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The death of farmers' markets

Despite the fact that since the dawn of civilization we've been buying and eating at village markets, the USA has introduced the 'Food Safety Modernisation Act'. Essentially regulating and forcing registration on any producer who produces food of any kind and then transports it - the fines for non compliance are horrific.

Now I know what you're thinking, "those whacky Americans" ... but seriously, our politicians lack any sort of imagination and I think it's only a matter of time before we see similar laws in Australia. Which could mean the death of farmers' markets and a big win to Woolworths and Coles.

Farmers' markets are a great solution for these troubled economic times - keeping the money in the local community where it gets spent locally. Let's hope that our politicians leave our markets alone.

On another note, if you want to fight the economic meltdown, why not plant a vegetable garden and get some chooks? Not only do you save money but you now have some chores to give the kids that gets them away from their play stations.