This week I've been setting the cat amongst the pidgins on the Coles Facebook page, with some help from some very concerned Australians.
I've been asking to detail how they audit and track their overseas supply chains to ensure no factory farmed pork finds it's way into those products they so misleadingly label "Made in Australia from local and imported produce"
refuses to answer my question directly and have even slyly removed it
from their page meaning it can only be accessed through this link
I think it is grossly unfair of
to throw Australian farmers under a bus while they soak up the glory from
Animals Australia's recent campaign against factory farming
when they cannot give a public guaranteetheir imported produce does not come from factory farms.
It really is hypocritical of to expect one standard from Australian farmers while allowing a different standard for their cheaper imported produce especially when Australian farmers have already agreed to phase out sow stalls by 2017 at their own cost while competing with this cheaper produce.
Australian farmers will be the first in the world to completely phase out sow stalls while they are still legal in every country that supplies Coles with pork.
I don't hear Animals Australia pulling Coles up on this either, I wonder how much Coles has donated to their recent campaign? Food for thought.
Is this the kind of food system we really want in our country?
If we demand a certain standard from Aussie farmers shouldn't we demand the same standards on the produce we import?
Sadly it seems we rarely do.
Even our frozen vegetables (also labeled "made in Australia from local and imported produce") are not held to the same standards as many would expect.
Next time your at the supermarket remember that Australian grown produce is more expensive because it is grown to higher standard by people who take pride in the way they treat their animals and grow their crops. I think John F Kennedy said it best "The farmer is the only man in our economy that buy's everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale and pays freight both ways."