July 12, 2010 at 8:02 am #252674
Tomato prices are expected to increase after more than 5 million plants were poisoned at two north Queensland properties.
Police say it appears a herbicide was injected into the irrigation system at Bowen.
It is the third time crops in the region have been poisoned.
Queensland Health says a batch of tomatoes from the property at the centre of a herbicide contamination investigation is safe for consumption.
The department has tested a batch of the truss tomatoes and no residue of herbicide has been detected.
Queensland Health spokesman Rod Miles says testing of other batches will continue.
But Whitsunday Mayor Mike Brunker says it could cost the local economy $50 million.
“Personally I think that could be a conservative figure,” he said.
“No-one’s actually sat down and worked that out yet because we’re all obviously all focussed on trying to help the police to get a resolution to this case.
“But once it flows on to people not having the money to spend in supermarkets and shops it could have a huge effect.”July 12, 2010 at 8:12 am #471259
They’re predicting at least a doubling of the prices around September and October, then a glut in November (when the ordinary progession of plantings across districts is disrupted by the re-planting due to the poisoning).
Something that a lot of news stories don’t seem to be mentioning is that there was a (largish) hydroponic grower who got caught up in the poisoning, and is currently concerned for his family as their household drinking water ran off the same system (as his irrigation system).
For us, his product was harvested and sent out, before the death of his plants became obvious. A window of about 4-5 days for hydroponic truss tomatoes.
Another issue, there are also capsicum and eggplant seedlings caught up in the poisoning, just not in the same (millions) of numbers as the tomatoes. Figures still in the hundreds of thousands for capsicum and eggplants (and chillies?).
All the more reason to grow locally, in season, and preserve I reckon!July 12, 2010 at 9:00 am #471260
Yes, and seed some more this year, for all your friends and neighbours. Or to even sell on the local markets,
Which brings me to a question: Is it legal to grow vegies and sell them on the local market? Or is there a lot of red tape and regulations, not only to selling but also about zoning and permission to grow vegies on your block of land.
In Europe where I come from originally it was always so that people grew vegies and sold their surplus on the local markets. (My grandmother used to go into the forest at 4 in the morning, pick berries, walk 2 hours to the next big cities and sell them on the market.)
That has, however, changed in recent years, since the bureaucrats of the European Uniion seem to regulate everything up to the curvature of cucumbers and bananas.
I had a chat with a friend in Europe recently, and was just wondering if there is a similar developmnt in Australia?July 12, 2010 at 9:19 am #471261
We have never deliberately grown tomatoes yet we have plenty. Were it not for the fact that we can eat them, I would call them invasive weeds. Why are people stressing about tomato prices? Did I miss something? If I destroyed Uluru, would Australia suffer a shortage of rocks?July 12, 2010 at 11:18 am #471262
Believe it or not andre, but some people don’t have the time, land or money to grow them. Some years I don’t even get the time to pick them. They get infested with grubs, sunburnt, eaten by birds etc etc.
I’d rather buy a fresh vegetable and make it into a wholesome meal than buy something processed. So this will effect me and I’m sure lots of other people as well.
It also effects my plans on stockpiling food. DW bought 72 cans of diced tomatoes tonight. Whilst the price increase may only be temporary, it’s still good to have them now.July 12, 2010 at 11:28 am #471263
I hope they catch the mongrels. is someone deadset against them growing tomato seedlings or any type of seedling for that matterJuly 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm #471264
News seems to have gone conspicuously quiet in the last 2 or 3 days …
This is the third (major) go at the crops in the region. Near 1/4 of a million in possible reward money might help.July 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm #471265
Makes you wonder what on earth is going through the head of some people doesn’t it? As for me I went down to that “B” store and bought a small 4 shelf greenhouse on sale 1/2 price and a punnet of tomato seedlings. We do eat a lot of tomatoes and last year we had so much rain in Dec that my whole tomato bed was wiped out along with my beans so I’m getting in early this year! So yesterday I potted and built and have my mini greenhouse all ready to go and the cherry toms I planted over a month ago are flowering away on my nice warm deck, should be eating them soon:DJuly 12, 2010 at 7:13 pm #471266
with andre to the point, we got sucked in over the banana’s when that cyclone hit like that was the only banana farming area in australia, and i smell just as big a rat here by the controlling supermarkets, this supposed kill also happened before they said was it last year? then how come tom’ prices didn’t fly of the rchter scale?? how come here was no dire warning about imminent shortages and super price rises?
