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Australian Grown Wins the Argument

October 27, 2011
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I would normally be sceptical of a push for buying Australian. Why not let the market take care of it? But I thought the campaign scored a king hit with a full page ad in the press today, highlighting a dozen examples of imported foodstuff with toxic additives, and health-threatening pollution.

It certainly confirms Helena in her view that you don’t buy any food that was made in China for the reason that their food standards are too problematic.

This is not old-fashioned protectionism, it’s just insisting that imports should meet our own domestic standards.

It’s a tough attack ad, but justified.

  1. Martin Spencer permalink
    October 27, 2011 3:54 pm

    Bob, like you I am opposed to blanket protectionism that is motivated by the usual dumb reasons but I do think that there are 3 key conditions that should be met by imported products:
    – minimum food safety standards.
    – minimum environmental protection standards.
    – minimum labour rights and freedoms standards.

    Globalisation has led to an international free flow of capital so that effectively, in many cases Australians benefit from products produced under slave like conditions. Just like slavery, nobody really thinks its a big problem, but I think there will reach a braking point of shame and moral horror at the grotesque inhuman conditions and political oppression that directly lead to the cheapness of consumer items that we import into Australia.

  2. October 27, 2011 5:31 pm

    This is protectionism at its worst.

    For a start the examples given are highly selective and there may be many other similar imported products which are quite free of any health or other concerns.

    What is more, the reverse argument could just as well be applied to a range of Australian made/grown products. Would that mean that ALL Australian products are suspect?

    The truth is that there is a huge range of products for which there is no Australian version capable of matching the quality of an imported product ranging from the top grades of Basmati rice, the top grades of (especially Thai) Jasmine rice, tinned Italian tomatoes, many spices, Soy sauce – sadly the list is endless.

    Pointing out the specific to blame the general is frankly wrong and is misleading advertising verging on xenophobia.

  3. michael egan permalink
    October 28, 2011 5:42 pm

    Charles Kane is absolutely right.
    I assume Bob’s phobia about foreign grown and processed foods now means that his international travels have finished for all time, unless, of course, he plans to cart around a suitcase full of Aussie tucker with him.
    Michael Egan.

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