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TAS Country : January 6th 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011 Tasmanian Country 7 Unadulterated produce goes main stream I WRITE in response to John Richs article in Over the Fence (Tasmanian Country Deceomber 24, 2010). I totally agree with Mr Rich that it is scandalous the way local producers have been bypassed in the allocation of government contracts in favour of mainland suppliers, but I could not disagree more on the matter of hormone growth promoters being permitted in Tasmanian produced food. Over recent years, I and many people I know have become increasingly dis- cerning when it comes to what is in our food and the manner in which it is produced. We simply do not wish to purchase food that is laden with additives, be they HGPs, antibiotics or any- thing else. We do not wish to purchase products that involve animal cruelty, such as battery hen farm- ing, sow stalls, inhumane transportation or any of the myriad other ways animals are mistreated. If we have to pay a little more to avoid all such products, we will willingly do so. Another bone of conten- tion is the matter of halal products being foisted on unwitting consumers. Many brands of yoghurt, for example, contain halal gelatine. No thinking per- son would wish to support this unbelievably cruel manner of slaughtering animals by purchasing such products. It might interest Mr Rich to note a full page adver- tisement in The Mercury (1/1/11) by the Coles Super- market chain. The adver- tisement trumpets the fact that from this year there will be no added hormones in any beef sold by Coles, an advancement the com- pany claims has cost it tens of millions of dollars. It appears that the mess- age about unadulterated food is getting through to business at last. Perhaps the farming community is a little out of touch with what is rapidly becoming mainstream thinking? PATRICIA DASIC Forestry industry deserves respect I READ with interest David Byard's column in and the point that was missed was that the for- estry industry is handling a reversible resource, not like the mining industry, and whether it is 16 years or 600 years, it is capable of being reproduced. Surely this factor is the single most important fact associated with timber. There are 3 million hec- tares in conservation re- serves, 79 per cent of it old growth. Only 1 per cent of the state's forests is har- vested for wood products annually, yet this industry supports 6300 workers. In Europe the forestry profession is well re- garded; here in Tasmania no one wants to listen to them. To close Forestry Tas- mania will be a huge mis- take and it seems to me that it may happen. DOUG DICKINSON Sandy Bay Tenders should face local benefits test REPORTS that the State Government has cancelled a $200,000 Tasmanian egg supply contract in favour of a mainland supplier has highlighted the need for the Government to adopt a local benefit test. The Tasmanian Lib- eral's local benefit test would see the implemen- tation of a number of measures that would high- light the benefits to the local economy as part of determining the ''best price'' during a tender pro- cess. Contrary to the claims of the Labor-Green Govern- ment, it is possible and legal to implement this process. The only thing stopping it is the lack of leadership from the Labor- Green Government. With an economy poss- ibly headed for recession, David Bartlett and his Labor-Green Government need to invest in measures to strengthen the economy, rather than foster the delay and inaction that we are continuing to see. JEREMY ROCKLIFF Opposition primary industry spokesdman
December 23rd 2010
January 13th 2011