Take pol­i­tics out of food pro­duc­tion

Shepparton News - Country News - - OPINION -

It is dis­ap­point­ing that the role hard-work­ing Aus­tralian food pro­duc­ers play in feed­ing our na­tion and oth­ers through­out the world con­tin­ues to be hin­dered by those seek­ing po­lit­i­cal gain.

In the past week we have had full page news­pa­per ad­ver­tise­ments from the union-funded GetUp or­gan­i­sa­tion that den­i­grate food pro­duc­ers as it tries to score a po­lit­i­cal head in the form of Wa­ter Min­is­ter Barn­aby Joyce.

It is un­for­tu­nate, and to the detri­ment of our na­tion, that these en­vi­ron­men­tal lobby groups ig­nore the full facts in their quest for ide­o­log­i­cal goals.

They will not ac­knowl­edge our food pro­duc­ers are among the most ef­fi­cient and en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble in the world, and have been forced to make sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial and pro­duc­tive sac­ri­fices to en­sure wa­ter is avail­able for en­vi­ron­men­tal flows.

It is also a bit­ter pill to swal­low when we read GetUp ad­ver­tise­ments at­tack­ing our food pro­duc­ers that are au­tho­rised from an of­fice in Pitt St, Syd­ney — ar­guably the most en­vi­ron­men­tally dam­aged area in Aus­tralia.

Imag­ine the up­roar if re­gional Aus­tralia de­manded the city of Syd­ney be de­mol­ished and the land re­turned to its orig­i­nal nat­u­ral state?

That may sound lu­di­crous, but it is pre­cisely what city-based en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists are de­mand­ing, de­spite hav­ing vir­tu­ally no idea of the food pro­duc­ing en­vi­ron­ments they claim need pro­tec­tion. What we need across the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin and other agri­cul­tural ar­eas of Aus­tralia is com­mon-sense pol­icy that en­cour­ages food pro­duc­tion (we all need food!) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion. — Vicki Meyer


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