The decision by Foodstuffs to kill off NZ caught fish for the long arm of transnational mass food manufacturers is an economic self mutilation that is just another reason why the State needs to enter the Supermarket Duopoly.
It’s outrageous that we won’t be able to eat our own fish caught here in some of the most pristine oceans because Foodstuffs will cut a better deal with Alaskan Pollock processed in bloody China!
This is a strategic food resource we should be protecting rather than have over to Chinese processors!
That Foodstuffs would damage such vital food sovereignty for profit is a reminder why we need the State to step in.
The lie of neoliberalism is that unregulated markets lead to competitive utopia.
They lead to an elite corporate oligarchy who ensure their dominance via duopoly or monopoly. A plutocratic cartel who amputate monopoly rentals from the economy and call it business.
The brutal strength of the State is required to step in and break up such cartels when they bubble to the top and that’s exactly what the Commerce Commission has demanded.
Covid taught us food security matters and a Supermarket chain that embeds a cheaper food security while supporting local supplies is a necessity to correct a broken market!
Government should enter into a deal with Iwi to stock a new chain of Government/Iwi Supermarkets that champion local produce at better prices for the consumer and
We need a kiwi subsidy on all local produce to recognize that producers have already used water and created local climate changing gases to create their product and as such consumers have already paid a price just to get the product to their table.
We should feed the 5million here first before boasting about feeding 40million world wide!
We start by buying our fish local.
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