Jan 012007
 

Bannerman doesn’t often indulge in supermarket exploratives. He finds the commercialistic falsehoods presented to be not only so very indicative of todays society, but also outrageously indicative of how easily we, the ardent consumer, are duped by the conservative push for globalism at any cost.

Take for example, the brief passage the B-man made through a Woolies delicatessen, smallgoods and seafood division this afternoon. Reader, have you ever bothered to read the little signs jabbed into the goods for sale in such divisions? Olives from Greece. Feta cheese from New Zealand. Sundried tomatoes from some Pacific Island. Cold meats, wursts and sausages from South-East Asia, no less! Take a jaunt through the seafood section and see if you can find any real, dinki-di Aussie fare, dear reader! It’s all either imported from Thailand, Vietnam, or labelled as ‘mixed imported and local’. None of it fresh, mind you, despite the tags stating so. Indeed, in the local Woolies, prawns from Thailand labelled as fresh, also stated that 5kg lots could be obtained for $49.95 from the frozen seafood chest across the aisle!!!.

The very, very best olives Bannerman has ever sampled……should that be gorged upon?……came from here. The sweetest Feta cheese from South Australia, the tartest, bitiest Cheddar from Warwick, Queensland. The best sundried tomatoes ever sampled came from Gayndah. The most delightful, and without doubt the largest oysters ever eaten by the B-man came from Denial Bay, South Oz. The best prawns he’s ever eaten came from the Gulf of Carpentaria, Barra from Cooktown, Red Emperor from Cairns, Lobster from Tassie and the list goes on and on and on.

Why then, are we subjected to eating, not fresh, but frozen foods from far away from these shores and of doubtful quality? Bannerman has nothing whatsoever against the Vietnamese, the Thai, the Greeks or Italians or even the Islanders of the Pacific or Kiwis of Aotearoa. He simply doesn’t understand why, as an Aussie through and through, born and bred with values to out-weigh any Prime-Ministerial citizenship test, he is offered the choice of imported or mixed-with-imported foodstuffs in his local supermarket. Bugger all local produce to be seen or had, and Bannerman wants to know why?!! At $18/kilo for medium-sized prawns of doubtful age and $20/kilo for Kalamarta olives of equally doubtful origin and age, there are certainly no bargains to be had through globalisation. Bannerman wants to know why this is so. He’d gladly accept any and all explanations. Rationale would also be nice, if same can be put into terms sans-political.