Market Forces: Creating Jobs through Public Investment in Local and Regional Food Systems

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Market Forces: Creating Jobs through Public Investment in Local and Regional Food Systems

“As they grow, local and regional food systems create jobs and raise incomes in the areas they serve, keeping customers’ food dollars active in the local economy as farmers increase spending on inputs and equipment to meet growing demand.

Local food outlets can also become catalysts for economic development in their immediate surroundings: people who shop at farmers markets are likely to patronize neighboring businesses as well.

The benefits can be substantial: according to the report, modest public support for up to 500 farmers markets each year could create as many as 13,500 jobs over a five-year period.”

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