24 Aug '11, 10am

Farmers Markets have Potential for Exponential Growth & Job Creation

Farmers Markets have Potential for Exponential Growth & Job Creation

If you’ve noticed more farmers markets around in recent years, you aren’t imagining things — local farmers markets in the U.S. doubled from 2,863 in 2000 to 6,132 in 2010 and over 100,000 farmers are selling their products to customers directly. So says an eye-opening report released this month by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) entitled Market Forces: Creating Jobs through Public Investment in Local and Regional Food Systems . The report shows that moderate assistance from the federal government would go a long way in helping grow and maintain vibrant, economically stable local and regional food systems. This proliferation was not bolstered by federal spending. In fact, the report states quite the opposite, that USDA invested $13.7 billion on commodity, crop insurance and supplemental disaster assistance payments that aided big industrial farms. When it came to lo...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/08/farmers-markets-conti...

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