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Study: Food hubs' support for local economy is mixed

Posted: January 30, 2014

As the consumer appetite for locally sourced food products increases, so has interest in “food hubs” that facilitate the purchase, marketing and distribution of agricultural products within a region. But what is their economic value? A three-year study by Cornell researchers suggests that growth in these local farm aggregation and distribution businesses may provide economic benefits to local communities, but that some other businesses may suffer.