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26 October 2012

Weekend reading

I have just signed a petition at change.org asking that Coles increase the price of their generic milk so that dairy farmers get a fair price for their milk. I hope you'll join me because dairy farmers are walking off their farms and if that continues, not only will there be no cheap milk, there will be no fresh milk. Since Coles began selling cheap milk in 2011, 45 Queensland dairy farmers have closed their businesses. I wonder what is happening in the other states. We do not want to import milk. There is still a huge need for signatures - only 1400 have signed and we need 10,000.  This is important, it will take you one minute to sign, you don't have to have your signature displayed publically if you don't want that. If you're living in Australia,  please sign ... click here. If you have a blog, I urge you to put this link up so your readers can sign too. Tell your friends and family, the people at the club, at school, at work. This is important for every Australian.

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18 comments:

  1. I am always pleased to see links to surveys such as this one Rhonda. We had some very good friends who were 3rd generation dairy farmers, loved their cows and farmed ethically...but the supermarket prices forced them to give up what they loved so dearly. I cannot bring myself to buy a bottle of milk from Coles or Woolworths now and even choke up if I am at a friends house and they have that milk as it just tastes awful compared to the local small dairy where we buy ours from when not milking the goats. I urge everyone to sign this petition because 'you don't know what you've got till its gone.'

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  2. Hi Rhonda, I refuse to shop at Coles or woolworths, we are fortunate that we have a very good independent grocer near us. What we need is for people to realize what massive hold these to supermarkets have on us. We need to realize that saving a few cents a litre on petrol is false economy, petrol is dearer now than it's ever been, because they have pushed most of the independents out. I also buy my fuel from an independent. These actions cost a little more but if we all did it oh how much the retail, and in turn the farming situation would change. sorry, if this sounds like a rant but I cant tell you how much I despise those two supermarkets! XxBrenda

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  3. Good for you for spreading the word, Rhonda. We have got to loose this unrealistic expectation that food be cheap!

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  4. I've signed! I feel very strongly about this too and it makes me feel angry when i see people in the shops buying the cheap milk when the contents of their trolley suggest they can indeed buy the other and support local farmers. If this goes on not only will we lose the milk and the farmers, I hate to think what will happen to all that beautiful farm land.

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  5. Thanks for the petition link Rhonda. We really need to support all our farmers and one way we can support our dairy farmers is to buy milk from a local dairy company. Yes it costs you a little more but that is most likely only a dollar or two a week and it's keeping families in jobs. Sometimes we need to look at the bigger picture.

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  6. Rhonda this is an issue close to my heart! One of my best friends had to sell off all their dairy cows because they couldn't make it work with the crazy low prices they were getting paid. That is despite the fact that they were 4th generation dairy farmers. They were devastated and I'm appalled that our country isn't doing more to protect our farmers. We have had such wonderful fresh produce for so long that people don't realise how good we have it in our country. I think that is why people don't realise it is NOT the same way in other countries. In my travels around the world I really began to appreciate how fantastic the quality of our produce is here. If we outsource it to other countries the quality will become awful. Terrible food that has travelled thousands of kilometres to reach our shores, where goodness knows what has happened to it during growing. I know the bottom line is important (we're all on a budget)- but our farmers need our support!
    Leah

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  7. Signed! Thanks for that Rhonda, I'll pass it on. Sadly our society has become one in which many (most??) people take fresh food for granted. It's very scary to think we are sabotaging our abundance in order to save a few cents at the supermarket checkout.

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  8. Thanks for listing my blog Rhonda! What an honour!

    I've signed the petition and like others have said this is an important issue. My father's family were all dairy farmers on the mid north coast and every one of them has been forced to give it up. There's now only a single dairy farm in that valley, it's heartbreaking. I'm always happy to pay a little bit more for ethical/local/green products. It's good shopping karma and on a selfish note I enjoy my food more if I know I've supported the little guys! :)

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  9. Oh Rhonda the Dairy farm issue carries over to all types of farms, people should go support their local farms if not they will be gone and you will not know where your food comes from, maybe cheap not regulated foods from another country.If a farmer cannot make a living and keep his family he will have to sell. It is very tough these days with the economy I know people are suffering but so are your farmers and their expenses keep increasing. When they are gone they will be gone maybe replaced by factory farms I am sure the milk or whatever may be cheaper then but at what real cost.
    I know that regardless of what country you reside we are all the same. Good for you.

    Love the links you put on here. B

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  10. I've had a little rant over on my blog too and linked the petition and shared on Facebook. The more of us that get behind this the bigger effect it will have. Oops still ranting.......

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  11. Thank you for that link to the petition, Rhonda as I have been wanting to do more than just buy the more expensive milk. I feel so sorry for our dairy farmers.

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  12. Wished I lived in Australia to sign the petition. I did pass it onto a farmer friend here in the States. I will not be surprised if this starts to go on here because a lot of folks in the US are all about the cheap and forget food should also be about quality. Good luck to all your dairy farmers.

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  13. I've signed it Rhonda, happy to. I avoid shopping at Coles now for these reasons. Like you, I shop at Aldi and my local IGA.
    Kathy, Western Sydney.

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  14. I've signed it too and when I have a spare little while, I'll have a look at those other links too. Thanks!

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  15. I found your blog on another blog, as one does! and have added you to my favourites list. I've also signed the petition, posted it on my blog, and will be sending the link to everyone on my email. I don't do Facebook, but some of my contacts have it so I will urge them to put the link on their facebook pages as well. This issue is so important, as everyone else here has already said. I do shop at Coles and Safeway simply because they are convenient to my home, but I NEVER buy homebrand stuff of any kind, and I read all labels to make sure I'm getting Australian grown and processed food.

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  16. Hello Rhonda.....Add my support to the dairy farmer's milk issue.
    I'd like to comment on Christmas...Yes we are not only thinking of Christmas....we've already had our annual family Christmas get-together!!
    It was early this year because my grand daughter lives in Qld. and wanted to combine her 25th b'day and the get-together when she came to Sydney to be with us for her special day..so early it was.....Barb

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  17. I've signed the petition. I am very concerned about all the fresh food industries in Australia. I now do as much shopping as I can with www.aussiefarmers.com.au which delivers to my door, just like the old milkman. The more I can do the better.

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  18. Thank you so much for listing my blog in your recommended weekend reading. I am most grateful and feel it indeed is an honour. Thank you!

    I continue enjoying your past entries as I read through your archives.

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