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  • mike
    January 07, 2013 - 06:15

    I would estimate over the past 20 years we have invested at least a BILLION dollars into our local agriculture industry, This includes direct grants to farmers and support organizations, public servants salaries, etc. We have at the most 150 serious farm enterprises scattered throughout NL. By serious I mean grossing over $50,000 in sales and not necessary making a profit. So do the math and ask yourself, Can we do more to perk up NL’s agricultural industry? Even with all that money the number of farms in this province in on the decline. It’s not just a matter of encouraging people to buy local, its far more complicated.

    • M is for Manure
      January 07, 2013 - 09:08

      A BILLION dollars??? I doubt it. That would be $50 million a year. A look at the public accounts show it's more like $20 million a year. That's still a lot of money but far less than your grossly exaggerated claim.

    • david
      January 07, 2013 - 11:53

      M: You gotta hand it to people here though...after a lifetime of hearing politicians throw out BS figures election after election, they take to it themselves like ducks to water! Of course, when it's all "government money", who could be bothered to count it, or recall the real number anyway?! The notable thing I CAN recall in my lifetime anywhere in the vicinity of even $20 million spent on anything to do with food was Peckford's "investment" (uuurrrpppp!) in Sprung. Good times.....cucumbers to fire trucks.

  • abby
    January 06, 2013 - 08:27

    If food prices are " far from unreasonable", are we to assume that they are "reasonable"

  • W Bagg
    January 05, 2013 - 08:42

    Global issues, well I bought a 2 liter of milk at the grocery store here 2 days ago. $3.69 for 2 liters, all milk consumed here is made here, and we have even in the past (maybe we still do) ship milk to NS. When I was in Alberta 10 years ago, milk was half as cheap in Calgary as it was in St. John's..................you could buy a 4 liter jug in Calgary for within 10 cents of what it cost for a 2 liter carton in St. John's. Maybe Oxfam should talk to the milk price fixing group here. Maybe time to start drinking Soda

    • RJ
      January 05, 2013 - 13:16

      Again ppl have to clue in...we are no different then animals..it is all about survival of the fit.If you are weak minded and cannot find a way to gain financial freedom...well you complain!!

  • Chantal
    January 05, 2013 - 08:02

    I too was expecting more for the letter of food prices. You put it so well and so concisely; this is a global issue and the Western countries have benefitted quite well to the detrement of the people living in the developing world upon whom climate change has had a devestating effect. Thank you Bill.

  • Jill
    January 05, 2013 - 07:53

    Consumers drive the markets. If consumers were more vigilant in their power to support local markets, the import business would dry up. Do we really need strawberries in January imported from the other side of the continent? Beware of "product of Canada" labels too; they often don't tell the truth about where the food was actually grown.