Do we unquestionably accept the need for, and practices of, Toronto's new Farmers' Markets Ontario publicly funded, certified markets? Do we lose all our critical reasoning just because their publicity promotes local food and local farmers?
Do we all agree that farmers should have to open their farms, business accounts, utility bills and tax statements to intrusive FMO inspectors before they can sell their products?
To support this tax-paid, bureaucratic venture we have to agree that "third-party hucksterism runs rampant in markets set up around the city". Even resellers that sell local food are unethical according to the FMO. Do the successful, established Toronto farmers' markets feel that they are unable to control misrepresentative vendors to such a degree that we need to create a new quasi-governmental agency to inspect and certify?
In fact much of the FMO publicity is inflated. After the first Liberty Village market, the official FMO spokesman claimed that "we had about a dozen vendors". Hmmm, when I dropped by I counted no more than half that number!
This market is not MyMarket, it's not even OurMarket. It's better described as an EgoMarket for the FMO, using our money. Simply have all produce carry a 'point of origin or source' label and let the consumer decide.