When the body of a man who created an umbrella organization
for farmers markets
is found in a cottage country river, two renowned but aging detectives, Tiger
Cohen and Willy Fassbender, are called out of retirement to investigate what
the local police believe is a homicide.
The chief suspect is Cornelius Cobb, an ethically challenged produce re-seller
who is president of a dysfunctional farmers market that bullies its vendors
and deceives its customers. Cobb has ties to a shady organization that buys
farmland for the purpose of killing off small farmers, growing genetically
modified crops, and controlling the world's food supply.
While caught up in a food political struggle with international ramifications,
Tiger and Willy find themselves competing for information with bumbling federal
agents and officious market inspectors.
Tiger's task is complicated when he
realizes that he himself is the target of a murder investigation by a visiting
officer from across the border.
Why I Had to Write This Book:Food Fraud & The Subversion of Market Democracy
I have been a vendor at numerous farmers markets in Ontario for 20 years.
I have served on two market boards and was president of one of them for five
years (Rosseau). My book draws on the experiences of those years.
All across Ontario (and, I presume, right across Canada),
Markets that should be exercises in democracy, and run for the social & economic good
of the community, are instead hijacked to serve the interests of a few. Democracy is
corrupted, competition is controlled, the public is cheated, the local economy is
At least two markets, those of Gravenhurst and Rosseau, are fake co-operatives.
They are fake co-ops harbouring fake farmers. Town governments collude: in spite of
the fact that the problems are well documented (including in a CBC Market Place report),
the towns continue to renew the leases for the land these markets meet on.
More on this will be posted as time allows.