09 Aug '11, 3pm

Farmers markets spur job growth, new report finds

Farmers markets spur job growth, new report finds

Along with the USDA's new statistics, the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released an report finding that farmers markets could be a much-needed antidote to high unemployment. Their economic analysis found that even modest public support for up to 500 farmers markets annually would create up to 13,500 jobs in a five-year window, bolstering local and regional food systems. "On the whole, farmers markets have seen exceptional growth, providing local communities with fresh food direct from the farm," says Jeffrey O'Hara, the author of the report and an economist with UCS's Food and Environment Program. "But our federal food policies are working against them." He adds that tens of thousands more new jobs could be created if the government would just divert a small fraction of the subsidies that are currently doled out to industrial farms to farmers markets.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/money/green-workplace/stories/farmers-...

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