RE: The True Cost of Our Food. A Peek Behind the Scenes of the Food Supply Industry.
Great article and food for thought! Though we do not have many options here in Cambodia when it comes to convenient food, we get a lot of "fresh" fruits and vegs from China, Thailand, and Vietnam that are coming from big farms that don't pay their worker's honest wages and use a lot of chemicals to increase their yields. People often have to work very long days without much protection from the chemicals. All of this is keeping the cost down compared to the products local, organic farmers are growing here.
Wages are very small here in Cambodia. People often have to work very hard for very little so I get it why they are still coming to Australia. For most people here it is even difficult to afford the cheaper foods coming from big industrial farms. We are lucky to have a successful little, local business and my husband is a freelancer in IT, network, and security so we can afford the more expensive, organic, locally grown vegetables and fruits.
I don't think they are wrong or overpriced if you look at all the hard work that goes into producing these organic crops. I visited a few small-scale organic farms here in Cambodia and it's hard work in this humid, tropical heat.
So that leaves me to think there is something wrong with the wages people are being given here. Everybody should be able to afford good kinds of vegetables and fruits.
Though I hear your thought too, big farming and food industry has made food more accessible for more people and fewer people go hungry.
So I don't think there is an easy solution.