I ate a green salad in the middle of Europe recently. It was fresh; the leaves were picked within a few hours of them being in my mouth. It was local produce of a kind that is very hard to get in my own country these days. On the supermarket shelves we have salad leaves that come from exotic places and these make dull salad, as though the effort and energy expended on getting them from far off lands onto my table has taken all the taste out of them. Even fruits taste dull. These year cherries taste of water and even those English strawberries lack taste.
The farmers are complaining that they are producing milk at below cost. Good quality English milk costs in my local supermarket around £1 a litre, although I do not know and I cannot find out how much of that £1 gets into the hands of the farmer who produced that excellent milk. Ultimately, the end user has to be to blame for the low price that farmers receive. They are quite happy to buy milk from anywhere at very low prices and are often attracted into a supermarket because milk may be very cheap there.
I ate a water melon yesterday. It was described as an organic product (I have yet to see an inorganic water melon) but when I cut it open I found it had an unusually thin skin. It was described as a product from outside the European Union. It had little taste.