June 4, 2004
June 4, 2004 -- Two of Australia's favorite foods, the prawn and the lamb cutlet, are trading places.
Prawns, traditionally an expensive treat, are now more affordable than ever. Meanwhile, the drought has taken its toll on lamb production and cutlets are now reserved for fine dining.
Newscom.Australia reported that the price of prawns this year is about what it was 20 years ago. The reason for this is "a big influx of imported cooked prawns from China at a much lower price level than we have ever seen before."
On the other hand, the "production of lamb has fallen by 14 percent because of the drought," causing lamb prices to increase over the last several years.