04 Aug '11, 10am

Great news, new report finds Farmers Markets could generate tens of thousands of new jobs

Farmers Markets Could Generate Tens of Thousands of New Jobs with Modest Federal Support, New Report Finds They’re Growing Nationally, but Federal Policies Favoring Industrial Agriculture Hold Them Back WASHINGTON (August 4, 2011) – Over the last several decades, thousands of farmers markets have been popping up in cities and towns across the country, benefiting local farmers, consumers and economies, but they could be doing a lot better, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). What’s holding farmers markets back? Federal policies that favor industrial agriculture at their expense. “On the whole, farmers markets have seen exceptional growth, providing local communities with fresh food direct from the farm,” said Jeffrey O’Hara, the author of the report and an economist with UCS’s Food and Environment Program. “But our federal food p...

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