I sat watching 4 Corners earlier this week, in a ball of rage as they revealed labour exploitation and slave-like conditions found on farms that supply our biggest supermarkets such as Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, and even IGA.
It left me feeling sick to the stomach as the report revealed countless accounts of migrants getting abused, both sexually and verbally, underpaid or not paid and yet despite reports being filed with the police and to the labour companies, all the government can do is give them more funding and turn a blind eye. This is outrageous. The perception of Australia to those affected is beyond repair and yet the general public buy these goods unknowingly.
I generally shop locally where I can and I really hate the feeling when time gets the better of me on Sunday evening and I haven't done shopping and reluctantly head to one of the big chains. I have to say before even watching this report I hated the whole experience of these places. From the moment you walk in you are bombarded with bright fluro lights and have to march from one end of the supermarket to the other, just to get what you want because you don't eat the rubbish in the middle (well most days) and everything is monopolised by the big guys, you have a choice of their brand or their brand and that irritates the life out of me.
So what can we do about it. I for one will not shop at these chains, and will be making more of an effort to understand where my food is coming from. Sometimes we do our damest to abide by this mantra but with in the world of advertising, we are often mislead. Take for example the statement Product of New Zealand .. you kind of assume it's made in NZ but chances are it's made in China. The Horticulture New Zealand CEO publicly admits to importing vegetables from China and sending on to Australia. So you can't blame the general public for their frustration and confusion.
At the very least, I urge you to watch this report. It will make you think twice about where you shop. The impact is global.