Life on the land in Australia

Archive for January, 2016

The truth behind the avocado shortage: growers made ‘innocent mistake’

What’s behind the avocado price increase? Australia’s summer avocado supply shortage is largely the result of market manipulation to boost sales before Christmas, says Antony Allen, former chief executive of Avocados Australia. For weeks the avocado industry has blamed rain and bushfires for Australia’s summer shortage, which has seen wholesale prices double, retail prices spike to $7 […]

January 25th, 2016
Topic: Avocadoes, PRICES Tags: , , ,

Australian beekeepers reject research that says honey is making us sick

Australian beekeepers have reacted strongly to international research just released claiming local honey was contaminated with high concentrations of natural poisons linked to disease. The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council says that the results of the Irish research were based on outdated information about the amount of honey produced from the Paterson’s curse plant. Researchers […]

January 23rd, 2016
Topic: Bees, FOOD DRINK Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fruit and vegies: why do they cost so much, and who gets what? ORANGE CRISIS IN AUSTRALIA..!!

Fresh produce doing it tough Leading Valencia orange grower Tania Chapman discusses the factors that contribute to tough market conditions for Australia’s fresh produce producers. If you’ve ever wondered how much the farmer gets for the fruit you’re holding in your hand, orange growers want to tell you this summer they’re getting very little or […]

January 17th, 2016
Topic: Oranges Tags: , , ,

14 free pools to try in Australia this summer

Fun in the sun: Free water entertainment for the family by state. Photo: Getty www.h2o-water.com  <<<MORE STUFF ON WATER HERE Finding a way to keep the kids happy, active and cool in the summer holidays can sometimes be a challenge, especially when on a budget. But there is a way! In Australia we’re lucky to have […]

January 1st, 2016
Topic: CHILDREN, WATER & IRRIGATION Tags: , , , , ,