stomach the taste of town water. I can barely stand the smell showering somedays.

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#30 Feb 25, 2012
sairla wrote:
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The first farmers market was interesting, I think the farmers felt there would not be much of a response, as it was there were more customers than produce/variety of produce available; now it has really grown and there are several markets in the area, more than fruit and vegetables - also organic breads, oils, honey, free-range eggs etc. The demand is there for quality produce over supermarket produce - particularly interesting because in this area the persistence of fast-food outlets is more than notable - with all the information available, I can't believe that parents would take their children into these places and allow them to eat that disgusting poisonous material.
Sadly it comes down to time - parents not wanting to cook & spend as little time as possible getting food & price - or people perception of price. They don't count the time sitting on their @ss driving to get fast food as time. Supermarkets are not cheap - coles & woolies are pulling a great big con job.
I bake all our bread products - not only for taste but save $$$. Costs about 40c to bake a loaf of bread. & fresh hot bread drizzled with natural wild bee honey is my vice (that & a glenfiddik once in a while).

apols if a little rabbling tonight - its a glenfiddik night - birthday celebration :D

Since: Jan 12

Where The Wild Things Grow

#31 Feb 25, 2012
FNQsteve wrote:
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Sadly it comes down to time - parents not wanting to cook & spend as little time as possible getting food & price - or people perception of price. They don't count the time sitting on their @ss driving to get fast food as time. Supermarkets are not cheap - coles & woolies are pulling a great big con job.
I bake all our bread products - not only for taste but save $$$. Costs about 40c to bake a loaf of bread. & fresh hot bread drizzled with natural wild bee honey is my vice (that & a glenfiddik once in a while).
apols if a little rabbling tonight - its a glenfiddik night - birthday celebration :D
Yes, our lives have become 'faster' but the quality is missing - actually eating healthier is not more expensive in terms of value - I really just don't know how parents can knowingly feed their children that appalling artificially produced substitute for food - enjoy your celebration and the Glenfiddik :)

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Since: May 10

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#32 Feb 25, 2012
Palawa wrote:
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To begin with IGA is not independent, but a little known subsidiary of Woolworths. Lots of produce is flown into the country every day, including tomato's, then packed in Aus and classed as produced in Aus because it was packed here. Fools get conned every day because they believe the lies of their corporate masters
Hydroponics use huge amounts of artificial fertilisers and chemicals to control contamination and fungal growth.
Any one with half a brain would either grow their own food, or source if from local growers, city droobs are stuck with eating polluted contaminated shit as they are to lazy and selfish to look for good food.
I wonder why they aren't glasshouse organic,I studied this at school in the early seventy's and it's pretty good and cheap so the mob going broke can follow this procedure for they have the soil for it

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#33 Feb 25, 2012
Neville Thompson wrote:
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I wonder why they aren't glasshouse organic,I studied this at school in the early seventy's and it's pretty good and cheap so the mob going broke can follow this procedure for they have the soil for it
You might be interested in this, note what is used for better production.:)

"Since 1990 British growers have reduced annual energy use by more than half 50% for each kilo of tomatoes of the same type produced.

During this period the majority of the production area was converted to use natural gas for glasshouse heating, resulting in less of the sulphur emissions which would come from burning oil or coal. Carbon dioxide can also be extracted from the clean exhaust gases when burning gas, to enrich the glasshouse atmosphere with CO2. This gives big production benefits as well as further reducing CO2 emissions.

Tomato crops are also being heated by surplus energy from industrial processes, which would otherwise be wasted. CO2 generated from these processes, is also used to supplement the glasshouse atmosphere to stimulate growth and production and reduce the loss of this CO2 to the environment. One example of this sort of opportunity is the development of glasshouse tomato production alongside British Sugarís refinery in Norfolk."

http://www.britishtomatoes.co.uk/environment/...

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#34 Feb 25, 2012
Gottaliv wrote:
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You might be interested in this, note what is used for better production.:)
"Since 1990 British growers have reduced annual energy use by more than half 50% for each kilo of tomatoes of the same type produced.
During this period the majority of the production area was converted to use natural gas for glasshouse heating, resulting in less of the sulphur emissions which would come from burning oil or coal. Carbon dioxide can also be extracted from the clean exhaust gases when burning gas, to enrich the glasshouse atmosphere with CO2. This gives big production benefits as well as further reducing CO2 emissions.
Tomato crops are also being heated by surplus energy from industrial processes, which would otherwise be wasted. CO2 generated from these processes, is also used to supplement the glasshouse atmosphere to stimulate growth and production and reduce the loss of this CO2 to the environment. One example of this sort of opportunity is the development of glasshouse tomato production alongside British Sugarís refinery in Norfolk."
http://www.britishtomatoes.co.uk/environment/...
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#35 Feb 26, 2012
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