Shock­ing cost of fruit and veg

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

RE: ‘ City needs more veg­gies’ ar­ti­cle. We have just moved back to Townsville from SE Qld af­ter three years.

We are veg­e­tar­ian and there is a good rea­son why peo­ple do not eat enough veg­eta­bles in Townsville – they are ridicu­lously over­priced.

Our fruit and vegetable food bill has sky­rock­eted since mov­ing back, al­most dou­bling.

In SE Qld there are many mar­kets and farm­ers mar­kets where you can buy bulk fruit and veg for $ 5 a box.

In ev­ery ma­jor shop­ping cen­tre, fruit and veg is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, with bulk bags sell­ing at un­der $ 2 or $ 3 for 1- 2 kilo­grams.

We were shocked to pay up to $ 1.20 for one piece of fruit in Townsville. If you have a fam­ily of five or six, and eat the rec­om­mended two pieces of fruit and five serves of veg­eta­bles each day, that adds up to a mas­sive amount.

There is no rea­son at all why North Queens­lan­ders should be pay­ing th­ese prices.

Townsville is not a small out­back town in the mid­dle of nowhere. We have farms within a few hours drive and there is no rea­son why lo­cals can­not make ar­range­ments with NQ sup­pli­ers for cheaper pro­duce

Un­til more ini­tia­tive is taken in this area, I don’t see the av­er­age per­son eat­ing their RDI of fruit and veg­eta­bles while pay­ing up to four times as much as any­one else in the state. VI­O­LET, Vin­cent.

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