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Greens Announce $85 Million Plan to Allow Farmers to Sell Direct to Public

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Exciting news from The Herald Sun in Australia.  Way to go Greens!

THE Greens have announced an $85 million plan to allow farmers to bypass Australia’s major supermarkets and sell direct to the public.
In Perth on Sunday, Greens leader Christine Milne said the $85 million in grants over four years would connect farmers and local communities by helping create more farmers markets, mobile markets and community food box schemes.
Ms Milne also hoped the creation and support for producer cooperatives, and a new regional food brand would ease the pressures on struggling farmers.
‘Farmers aren’t getting decent farm gate prices, and the supermarkets are putting downward pressure on farmers,’ she said.
‘In many cases they’re having to try to produce even below the cost of production. That’s just not right.’
The policy is based on a similar scheme launched in 2009 by US President Barack Obama called ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food.’
Ms Milne said the pressure on farmers had been produced by both the Labor and the Coalition governments helping Australia ‘develop the most concentrated supermarket retail sector in the world.’
‘Our food system as a result is highly centralised and increasingly reliant on importing cheap processed food,’ Ms Milne said.
‘There are significant barriers and little assistance for farmers wanting to sell direct to the public.’
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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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