The Amalgamated Workers Union (AWUNZ) says the government should pay the living wage to seasonal orchard workers. The living wage is the income necessary to provide workers and their families with the basic necessities of life.
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Customers will soon know how far their apples fall from the tree with the passing of the Consumers' Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill. The bill introduces mandatory labelling to inform consumers where their meat, fruit, seafood and vegetables come from.
A tropical insect pest, the Tau Fly, has been found in New Zealand. The fly, from the same family as the Queensland fruit fly pest, eats and lays eggs in fruit and vegetables.