Food affordablility is already a major issue for the most disadvantaged in the Australian community.
The productivity of farmers is something that affects us all. As the world population grows, the pressure on food prices increases and we expect the price of food to increase another 50% over the next 10 years.
Farmers as always are expected to do more with less and only those that do so will survive. All businesses are expected to meet the triple bottom line of economics, ethics and environment. But as people become more disconnected with farms, less people have an understanding of modern farming practices.
Food lobbyists build their food ideology on the critic of conventional food production, with the usual accusations of the food is unhealthy, unethical and unsustainable. With complete disregard to Australian's individuality and choice, conventional food eaters are made to feel like sinners, and the only choice is to follow the food ideology of the food lobbyist. Organic, free range, and vegan food are the choices of some Australians, but these choices should not be forced onto others. Two important questions must be asked: How are we going to feed everyone? And at what cost to the environment, people and animals?
Consumers need to ask other questions. Why is a product that only costs 20% to produce cost 80% more on the shelf? Are the claims made about the food really true? Are we paying a higher price for goods that simply don't meet the triple bottom line. Coles and Woolies have over 70% of the market. Is it ethical for a supermarket to force us to consume products from systems that require significantly larger amounts of resources, when we need to be moving in a more sustainable direction?
If we as consumers let anti-humanitarian groups educate us on food production, the quality and quantity of our food will deterorate. We will become more dependant on cheap imports. China, Thailand and the US may have to step in as our fresh food people.