“emerging food and wine superpower.”Seasonal advantages: Tasmania, a temperate Australian island group, is ideally positioned to supply out-of-season fresh food to the northern hemisphere. When it is winter in the north, it is summer in Tasmania. Crops are at their peak and are being harvested and prepared for export. Irrigation: Recent large-scale irrigation projects have increased cropping land. The new infrastructure protects farmers from drought and has opened the way for diversification of farm activities in drier regions. ‘As a food lover with a passion for natural flavours, I knew I had found a paradise’ Tetsuya Wakuda on his initial visit to Tasmania in 1990. Ideal climate and soils Tasmania has an ideal temperate growing climate and some of the world’s most fertile soils. Rain is plentiful in traditional growing areas. No genetic risks The Tasmanian Government has placed a moratorium of at least five years on the commercial production of genetically modified crops. Hormones and antibiotics are not used to promote growth in livestock – good news for health conscious consumers. Unique biosecurity Recent concerns about food safety in an increasingly polluted world have focused attention on Tasmania’s famously clean air, ample supplies of clean water and freedom from many of the outside world’s pests and diseases. The State is officially free of the Mediterranean fruit-fly. A European berry producer has recently invested in Tasmania because ‘the biosecurity is unique in the world.’ Low chemical use Tasmanian farmers have no need to use many of the chemicals that are routinely applied to food crops in other regions. This means Tasmanian food is more natural and healthier. Modern methods The people who operate Tasmania’s farms take pride in being at the cutting-edge of production methods, packaging and marketing. Primary industry innovation is supported by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and private-sector specialists. Digital farm data Sense-T uses real-time data from sensors, along with spatial and historical data, to build a digital view of the entire state. Sensors used include tiny ‘back-packs’ carried through the environment by bees. Sense-T is unique and it is transforming the way Tasmanians manage their food production. Fully flavored and safe When you buy Tasmania’s gourmet products you know you are dealing in fully flavored and safe food and beverages. Tasmania really is a heaven on earth!
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