Sharyn O'Neill

Flood-damaged produce still tasty

PEAK horticulture organisation Growcom has joined the chorus of people calling for consumers to support Queensland fruit and vegetable growers by buying flood-damaged local produce rather than imported product.

CEO Alex Livingstone said that where produce had only been dinted or blemished on the skin but was otherwise unaffected, consumers should buy it.

“The abundance of relatively cheap food we have enjoyed in the past has made us complacent about the resources dedicated to its supply,” Mr Livingstone said.

“We have been conditioned to buy only perfect fruit and vegetables but with the major damage to horticulture it is time for consumers to get behind the industry to ensure its survival.”

He said consumers may see empty shelves or a lack of their favourite fruit and vegetable item, which may tempt them to buy imported alternatives.



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