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01 October 2011

FARMERS LAST AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY TO RATIONALISE - BUT INSTEAD THEY CONTINUE TO SCREW THEIR FELLOW AUSSIES AND DEMAND MORE PROTECTIONIST BULLSHIT

Here's the image most people have of farmers.  Simple, hardworking folk, living plain and struggling to survive.


The reality is sadly much different, and a whole political party has now been formed by Hillbilly Bob Katter to protect these cretins and gougers in our midst.  Yes, we're going to discuss the sad truth.  It isn't Coles and Woolworth's gouging us, it's our fellow Aussie farmers.  They've got quite the racket going.


GUESS OUR LOCAL BUTCHERS HAVE NEVER
SEEN THIS MUCH BEEF IN ONE PLACE
In today's Cairns Post, we find a group of these "hardworking farmers" led by grocery tycoon Warren Jonsson (Jonsson's Farmers Market) attacking an entrepreneurial Queensland company in Cairns marketing their high-quality beef at discount prices.  Superbutcher has come to town.


LOOKS LIKE WELL-MARBLED, HIGH
QUALITY BEEF AT HALF THE PRICE
AS THE LOCAL BUTCHERIES



While the story in today's Cairns Post would have you believe this is some guy selling roadkill out of his car boot, Superbutcher is a well-known and highly regarded meat emporium.  We should all revel in our good luck to have this vendor make the long trip to Cairns with the first in their high-quality product offerings.


GREAT TURNOUT AT THE
FARMER PROTEST
However with farmer MP Warren "I"m not Nuts" Entsch in tow, the aggrieved farmer/butchers pull out all the stops, with Jonsson claiming "they'll be there to run them out of town".  However these fat fuckers couldn't run a bandicoot out of town, and customers have been flooding into the showgrounds to snap up boxes of high quality meat, on the cheap.


The fact is farmers and other food producers all across Australia are the lowest productivity farmers in the world, and with the grocery chains tired of overpaying for food and then copping it from the consumer, these laziest of Australians (and the last to see their business rationalised) are now protecting their fat profits instead of competing fair and square.  When people in Eastern Europe, or Japan, or Norway can buy a banana any month of the year for $2 kg or less, while we stupidly allow our banana farmers to charge us squillions, it's clear something is terribly wrong in our food industry.


And then there's the fishermen.  They discovered selling our reef fish live to Hong Kong gets them seven times the price, and then we're told this artificially high "export price" is now the market price - for Aussie caught seafood!  The average Aussie battler can't afford a simple feed of local fish, prawns have been relegated to Christmas, and we're all told to blame Coles and Woolies.  IT'S NOT THEM - IT'S THE FISHERS, MATE! 


Take Warren Jonsson - his "Jonsson's Farm Market" is a complete failure, with absurdly high prices and low quality produce the reason people visit once, and then don't go back.  When Cairns consumers heard the slogan "paddock to plate", they assumed cutting out the middleman would net them lower prices and better quality.  But the farmers have put the extra margin in THEIR pockets, with one Farm Market employee charged with researching the prices at Coles and Woolies so they can match them.  And with Coles and Woolies demanding the highest quality produce for their customers, all that we're getting is third grade crap.  But, it is LOCAL crap!  I guess that counts for something.


Jonsson can front up for the Cairns Post to kvetch about a traveling butcher (a company with a huge following in the Brisbane area, and a well-known and high quality outfit).  But he's got a seafood stall just up the road from his shop, and two produce vans (with much higher quality goods) at the Fruit Bat and Smithfield.  But with meat the real high-profit item, I guess an "outsider" (well, actually another Australian, another Queenslander) is fair game.


Go up to Malanda to where the dairy farmers are crying.  Or out to Ravenshoe.  Or south to Innisfail, and the banana farmers.  Into the farming areas of Victoria, or New South Wales, or South Australia. Go into farm town Australia any morning, and see the big new Toyota Landcruisers, and Mercs, and BMW's, lined up in these towns.  Think these farmers are losing money?  In your dreams.  With all of them spending big on buying "protection" from the likes of Bob Katter, and the main political parties too scared to undertake real reforms in the agricultural, fishing, meat, or poultry industries, it's these farmers and ranchers who've got everyone over a barrel.


One other interesting story about these guys - one of those pictured in today's Post story recently shared with his bank teller his plans for a birthday present for his wife - a diamond-faced Rolex wristwatch.  He was so proud he bought it in Brissy, and saved $200 bucks over the price at a Cairns jeweler.  Fill in your own curse word here ____________.


While clearly the domination of our food retailing by two companies isn't ideal, they aren't the only villains in this story.  Coles and Woolies management look to be systematically working to drive food costs down to a world-market level, by either getting the farmers to increase their productivity, or importing from lower cost producers.  But it's the farmers that need a good working-over. - they're not innocent of culpability in this issue. Time to throw some support at supermarket chains, we think they're maybe being given a bad rap, and time we start investigating why our farmers aren't coming to the rationalisation party with the rest of us.


UPDATE:  ATE THE FIRST OF MY SUPERBUTCHER PURCHASE.  HIGH-QUALITY, TENDER, VERY TASTY.  


AND CAIRNS RESIDENTS AGREE!  COMMENTS IN CAIRNS POST UNIVERSALLY TELL THE LOCAL BUTCHERS AND WARREN JONSSON TO SHUT THE FUCK UP!


CAIRNS POST COMMENTS HERE

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

A wonderful piece of work, Mr Watch.

KitchenSlut said...

I have something coming on this soon at Loose Change with regards dairy and allegations that the Coles CEO is an "arsehole" by DJ *unt from the KKK (Kairns Katter Kandidate) which is mostly complete ignorance and public bar myths and lies as usual!

nomooremike said...

I'm no apologist for farmers, but I remember when cyclone Larry hit, and the floods cut off the road, the big two ran out of food, whilst the local IGA had plenty.

The big two had approached the local food growers for supplies, and they refused to serve them because they weren't buying from them normally.

One farmer told me they had offered him over the top prices to sell to them what was earmarked for his regular customers, he told them where to go.

Your post is very one-sided, I've lived amongst small farmers and they struggle like the rest of us, and work a lot harder. They are not all millionaires.

Anonymous said...

struggler? - tax evaders and welfare parasites. This one (a cane farmer) from Yasi is a good example.

He took the $150,000 industry exit package, handed over the farm to his sons (running nightclubs in Townsville), and no sooner had the centrelink doors open with the bags of money for Yasi relief than he was lined up with his hands out.

Salt of the earth? Grubs, more like.

Terry said...

Anonymous - Generalizing a bit aren't you? Does one example mean all farmers are the same?

Bryan Outlaw said...

Funny that the ComPost is promoting the "buy local" nonsense, just after they've sacked workers in Cairns by moving their printing to Townsville and much of the ad staff and accounting to Brisbane.

Actually, the word "funny" isn't accurate. How about hypocritical?

It's about time some one held these farmers feet to the fire. For some reason they are often portrayed as "untouchable".

Anonymous said...

why dont you go and get a job you dark green big ass and tell the goverment to help insted of hindring