Lord of the Let­tuce tar­gets food waste

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - AMANDA DUCKER

HE calls him­self Lord of the Let­tuce, but re­ally Gar­rick Cameron is just a naughty boy… with a so­cial con­science, a loathing for food waste and a mas­sive so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing.

Scroll through the 31year-old for­mer diesel me­chanic’s Face­book page, which has 118,000 fol­low­ers (with even more on Snapchat, he says), and you might write him off as a coal-rolling red­neck who gets off on black-cloud­ing protest­ing gree­nies.

Watch closely, though, and what emerges along with ex­ple­tive-laden lan­guage is a quick-think­ing lar­rikin riled about in­dus­trial-scale food waste.

The re­cent re­cruit to the state’s Shoot­ers, Fish­ers and Farm­ers Party shared his con­cerns as MC at a free pub­lic fo­rum on the Fu­ture of Food in Tas­ma­nia at the Black Buf­falo Ho­tel in North Ho­bart at the week­end.

“The big eye-opener for me was when I started work­ing on other peo­ple’s farms – just the amount of waste that oc­curs be­cause of the mil­i­tantly strict guide­lines im­posed by su­per­mar­kets,” Mr Cameron said.

“Lamb must be within such a tight weight range or it will be re­jected and car­rots have to grow straight and to a cer­tain length.

“That blows my mind. Food is food to me. Why should it be doc­tored so much – that’s where the bulk of waste hap­pens.”

The Cop­ping fa­ther of three said Tas­ma­nia was ide­ally positioned to push for change – and he be­lieves most of the com­mu­nity would get be­hind a cam­paign.

“We are shel­tered from the main­land, which is awe­some, and Tassie does march to the beat of its own drum. We are seen as a pure state, so why not keep build­ing on that rep­u­ta­tion by lead­ing on re­duc­ing food waste?”

Com­mer­cial giants needed to re­lax vis­ual fruit and veg guide­lines as a fun­da­men­tal first mea­sure, he said, rather than pat them­selves on the back over their oc­ca­sional gim­micky odd­bunch of­fer­ings.

“This is a pet peeve of mine,” he said.

The week­end fo­rum was hosted by the state Shoot­ers, Fish­ers and Farm­ers Party.

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