Food For Thought
I’m going to focus my next few blog entries on a topic which affects and involves every single person in our country, food. The way food production has developed over the last few decades has seen big business swoop in to capitalise on this most fundamental of basic needs. Everybody needs food and therefore, if you can control the supply, you stand to make a huge amount of profit. Alongside the demand for food increasing (Australia’s population having almost doubled in the last 50 years), the technology used to produce our food has also seen rapid development. These days the food manufacturing industry is shifting evermore to automated methods with local farmers getting elbowed out of the way in preference of cheaper mechanized systems. In the last few years alone we’ve seen both McCains and Simplot suffering with job losses being either inevitable or a looming disaster. So what does this mean for the average person? Well, as food production is automated, jobs in this sector are going to be reduced. As food production employs a substantial portion of mostly unskilled workers, those workers are going to have to find work elsewhere. In my next post I’ll talk about the knock on health effects of this shift towards food automation.