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Lena BS: Food, Farmers, making a living (45) RE: BS: Food, Farmers, making a living 21 Sep 00

I grew up in (in an olive grove,as a matter of fact....)an area(Tuscany) where land costs around $500 a square meter at least.You can spend your day with your back bent working the soil,but if you have a bit of land you're very,very rich.There,there is no crisis.Good organic food is considered the best luxury in life(that's why chemical shit never had much success down there.It soen't make sense to those folks to buy beautiful looking but tasteless food)and now that good oil and good wine are fashonable again I wouldn't claim a crisis.Also,when the cow thing happened we didn't have much of a worry because usually when you buy meat you know the farm or the producer it comes from.And supermarket chains are usually prvided food from local producers ,which keeps the market healthy and safe for both parts.What caused big problems there was the Europeazation(I'm sure it's a mispelled word...)of the market.It was famous when Farmers had all suddenly to balance their milk production to that one of near Germany.Basically,they were fined for their excess milk and ordered to get rid of it.Farmers went down to barricate highways and it all went on for a while.This is updated to Italy when I left it, nearly one year ago.

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