As the State Manager of the Australian Sustainable Business Group, I have concerns about the impacts on the ecological and economic sustainability of food processing industries, if these short term behaviours by Coles (and/or Woolworths) affect the supply chain in the long term.
I fear the upstream impacts on Australian farmers and the viability of their businesses. I also fear the downstream impacts on consumers of a restriction of variety. i fear smaller retailers may be adversely impacted. My over arching concern is a cost driven impact on ecological sustainability of agriculture.
I would like Coles (and/or Woolworths) to pay fair and reasonable prices to Australian farmers.
i am interested to know what step the ACCC will take to regulate the behaviour of Coles and/or Woolworths to protect the long term interests of consumers, suppliers, competitors and processors in the fresh produce industry.
In Jan 2009, Rowan realised that our Governments had completely failed us on setting up mechanisms to reduce the global greenhouse gas inventory. A friend inspired an Emissions Trading Scheme, now called the "Normanby Protocol" adopting the principles of the Kyoto Protocol at a person to person level. The first step is assist everyone to calculate thie personal GHG inventory. Then collectively we assist each other to reduce our inventories through emissions trading....
In March 2008, Rowan & James founded carbon-counters.com with a view to assisting "working families" and individuals reduce GHGs. At the same time carbon-counters supports the work of Engineers Without Borders Australia.
Rowan would like to save the world, but he can bearly save himself. Rowan Barber, aged 41, lives in the inner city of Brisbane. Even at the young age of seven, at Sunday school Rowan would sit and listen to the Missionaries explaining about poor people in developing countries. "I didn't want to go and save them (poor people), I just wanted to give them water to drink and designated places to poo. That's what got me into the profession I am now in," says Rowan.
At 17, Rowan started studying for his engineering degree (which he never quite completed) and 23 years later he is doing the work he always dreamed of doing. Rowan works for Carbon Counters in water & energy efficiency, water recycling and waste water treatment.
In his spare time, he works on Campaigns & Awareness for Engineers Without Borders - Queensland Professional Chapter. He is also involved in the provision of water and sanitation for developing communities. "I cannot change the world but water and sanitation can make a world of difference in a community which lacks it," comments Rowan. My ambitions are modest, I just want to find sustainable, designated places to poo for the 2.6 billion people who lack such things.