A general observation, a bit of a rant and some questions.... Australia has a significant beef, lamb, sea-food and wine industry. In the mid-2000s I started noticing the prices of these item begin to increase pretty rapidly. Having traveled, I started noticing prices of Australian wines, beef and lamb in foreign countries to be lower than the prices in Australia. I can't understand how that is even possible. In the US, local produce(meat & veggies) seems to be extremely cheap, which makes sense to me. Does anyone have any theories as to why/how a locally produced item would be cheaper in foreign countries? Side Topic: Pontiacs used to be manufactured in Australia, and they used to be exported and sold in the US for cheaper than in Australia!!! (They aren't manufactured in Australia anymore).