Having recently discovered that Hong Kong imports approx 98% of its total food consumption, it made me think about how fortunate we are in Australia and having a seemingly abundant flow of fresh produce.
What many consumers in Australia dont realise is just how much produce comes from the Bundaberg Region and in what quantities.
Goods like Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Capsicums, Macadamias, Snow Peas, Chillies, Herbs etc.
The Bundaberg Region has always been known for its fertile soils, temperate weather and good water security and we can now be proud to be known as growing over 50 different commodities throughout any given year.
This is an exciting opportunity for not only consumers, but for the innovation of a food processing plant to be set up in the region.
What?? Thats right. Why is it that with so much food grown in the region, that we havent considered setting up a processing plant for all of the second grade produce, the “ugly” produce and all of the stock that typically wont be accepted by the mainstream markets.
As consumers, lets demand Australian Processed foods as we are happy with our fresh, yet we dont think twice about eating imported tinned fruits.
My challenge to you is to read the back of all of the labels in your pantry and work out exactly how much imported food you could be switching out with Australian processed goods.