Australian farmers could soon be producing broccoli and cauliflower pills, giving consumers one serve of vegetables in a tiny capsule. The horticulture industry hopes a demand for nutrient-rich powders and supplements will create a new market for vegetables, indirectly solving the problem of farm waste in the process.
It's an idea John Said is helping to develop. He grows vegetables on 2,000 hectares across the country: "I mean it's a pretty big ask to say to someone, 'Here, just take this pill and it's a broccoli pill', but in the future, who knows? I mean, if it's got other vitamins and minerals and perhaps other oils as well and it serves a really good purpose for the body, then, by all means, let's develop that."
It's also a chance to make something of the cauliflowers and broccolis that aren't picked at harvest time, with about 15 per cent of his crop left on the ground, often just with slight and/or cosmetic defects.
"We've always thought about food waste, we've always thought about yield, but we've never been able to truly get a market or a particular process that addresses that issue," Said said. "So I think we're the closest we've ever been to being able to address an issue like that."