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Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Wed Sep 3, 2014 01:03 PM CDT

The local-food movement is pushing ahead in an unexpected place: Alaska.

Capitalizing on a generous school-lunch program and an initiative that doubles the value of food stamps at farmers' markets, activists are making progress in encouraging Alaskan farmers to grow more of the state's food.

According to the New York Times (http://tiny.cc/…), "Alaska is now 16th in the nation -- up 11 spots in the last two years -- in the Locavore Index created by a Vermont-based local-food advocacy group." The state, the Times says, "recently got its first food co-op, based here and offering 50% locally grown ...

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