If we sell the farm, we’ll starve
FOR the second time on Q& A, I have witnessed an “academic” state that food production is not worth keeping in Australian hands for Australians.
On the July 6 episode, when a question from the floor was asked of the panel regarding our top farmland being sold off, Trisha Jha ( Centre for Independent Studies) stated: “Well I believe the sector is under huge economic pressure, therefore I don’t have a problem with it.”
I watched a few years ago, a journalist declaring: “If Australian farm- ers cannot compete with cheap imports, they should move over and let Australia import food.”
This is the so- called “informed opinion” that will leave our grandchildren begging for second- grade food in the land our soldiers fought to save.
Everyone knows we have the wonderful farmland – that is why they all want to buy it.
When Animals Australia/ Four Corners aired the live cattle debacle, the entire trade stopped overnight.
Yet with the granting of mining permits on the Liverpool Plains of NSW ( in the electorate of Barnaby Joyce, Minister for Agriculture), you have to be joking to say we are protecting our farmland.
Australian farmers cannot continue to work their farms when they cannot get a good price at the farm gate for their produce.
Instead, they sell their farms for millions of dollars, retire and let the coal/ gas/ foreign companies rape the landscape and plunder our future food- producing land.
Why? Because the rest of Australia is not supporting them.
Our local meat industry is being hounded by extreme animal activists, who have to eat beans, grains and seeds that are grown on what is left of our farmland.
At least the Townsville Bulletin publishes letters about this vital subject, but who is reading them?
For the system to work, we need land to produce food, and you need a farmer that has the knowledge to grow crops.
Then you need water that will not kill the crop.
Then you need that farmer to be paid fairly for his effort.
Then you need government to make a decision on our food security.
Then you need the Australian population to realise that if we don’t have a decent, clean food supply, the rest of the news cycle is not worth worrying about.
So you see the problem.