i think we are being manipulated by greedy supermarkets who have stock piles of green tomato’s on chill storage, like they had with the banana’s, the thing with the banan issue was they could do it because banana ruless won’t allow banana’s from any other state to be sold in qld(can import from asia but heavens to betsy not from WA), hence fruit from from north western west aus’ was being sold in NZ for less than $2 a kilo when they where charging what $12 – $15 in the supemarkets here in brissy, that is a con’.
and does this only affect truss tomato’s? who buys them anyway? they are not a staple fruit. the whole deal stinks of manipulation and prifiteering. the loss will make a good insurance claim hey, profit without planting.
supermarkets probably already got a glut on their hands and growers can see that they won’t be offered much by the supermarkets.
andre not every one has room to grow much at all, a lot could grow cherry tomato’s very prolific low maintenanace and they usually sell for around $10 or so per kilo at the shops rip off price hey. so what are they ging to be worth?? must get some shares in a cherry tomato farm can smell a holiday in the bahama’s pr somewhere. oh and as before none of teh extra retail price finds its way back to the farmer who is just a pawn like we consumers are.
lenJuly 12, 2010 at 11:24 pm #471267
I sense that what you say, Gardenlen, has a degree of accuracy. It is not unlike the grape growers situation where they are growing too many grapes. Their answer is to cut production! Not to provide cheaper grapes, products and wine!
If you have too many growers of tomatoes or grapes, market forces could take the control away from the ‘marketers’ .
In Australia, with our climate and rainfall, we should have plenty of inexpensive fresh food, meat & veg, throughout the year. Why we have to pay so much is largely in the control of the few large ‘marketers’ manipulating prices.July 13, 2010 at 12:36 am #471268
that’s the one plumtree,
control for profits sake, we the consumer lose as does the farmer, farmers should grow their crop and find other ways of selling it. boycotte the controllers and so should the consumer boycotte the product, why care if it rots in storage or on the shelf? only that losses get added to other items that are selling.
maybe the time is drawing nigh when we realy need to be pushing for farmers to be living in our communities, as not against those community farm projects which have their place, we need our food grown closer to us, that way the farmer gets more for his crop and we get more affordable fresher produce. plus a safer product.
lenJuly 13, 2010 at 1:16 am #471269
I’m just waiting for the tinned toms and bottled puree imports to rise in price as well – just to take advantage. Won’t bother me and my stockpile. :geek:July 13, 2010 at 1:28 am #471270
I’m just waiting for the tinned toms and bottled puree imports to rise in price as well – just to take advantage. Won’t bother me and my stockpile. :geek:
and I have started to stockpile my tin tomatoes now – but hopefully will have my own this year 😀July 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm #471271
The thought of having to survive without all those beautiful rosy red
shiny globules of tasteless mush from around Bowen has me reaching
for the Panadol packet.:clap:
And as for “glut” markdown prices in the ‘stupour’markets after the immenent fame, c’mon who’s pulling who’s leg.:tdown:
I knew there was a reason for buying a couple of cartons of tinned toms at Moroopna earlier this year.;)July 13, 2010 at 9:57 pm #471272
Not quite sure what everyone is on about I’m a bit like Andre halcyon .We also dont deliberately plant tomatoes ,but have them everywhere .What we dont eat fresh get bottled pickled and turned into sauces pastes and whatever else I can think of .When we lived in the city it was the same you dont need much land to grow them and they are more than happy in in every pot I put compost in .I have serious concerns about the plastic linings in all tins these days so am not to keen on the tinned variety anyway.:confused:
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