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People are shopping farmers’ markets and joining food co-ops at record numbers because they enjoy knowing who grows their food.

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More Americans than ever before are supporting their local food markets, and it’s not just because they believe the food is fresher and tastes better. According to a new University of Iowa study, people are shopping farmers’ markets and joining food co-ops at record numbers because they enjoy knowing who grows their food. These so-called