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for Independent Weekly Vol. 25 Issue 19, May 2008
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Demand is high in the Triangle area for locally raised organic meat and eggs and organic locally produced breads, but there is a lack of organic grain in the state. This lack of organic grain has prenvented small producers from serving the organic foods market. North Carolina State University is attempting to turn this trend around by using two recent grants to promote organic grain production. Local farmers talk about the lack of organic grain in the state and how the NC State program is helping them change that problem.
Roadblocks in the food supply chain prevent much of North Carolina’s agricultural products from being sold in the Triangle area. The Triangle area is better at providing local options than many places, but eating local food takes work on behalf of consumers and suppliers. The lack of infrastructure to help small and mid-sized producers get their food products to local markets is holding is preventing local food options from making it to consumers, but local farmers, agriculture support organizations, and the state government are working to make the process smoother. Examples of the progress are detailed.