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Milk and the power of one

 

I saw a 16 year old girl who stood up this morning.

For milk.

And farmers

And families.

And Australia.

And for Australian owned businesses.

And getting a fair go.

And for so much more in the bigger picture.

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And I signed her petition.

{Thank you Chloe.}

And I’m asking you to join me

standing behind her.

Head here to sign up if you haven’t already.

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I want to drink milk made by Australian farmers, that’s produced in our country.

And I want my children’s, children to be able to do the same.

But more importantly,

I want Australian farms and land to be owned by Australians.

 

 

Click this link to see Chloes story on The Today Show

OR

Waleed Aly’s piece on The Project

 

 

Picture this..

If I owned a farm and just got hit with a massive bill like these guys.

I’d fight to keep it,

but…

when it broke me

and my soul,

and my family…

I’d take the path of survival,

 

And I’d sell.

 

After all, if I had no money to feed my children and just live.

I would do what I had to, just to survive.

And no one would blame me…

 

But, who would buy the land and the farm from me?

Another Australian farmer who’d be prepared to go into debt so we can all get cheap milk?

Perhaps a multi national foreign company would? (You betcha)

AND THAT’S THE BIGGER PICTURE.

 

We need a transparent solution.

So we can make informed decisions when buying milk, so we know that farmers are being paid a fair price for their produce.

We need to support our farmers by buying local produce as close to the cow as possible.

 

 

 

I believe if we stand together behind the power of one.

One splash can become many, joined together.

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Milk and cheese are vital to our everyday life.

They form part of a balanced daily diet.

 

If we don’t stand behind them…

One day we may find that foreign companies own all the land that we need to make milk and other goods we need every day to eat and survive.

And we may be lucky enough to work for them in our own country for a small income.

{or god forbid, retrospective pay}

 

 

Here’s to the power of one.

Buying local brands, that may cost a bit more to purchase.

Being informed properly which milk pays our farmers a fair price.

And sending a message that milk has a value and our farmers have a value.

 

I realise it’s a complicated problem.

{And it’s not just happening here in Australia, google milk crisis and you will see other countries have the same problem}

But,

will you stand behind Chloe with me?

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Live with Love,

SARAH-PRESTON

 

 

 

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14 responses to “Milk and the power of one”

  1. Sandra Bryson says:

    Thanks for your social conscience, Sarah!

    • Sarah says:

      I had another post for today, but this is something I feel so strongly about, I had to write about it. Hopefully I might encourage a few more people to sign that petition and stand behind one girl who stood up for all of us and our futures.

  2. Off to sign the petition. Thanks for sharing – together we can make a difference!
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    • Sarah says:

      I think this is so important, it’s so unfair to think that people can work for no money when they are doing something that they love and feed us at the same time, it’s a complicated problem that can affect our whole way of life, let alone the mental health of so many small businesses in Australia, if we don’t make a change. Thanks for signing. X

  3. I will! It’s so sad. We visited friends on their former dairy farm over Christmas and it was very sad that they had to sell out. Good news for them though is that they got into peanut farming instead but it’s devastating for the the industry. Good on you for writing this post.
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    • Sarah says:

      Good on those guys for making a change, it’s so sad to see another industry being forced out of our country, I hope we can keep standing behind these guys for the long haul to ensure it stays here in Australia.

  4. I do buy the branded stuff. However, reading Ruby Hamad’s perspective on this has made me wonder if we shouldn’t just be moving away from dairy in general- slowly phasing it out. It’s a tough question because while farmers rely on it for income it’s a pretty miserable existence for cows. And it’s definitely not essential for humans. Quandary!
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    • Sarah says:

      I have a friend who was a dairy farmer and all his cows were looked after like part of the family, It”s a complicated problem and my point is that if we don’t do something all our land will be owned by foreign internationals and our children will say, why did you leave us this legacy, working for a foreign country in our own?
      And that people, farmers and small businesses need to be paid a fair price by large companies that have a few top people making all the money.
      I don’t normally write about these topics but it has far more reaching consequences, like the mental health of the people who are the backbone of our country. I hope we can make a point to start a motion to make a change for our futures. It’s all about Australian made.

  5. All signed! Thanks for sharing this lovely. So important to support aussie farmers. Xx
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  6. I love supporting local farmers and I think that the milk that we purchase from our local farmers market is the BEST milk {even though I actually don’t drink it as I am lactose intolerant}. I say cut out the supermarkets completely!
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  7. An important post for a cause we should all be behind. We have swapped our milk to a local dairy as a stand. We have alot of friends in the industry so it is quite a worry.
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  8. Grace says:

    Great post! I am all about supporting our dairy farmers!
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