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Friday, September 16, 2011

‘The Town That Food Saved’

The town of Hardwick, Vermont had been struggling since the early 20th century. That’s when the town’s granite industry saw a huge fall in demand as builders moved from using granite to concrete.

But in the past decade or so, young agricultural entrepreneurs decided to turn to local food to help revive the town’s fortunes.

But as Vermont farmer and freelance journalist Ben Hewitt chronicled in his new book “The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality In Local Food,” longtime residents including farmers and food producers were less than enthusiastic, much of the food was priced beyond their means and they felt threatened by the possible increase in land prices. “The Town That Food Saved” was released in paperback earlier this year.

This story originally aired in July, 2010.

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  • Anonymous

    I love this story. My wife is very much an advocate of sustainable and local gardening, where we live in West Virginia. This is an important issue, wherever you live, because we import so much of our vegetation and seafood from unstable regions of the world: http://michaelmaczesty.blogspot.com/2011/06/whos-watching-what-we-eat.html

  • Anonymous

    i love gardening especially locally grown veggies!

  • Dcasady

    Regarding Genetically Engineered Food, if it is so great and will feed the planet, why don’t Monsanto and others want it labeled?  The answer is that they know the polls show that people won’t buy GE food if it is labeled because they don’t trust it.   In 1992 the Food and Drug Administration made a finding that Genetically Engineered plants are not sustantially different from natural plants and therefore foods from Genetically Engineered plants do not have to be labeled.  But if Genetically Engineered plants are not substantially different, then how can they be patented.  All Genetically Engineered seeds are patented.  The truth is that with Genetically Engineered crops we are sowing the seeds of environmental destruction.  In Europe Genetically Engineered foods must be labeled.  People have a right to know what they are eating.  For more info go to the website, “Just Label It.”    Thanks,  Derek Casady, president, Truth in Labeling Coalition.

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