National Agriculture Day: Celebrating Australia’s Hardworking Growers
Today, on National Agriculture Day, we celebrate our hard-working Aussie growers; the backbone of Australian nutrition.
At Bayer, we admire the resourcefulness of Aussie growers in bringing fresh food to our tables every day. We recognise that the health of Australian society relies on the availability of affordable, high quality fresh foods. Having worked alongside local growers for over 90 years, we have seen their ingenuity and ability to continually innovate and diversify to meet this need.
A balanced diet, high in essential nutrients, improves our quality of life and can help reduce the incidence and severity of chronic disease. Yet recent research by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that only 5% of Australians are eating the correct amount of vegetable and fruit serves per day.[i] Making home-grown vegetable consumption part of our daily self-care routine would positively impact on our nation’s health outcomes.
Despite the inevitable challenges faced by Australia’s growers, they strive to get vegetables from their gates to our plates. As a result, over 90 per cent of all fresh vegetables sold in our supermarkets are grown in Australia[ii] and the value of exported locally grown produce is more than double the value of fresh vegetable imports.[iii] Today, we want to say ‘thank you’ to the growers responsible for these unprecedented agricultural stats. Their hard work to support the nation’s health is something that we want to ensure is recognised and not forgotten.
There is no doubt that demand on food supply is growing and there is a need for sustainable solutions to continue to provide high quality nutritious produce to Australians. Every 100 days there is a new population the size of Australia added to the world’s population, which means by 2050, the global population will be close to 10 billion people.. Bringing it close to home, currently Australia produces enough food to feed 60 million people. As a leading food-exporting nation, we contribute to the food security of not just of Australia, but of many other nations around the world.
The impact that Aussie local growers have on our quality of life should not be underestimated. Without their passion and dedication to produce the highest quality fresh foods, our nation’s health would suffer. At Bayer, we are truly passionate about Australian agriculture: the land, the people that farm it, and their produce. We believe all Australians should understand the positive contribution of Australian agriculture and farming families to our wellbeing. We pay tribute to Aussie growers today and remind us to increase vegetable consumption as an essential self-care practice.
[i] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Australia’s Health 2018.. Available at: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/australias-health/australias-health-2018/contents/indicators-of-australias-health/fruit-and-vegetable-intake. Accessed November 2018.
[ii]AUS VEG. Australian vegetable production statistics. Available at: https://ausveg.com.au/resources/economics-statistics/australian-vegetable-production-statistics/. Accessed November 2018.
[iii]Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Horticulture fact sheet, 2016. Available at: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/hort-policy/horticulture_fact_sheet. Accessed November 2018.