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U.S. fruit, veg farmers making $5 billion – report


November 16, 2011
By National Public Radio

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November 15, 2011 – It’s
easy to think of local food as a diversion for people with plenty of time and
money — something that could never be a major source of food in a globalized world.
But the number $5 billion might change that perception.

November 15, 2011 – It’s
easy to think of local food as a diversion for people with plenty of time and
money — something that could never be a major source of food in a globalized world.
But the number $5 billion might change that perception.

American farmers say
they’re selling $4.8 billion a year in fruits and vegetables in their local
markets, according to a new analysis by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Though the number of farmers’ markets doubled between 1998 and 2009, the bulk
of the new sales came from supermarkets and restaurants.

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