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TAS Country : March 3rd 2011
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, March 4, 2011 Hormones abound in shop items THE promotion of Coles Supermarket in advertising hormone-free beef needs to be put into perspective for those consumers wishing to avoid hormone growth promotants (HGPs). The marketing gimmick overlooks the fact that many everyday items found in the shopping trolley contain higher levels of hormones than beef. When compared with 500g of beef from HGP-treated cattle, the amount of oestrogen in 200ml of milk is about seven times, 375ml of beer (stubbie) 10 times, a hen's egg 150 times, or 10ml soybean oil is 1800 times. For consumers to avoid oestrogen in their grocery list would result in a very dull diet devoid of many staple prod- ucts in our diet. The hormones in beef are natural and are safe to eat and consumers should be aware that they are at much lower levels than com- monly consumed foods. BRAD BELLINGER Australian Beef Association chairman Your Say firstname.lastname@example.org Potato committee needs support Simplot as a company deserves to be commended by Tasmanian farmers and the wider community for taking the first step and the lead beginning the reversal of the crippling downward spiral in pricing, on top of horrendous growing conditions.' THIS season has delivered some of the most difficult growing conditions and damaged crops most farmers have ever experienced, not only financially, but also structurally and emotionally. The TFGA Simplot Potato Growers Committee recognised that these events have put huge pressure on an industry which was already in a severe downturn in commodity pricing and grower confidence. As a result, the committee felt that approaching Simplot on your behalf to renegotiate contract pricing and con- ditions as paramount. The offer, which growers no doubt are aware of now, is an outcome achieved through many hours and days over weeks of rigorous nego- tiation with Simplot management. Simplot as a company deserves to be commended by Tasmanian farmers and the wider community for taking the first step and the lead beginning the reversal of the crippling downward spiral in pricing, on top of horrendous growing conditions. We believe that the outcome is a good offer and should be acceptable to growers considering current environ- mental and market conditions. The TFGA Simplot potato growers committee works very hard to ensure that growers of potatoes in Tasmania are well represented and their voices are heard. Without collective bargaining, we believe that our position within nego- tiations would be severely eroded. There are currently approximately 200 contracted growers for Simplot, it is disappointing to our group that only approximately half of the contracted growers support this committee through a 0.53 per cent levy on paid tonnes (which is only a $1.69/tonne). The committee works very hard on a voluntary basis with Simplot to ac- hieve positive outcomes for potato growers and the future sustainability of the industry. The amended contract will deliver an additional injection of over $6 million at the farm gate for growers, or close to $15,000 for an average grower. As a group of growers, we appeal to the wider potato growing community to contribute and become part of our organisation for the future of our industry and continued positive out- comes. We ask for your consideration when next amending or signing your con- tracts. If you would like to discuss any of these issues or others relating to the Simplot potato growers group, please contact the negotiating committee members below. TFGA Simplot Potato Growers Negotiating Committee: Trevor Hall (Chairman) Nathan Richardson Matt Ryan Ron Forsyth Own a bright future Our dealers are sweating. But it s nothing to do with the weather. The fact is there s never been a better time to buy a New Holland, with massive offers across our full tractor range. Your local dealer will work hard to give you a great deal, including finance. But if you can t find him when you pop into the New Holland showroom don t worry. He hasn t run away. He s probably just changing his shirt. Tractoriffic deals unfolding all summer NEWHOLL0171_TC
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