Farmers in Jackson and Bartholomew counties leave $31 million on the table, a table that could be better feeding the counties' residents and the local economy.
That projected income is a conservative estimate based on area consumers spending $5 per week to buy locally produced meat, fruits, vegetables and other consumable foods, said Ken Meter of the Crossroads Resource Center in Minneapolis.
"Local food is the best path toward economic recovery in the United States," Meter said. That would come by farmers in local communities capturing more of the food dollar for their own income.
An important result — and goal — of that would be healthier consumers.
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