By BERN MORLEY
Here’s a newsflash: Kids need to be fed EVERY SINGLE DAY. Not only that, they need to be fed at least three times a day and get this, they need to be fed nutritiously! I’m totally kidding of course but as all parents would know, the dilemma to come up with new meal ideas that are good for your children that they actually like is challenging to say the least. This very reason though is why I had an epiphany. What epiphany? Why, I’m glad you asked.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Australian Made. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in her own words.
I was strolling along in my local supermarket, doing my usual haphazard Saturday afternoon shop (without a list because it was sitting safely at home where I had left it ON MY KITCHEN BENCH) when I went to grab some oranges. They were displayed beside a similar product but these ones in particular had an ‘Australian Grown’ sign above them. I hadn’t thought much about it before that day, yet suddenly I found it hard to think of much else. Was I unconsciously buying products that weren’t genuinely Australian?
Now of course, given the choice, I would ALWAYS want to buy local products and I try to support our local growers at our farmer’s markets as often as possible but I’ll be honest, I’m a bit lazy and those things are on darn early of a weekend. Yet also, to be completely fair, it didn’t even cross my mind that I might be purchasing “fresh” food from overseas without meaning to.
So I went home after my shop and had that niggling feeling, you know the type, when something isn’t quite right and you want to correct it?
Yet I didn’t quite know where to start. So I did what every good Australian does in this day and age, I Googled “Australian Made products” and found this www.australianmade.com.au
What struck me first up was the logo because of course I remember it so well – such an icon of the 80s. It’s the green-and-gold triangle kangaroo symbol Bob Hawke so proudly launched when I was in Primary School, which is still going strong. Funny how great campaigns can stick in your mind. Interestingly, the logo is not administered by the Government, rather a not-for profit organisation.