Is it time to look at what we are being charged for food grown and produced in NZ?
Should there be a cap on the markup that NZ producers can charge for their product to the NZ consumer.
There has been much in the news lately about the cost of butter, and dairy in general on the local market. Fonterra’s justification for the cost just doesn’t wash with me.
Over recent years the amount of food my dollar can buy had dropped drastically, it’s no wonder so many families are suffering and having to rely on food banks. The health of many families is suffering because they cannot afford to buy real food, relying on cheaper processed products.
We produce some of the best dairy products in the word, grow wonderful fruit and vegetables and honey, and we produce some of the best beef and lamb. The best of these products are exported overseas, and it appears we see just ‘seconds' on our shelves and pay well over the odds for the food produced in NZ.
One way or another, via subsidies, concessions or the environment every one of us pays in the production of these products yet we have to pay overseas market prices for them.
This has got me thinking.
Should we now call on our government to look at bringing in a requirement for every food producer in NZ to supply a % of their best quality product to the NZ market at a cost plus a manageable margin.
Look at the prices and quality of the following products on your supermarket shelves and imagine them being available at 20% - 40% less!