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This idea that we can or should have centralised planning and control over agricultural production boggles the mind in its stupidity. Indeed, it is indicative of the complete and total failure of our school system that many people think this is a good idea, because they have obviously never studied human history.
Isn't a "national food plan" the precise same thing Mao Tse Tung implemented in China right before an estimated 35 million people starved to DEATH?
"The Road to Serfdom"
F. A. Hayek
The best way to judge anything proposed these days as to it's merit's,flaws or other implications is to look at whp proposes such ideas who stands to gain power over others by it's implimentation or who makes the money.
And generally either an ulterior political agenda will be exposed or a personal grab for money or power will be exposed.
Then however we come to one area where political parties of all persuations have excelled over the decades and that is saddling us with the Sir Humphrey Applebee's of the World,for when we dismiss the imcompetents or treacherous in plain view as Politicians we rarely get to sort out the Public Servant who often does far greater damage and betrayal.
But is this not what Christine Milne said that she would do as the leader of the Green's Party? She called it 'working with the farmers' for which she thought that she was eminently qualified as she came from a farming family/
The "NATIONAL FOOD Plan" = Good thing OR Government Control ??
This is a Major Issue regarding the Future of the Nation at both Economic and Agricultural levels. There are many questions of concern regarding this paradigm, therefore, the introduction shall commence with -; "Submissions to a Green Paper"
"Submissions should be clearly marked 'Submission'. Submissions sent by post must be either typed or written clearly in black ink on A4 paper. If emailing, please provide submissions in MS Word or RTF format, for web accessibility reasons. All submissions will be acknowledged."
Then there is -; "Process to Develop a National Food Plan" as stated by -;
"On 27 October 2011, Minister Ludwig announced the Australian Government’s decision to develop the National Food Plan through a green paper/white paper process. The green paper will outline the government’s vision and approach to food policy to canvas potential changes to policy, programs and governance arrangements."
"How does the national food plan integrate with other government food-related initiatives?
The Australian Government recognises the wide range of work by governments and other stakeholders on food-related initiatives. In developing a national food plan the government does not seek to replicate past or ongoing policy processes or other initiatives, but to work on drawing linkages between them.
There are several other Australian Government processes underway that will address food-related policy issues, including emerging opportunities, threats and concerns raised by stakeholders. These processes include:
The National Food Plan will complement these processes, and where possible, take into consideration their findings and recommendations."
Perhaps the U N is already behind the national food plan try to control all.
On 23 June 2011, Minister Ludwig released the 'Issues paper to inform the development of a national food plan' as a first step in developing the plan.
The issues paper, which was prepared in consultation with relevant Australian Government departments, provided information about Australia’s food supply and consumption, and summarises the wide range of existing food-related government policy and programs."
"During ten weeks of public consultation, the government received 279 written submissions, held 19 roundtable consultations across Australia and streamed a public webcast to find out what stakeholders want from a national food plan.
The government received a range of feedback on issues such as food security, public health, productivity, sustainability and international trade. There was broad support for the development of a national food plan along the supply chain."
SUMMARY of Australia's FOOD SECURITY
"Stakeholders reinforced the importance of food security for all Australians. Some stakeholders saw real opportunities for Australia to maintain and increase its food production to ensure our long-term food security and contribute to global food security, whereas others believed Australia faces a number of potential risks to its ability to maintain long-term food security."
HEADINGS Considered -;
Global Food Security
Diet, Nutrition Food Safetu & Consumer
Competitive, Productive & Efficient Food Industry
NATIONAL FOOD PLAN = "GREEN PAPER"
"On 17 July 2012, Minister Ludwig released the National Food Plan green paper – the next step in developing the National Food Plan.
The Australian Government is developing Australia’s first National Food Plan to better integrate all aspects of food policy to ensure a sustainable, globally competitive and resilient food supply that supports access to nutritious and affordable food.
The Australian Government has chosen to develop the National Food Plan through a consultative policy development process involving circulation of an issues paper, followed by a green paper for stakeholder comment, concluding with the release of a National Food Plan white paper that articulates its policy position.
The green paper seeks to inform discussion on the development of the National Food Plan white paper. It discusses a number of options and potential directions that could be adopted by the Australian Government. The Australian Government is seeking feedback on these and other ideas as part of its continuing dialogue before making final decisions about any changes or new initiatives. The government will consider feedback before making decisions about the National Food Plan.
Public consultation on the green paper concluded on 30 September 2012. The government is currently considering all stakeholder feedback in developing the National Food Plan white paper."
Australia‘s food system is shaped by global and local factors such as population growth, changing food preferences, economic conditions, climate change, competition for natural resources and diet-related health issues. In coming decades there will be both opportunities and challenges for those involved in growing, processing, moving and selling food—and for all of us as consumers. The National Food Plan aims to strengthen our food system so we can all respond to these opportunities and challenges.
The National Food Plan will provide an integrated approach to food-related policies and programs for the benefit of food businesses and consumers. This will ensure Australia has a sustainable, globally competitive, resilient food supply that supports access to nutritious and affordable food."
Given todays announcement to EXTRACT Millions of Dollars from the Tax Payer to Fund Election Campaigns, one could be forgiven if the Following Announbcement was just more Smoke and Mirrors from the political camps of Canberra.
"The Opposition has described the National Food Plan as another "con job" for agriculture from the Federal Government.
The Food Plan delivers around $40 million to research and market Australian food products to Asia.
It also sets up a Productivity Commission inquiry into cutting red tape for food manufacturing.
But the Shadow Agriculture Minister John Cobb says the Labor Government has introduced 20,900 more regulations and repealed just 104.
He says the Coalition will remove the cost burdens, and also make labour arrangements more flexible, like allowing split shifts for workers on dairy farms.
Mr Cobb says the Coalition will support the funding on researching Asian markets, but will change the focus to try to make agriculture more profitable.
"But whether it's the processing industry, the agricultural food processing industry or whether agriculture itself, we are committed to knocking off a billion worth of unwarranted costs every year."
Does Halal have a Place in todays Food Chain
"In her March 13 report broadcast on Dumont le midi TV show, journalist Caroline Lacroix revealed that Olymel pays thousands of dollars to the “Association des viandes halal that is controlled by Abou-Baker-Assedique mosque” located at 371 Jean-Talon E. in Montreal for the halal certification of its chickens.
During his March 23 TV show that took place after the halal issue was addressed at the Quebec National Assembly, Mario Dumont highlighted that all political parties in Quebec City had been very careful not to bring up the financial aspect of the issue:
Point de Bascule spent the last few days at finding an answer to Mario Dumont’s legitimate question. Who is pulling the strings behind this Aboubakerseddik Mosque on Jean-Talon Street that receives commissions from companies like Olymel, that get their chickens halal certified, as we have learned on March 13?"