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Australians turn to homegrown produce and swap groups

Australians are looking out the back door for self-sufficiency and choosing to not be locked into supply chains and fluctuating costs. Matthew Raabe grows produce to help sustain his family. Raabe: "At the peak of sufficiency, four out of seven things on our plate were growing in the garden or was contributed by the garden. You can't always depend on a logistical supply chain to have everything in stock."

Agribusiness lecturer and food security expert Dr Risti Permani said going back to basics with subsistence agriculture is still very common in developing countries. "They're like 24-hour farmers but can only produce what is sufficient for their family," she said. "I think there's definitely a lot of discussion about to what extent this movement contributes to food security."

Then there is the Toowoomba Home Produce Swap Group, that meets monthly to share excess produce. The sharing and swapping of homegrown produce brings the community together while helping the hip pocket. While the Toowoomba Home Produce Swap Group meets once a month, the excess produce shared between members lasts for weeks.


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