Like it or not we have changed, the world has changed and so too has many aspects which affect our everyday lives. Some changes will be for the better, some will be for the worse but what this global pandemic has done, is given us all time to focus on what really matters for us and our nation.
Many of my mum friends have been doing it tough, home schooling while working from home at the same time. Many of the activities which occupy our children and break up the monotony of the week have disappeared– the parks, swimming lessons, dance classes, or visits to the local library, all suspended. Many families feel as though their very insular world of the past two months has been turned upside down but while we’ve been focused on the changes to our own lives – life ‘outside’ has changed too.
It’s a common phrase – ‘it’s a small world,’ but no truer has the expression been than just before the pandemic. Post pandemic I’m not so sure. What was been brought to the surface quite abruptly has been our reliance on other nations. For example, it was immediately obvious we didn’t manufacture enough medical supplies and we found ourselves in a bind. There were other goods too where we solely relied on other countries for supply but that supply was under threat. It caused great concern for our leaders and consumers alike.
It’s been the way of the world, however, in recent times, with the push for globalisation, economies and citizens have benefited a great deal. That was until the unimaginable happened and countries closed their doors on their neighbours and nations were left to grapple with the prospect of just having what was within the confines of one’s own borders.
What it did force many consumers to do, me included, is to start to read the labels and take a far greater interest in where products are produced. Where is this made? Where are the ingredients sourced? Is it from Australia? Could I have purchased the same product but Australian made? These were the sorts of questions I was desperate to find the answers to.
I started doing this with many household items but mostly with food. I wanted to eat Australian and in turn support local businesses and our farmers. I was actually shocked at how many items in my pantry and around the house were made overseas and I made it my mission from that point on to buy Australian made and owned wherever I could.
That’s what I love about Uganic infant formula. Every time I open the can to give to my toddler, I know that if I really wanted to I could essentially go and visit the cow from where the milk came from. As a mum who is quite particular about what my daughter eats, this provides a great sense of comfort, to know what I’m giving her is a product of Australia.
It’s also the right thing to do – support Aussie farmers who would arguably have one of the toughest jobs in the land. So much of what they do can be wiped out by one devastating blow from mother nature.
Increased awareness about where our produce and materials come from is a certain positive to come out of Covid-19. However, I’m not suggesting that things from overseas are bad, it’s just when we have a choice, the first choice should be Aussie. It truly provides you peace of mind and I’m sure it’s much better for you too.
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Article by Wattle Health Brand Ambassador, Rebecca Maddern.