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How Ice Cream Could Save the Economy




FOOD FOR THOUGHT FOOD + FARMING FROM TOM PHILPOTT

 

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June 13, 2012

 

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How Ice Cream Could Save the Economy

Every other Saturday in the winter, I head out to a bustling local-food bazaar, the pickup site of the multi-farm CSA I help run in North Carolina's Appalachian Mountains. A few weeks ago, I watched customers marvel over the spread: bok choy, kale, potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, garlic, free-range eggs, pasture-raised meat, freshly baked bread, and more. The rest of Appalachia, where the economy still sucks, seemed a world away. I couldn't help but wonder if the answer to at least some of our jobs woes didn't lie right in front of me.

So I did some digging, and I found out that local food initiatives really do have a shot at making a difference in the economy—if they're done right. The good news is that a few people have figured out a model that seems to work. To read about these pioneering projects (including a very cool ice cream collaborative), click here. [READ MORE]

 

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