Food in your country is probably crap if… people shop weekly rather than daily

I live in a city called Perth in Western Australia (population is 1.6 million).  We have a lot of land and a great climate.  We have the kind of climate that southern Europeans make use of to provide nice fresh vegetables and fruit every day.

Instead of taking advantage of our climate, we in Perth have laws keeping supermarkets shut on weeknights and on Sundays.  So, even though we have a geographic advantage, we legally prevent ourselves from using it.  Perth residents tend to go shopping once a week – they buy a big trolley full of canned and frozen rubbish.  Then, all week they have a diet of rubbish, like they are on some sort of demented camping trip in their own homes.

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these vegies will be ruined by the time you eat them

It would be nice if we could change the laws but a bizarre coalition of jesus freaks and closet communists are in the way.  Apparently, removing our current bizarre laws and introducing normal shopping to Perth is some sort of imperialist counter revolutionary subversion.

Kim Jong Il and Fidel Castro may be ailing but their attitude to free enterprise is alive and well in Western Australian shopping restrictions!

I can remember listening to US Forces radio in Japan (Eagle 810) and they had a segment explaining to the forces that Japanese families liked to buy a smaller basket of goods each day so that vegetables, fruit and fish were in their prime.  That was why Japan had so many smaller, convenient stores, they said.  The guy on the radio encouraged people to try it, as it makes your meals tastier and healthier.  It is a shame that this kind of thing is illegal where I live.  Despite the great climate, Perth people have to eat as if they lived in the Arctic circle. 

It is not only wacky local shopping laws – many people actually choose to do a single weekly shop.  This means that for the second half of the week, everything you eat is past its prime.  Not only that but fish off the menu.

In countries where food is good, it is very rare to see a single big visit to the supermarket.  If that is what happens in your community, there is a fair bet that food in your country is crap.

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