91.7% of respondents believe Australian should participate in global discussions.
Purpose of IOC
60% of respondents do not know the purpose of the International Olive Council
85.9% of respondents believe Australia should participate in global discussion as a member of the International Olive Council.
Respondents answered whether Australia should or should not enter into Global Discussions
- To keep with the international standards and knowledge
- Australia hs high quality and high standards. We can win “gold” overseas with our products therefore we should be included in international issues.
- If we want better outcomes we must participate.
- I’m sure we, (Australia) have much to offer through our own R&D. Exchange in information will benefit the global producers as well as Oz.
- We should be part of International industry
- The global market can help ascertain constant sales and revenues for local produces.
- No, concentrate on the development of our own industry and work to eliminate the imports.
- To be aware of current issues
- to advance our cause
- Until we (Aust) have a critical mass of global production we are better to observe and react accordingly to the outcomes of the IOOC. To remain as nimble and unbound by legislation is key to our innovation and market share.
- Australia should participate as an observer member. Participating members are obliged to vote in line with other members, as with members of the EU. Australia should not become a participating member. Argentina did and now it has no voice.
- we have in various areas the climate to produce quality product
- Olives are a international product and the larger Australian producers need an international market. So need representation.
- We need to be up to date with all new processes and be aware of trends overseas,
- I believe in total Australian focus
- It is a global industry and all countries can benefit from joint collaboration at many levels – particularly R&D, technological advances, sustainable practices etc
- They have no interest in Aus. Or worse, they are Euro-centric & will go out of their way to disadvantage Aus growers to aid Euro growers.
- The Industry is under the control of the EU. Members of the EU find it difficult to manage – How can Australia help?
- We need to be protective of our olive industry.
- Issues important to Australia, such as chemical parameters of what constitutes olive oil, extra virgin olive oil etc are determined by the IOC
- If you’re not having your say, you’re got no chance of getting your way.
- We grow a product that is world wide, therefore it is important to know what the wider world is developing and
- how they use research as part of that development.
- Because we live in the world – not just in Australia, it’s a global worwld now.
- To be part of and influence the Global standard
- Globally traded product, WTO mandated, regularly updated by leading experts, covers 97% of global production, access to international research and best practice
- We need to learn but also to manage how the imports in Aust are working and how we can maintain our high standards.
- Participation important but input will be ignored. IOC only interested in European production.
- Don’t know much about ioc
- IOC never released data on the ratio (in %) between Lampante/Refined olive oil produced and Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced. IOC defends the interest of the old and rich olive oil industry: can we therefore trust IOC? I don’t think we should put Australia in the hands of this gigantic competitor, asking for fair administration. I believe, instead, that the battle for quality is fought between those who can deliver quality, and those who cannot.
- I don’t believe that we at this stage of our industry should invest our meagre resources in global industry discussions. We have spent more than our fair share on this to date to no avail.
- Olives and EVOO are all over the world whether we like it or not. We cant isolate Australia from the world because we didn’t invent it. If we can lead by example with high quality we want to be known world wide for that. I don’t see why we would not work with any international associations – unless they refuse to uphold the same level of quality produce – then we must lead by example with open arms (just as the AOA has done for us)
- IOC and AOA should merge and ensure that all the growers and the projects are supporting the same principal of quality and prices for the consumers and the farmers, we are not old but we do have good oil in Australia and get the backing of the government, do not allow EU to dump their bad oil in our laps.
- Ideally Aust should but would it change anything??
- it is important Australia is up to date with the world industry
- Spain is the biggest producer and so sets the price. It also exports a lot of lower quality oils. The industry globally needs to maintain certain quality parameters for olive oil or customers will discount it down to the value of seed oils.
- I think we are part of a global market
- Australia is only a small player
- Because we are all trying to sell the same product which is good for you.
- better to be in the tent
- so our oil gets known
- we need one international standard not a number of country standards
- We all need to help each other through technology, trends, & trade. It is important to get along together and not apart.
- to market our product as clean and green
- Our industry cannot operate in isolation from the global situation for a number of reasons, eg best practice, pest management and control; climate change etc.
- to voice the southern region opinions
- we live in a global market .. we need to be fully engaged or we will disappear.
- Australian olive oil is reportedly amongst the best quality in the world. We need to have this strength reinforced at worldwide forums and we need to continue to agitate for agreed standards that will validate this quality for our international markets as well as our local consumer.
- Australians are not experienced anough and have no history to contribute / climate, weather, …
- Need to protect our market and recognise the barriers to entering international market such as China
- We need to be part of the global industry to attract foreign investment for expansion
- As a quality producing nation, a seat is imperative.
- Need to be an active participant in order to maximise potential.
- if we are in it we should have our say
- I think Australia should participate provided the IOC is not Eurocentric in its approach. It should be an “international” organisation
- We need to be on the table with the world.. but not to finance junket trips for industry members feathering their own nests
- Climate change is affecting us all and lessons learned globally are valuable to understand and apply here
- We currently compete with international producers whose quality parameters are not the same as ours. There are some serious shysters out there causing irreparable damage to this industry. Dealing with just these is a major challenge.
- Must be able to present our industries perspective and have some say in issues that will affect our markets and options.
- Exporting is an important part of the industry and should not be discounted. Why not be involved to see if this is a worthwhile collaboration? The current Industry Association does not focus on Exports so there isn’t any support. We are part of the Global Industry why not have a say?
- Best way to know the enemy is to be in their camp……
- I’m not sure what real effect we can have on the world markets its very established and self interests are apparent. much better potential for Australia and to just export good product stay out of the politics.
- To improve the olive oil industry
- we are too small and the last thing we need is more bureaucrats wandering the world spending our resources
- So we are represented with international market.
- From my perspective as a small grower I am very unlikely to ever export so I would not benefit from any trade deals. Larger growers would obviously have much more to gain from global industry discussions as they would be more likely to export product.
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