The phenomenal growth of farmers’ markets across Australia provides an obvious focus for PGS, because they are local, and provide a good basis for community building, and may include growers, consumers, local governments and social or environmental interest groups.
A significant reversal is occurring in the Australian countryside. For many years, the number of productive farms was reducing. Land units were either amalgamated into larger entities or converted into ‘rural living’ or ‘lifestyle’ properties. Production usually plummeted or disappeared altogether.