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  • Conrad
    July 19, 2012 - 20:28

    Our produce is most likely the worst in North America, like our birth rate. It's a shame really. We need to do everything we can to improve our produce problem, its time to do something about it. The quality of life here is going down hill, no doubt. When a person only makes enough money to pay the rent on a full time job, there nothing left for anything else. Takes two adults working full time just to stay above water. Nobody even has time or money to have a family anymore. If we don't have kids where will that leave NF, without any Newfies eventually. I have a friend from Columbia who thinks our people are sad, I agree with her. It's hard to be happy with all the stress. I just felt like going on a rant.

    • David
      July 20, 2012 - 09:15

      Conrad: After all the rhetoric and all the glowing TV commecials and all the chest thumping, the truth is that this place is barely liveable. It was worse during the pre-confederarion years, but due to the kind of myopic, short-term, gutless and visionless politics that voters here not only accept but actually thrive on, it has lagged the world badly, and will surely stay that way until the last person turns out the lights. This era of oil wealth has simply exacerbated our failure to offset or mitigate our isolation. St. John's isn't Toronto... it's more like a larger, fancier version of boomtown Buchans.

  • Jim Bennett
    July 19, 2012 - 14:57

    Maybe when Quebec finishes Route 138 from Sept Isles to Blanc Sablon our provincial government will see the importance of a fixed link across the Strait of Belle Isle and an improved Strait of Belle Isle ferry service while the link is being built. Imagine the south coast of Labrador receiving fresh produce just 12 hours from Quebec City while produce destined for the Avalon has just arrived in North Sydney in the same 12 hours! Jim

    • wtf
      July 20, 2012 - 07:57

      Imagining is about as close to reality as it will get.

  • Consumer
    July 19, 2012 - 13:40

    Most of the produce, both fruit and vegetables, that are shipped to Newfoundland and Labrador are fed to the cattle in other jurisdictions. Picture the perfect potato - until you start to peel the darn thing and find out is is rotten to the core. I can't wait to buy local, but I find that a lot of that produce is very cost prohibitive and can add a pretty penny to the weekly grocery bill. Maybe local growers should take a long hard look at what they charge the consumer (they don't have the high freight costs) - I'm sure most consumers would buy local and wouldn't mind paying a premium if (a) there was enough product; and (b) if the price was not so high. The quality from my experience is excellent and the taste is out of this world, Maybe for once our government could make good use of our tax dollars to support the local farmers with a view to becoming less dependent on long haul freight and the ferry schedule.

  • Richard
    July 19, 2012 - 10:17

    Before we lay the blame at the feet of Marine Atlantic, maybe it's time to start asking why produce takes 7 or more days to get to North Sydney. The truth is, we have become completely beholded to large retailers, for whom we are quite literally the bottom of the barrel when it comes to their distribution chains. For years we had slower, smaller and less reliable ferries, yet fresher produce.

    • David
      July 19, 2012 - 11:17

      Guess what? Food retailers are in the business for profit, and as important as St. John's is to you, it isn't important their business whatseover. We haven't managed Step 1 for our own food security, but we'll call out some mainland-based companies for not doing more for us.....another classic 'Newfoundland the victim' rant. This ain't gonna change: Newfoundland is Land's End, and St. John's is the Land's End of Land's End. --- get used to it. Or actually, go back to being used to it.

    • David
      July 19, 2012 - 11:39

      Guess what? Food retailers are in the business for profit, and as important as St. John's is to you, it isn't important their business whatseover. We haven't managed Step 1 for our own food security, but we'll call out some mainland-based companies for not doing more for us.....another classic 'Newfoundland the victim' rant. This ain't gonna change: Newfoundland is Land's End, and St. John's is the Land's End of Land's End. --- get used to it. Or actually, go back to being used to it.

    • Richard
      July 19, 2012 - 17:18

      David - you're exactly right. But if we had more competition in the retail sector this province, maybe the profit motive would help things along. My point was that i am tired as a taxpayer who funds Marine Atlantic to have to subsidize a bunch of businesses who coildnt otherwise be bothered to improve their distribution systems.

  • Carl
    July 19, 2012 - 10:01

    Marine Atlantic is not the only way to ship perishable goods to Newfoundland. Much of our fresh produce is shipped by the private sector (namely Oceanex, Marine Atlantic's only competition in the marine freight business). So if perishable goods are really spoiling because they wait too long for a spot on the Marine Atlantic ferry, then maybe some of the food producers should stop using Marine Atlantic.

  • David
    July 19, 2012 - 09:03

    OIl may make for big wages and higher expectations of people's standard of living, but it doesn't change where you live. This is land's end, and a place where we have never put any effort or thought whatsoever into developing any sort of food supply strategy in over 400 years (Sprung. Nuff said.). It was food supply that caused this place to come to be --- supplying cod to the world --- and now we have none for ourselves....pretty much summarizes our long term planning department. Sold our train for some magic (fresh?) beans, and let Marine Atlantic continue to fester and rot like gangrene. And now, with nouveau upper middle-class sensibilites, we have a taste for corn-on-the-cob that doesn't come from a tin can. Pretty weird having a $350,000 condo with granite countert tops and stainless steel appliances when you can't get a few fresh apples to eat, isn't it? If you want to eat really well in Newfoundland, get a job on the rigs.

    • mainlander
      July 19, 2012 - 09:14

      This is a no-brainer. Why is it even being discussed and debated? Perishables should be given priority. Am I missing something here?