Reading frequently asked questions about Food Traceability, on Quora
Reading frequently asked questions about Produce Traceability Initiative, on Quora
This is a nice article talking about how major retailers are taking notice of small local farms due to consumer demand. Demand is good for pricing, so long as people continue to support local farmers markets in additional to mainstream retail.
Very interesting read from the Mercatus Center.
Background on the Mercatus Center from their website:
"For over 25 years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has been the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real world problems.
A university-based research center, Mercatus works to advance knowledge about how markets work to improve our lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying sound economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems.
Our mission is to generate knowledge and understanding of how institutions affect the freedom to prosper and find creative solutions to overcome barriers that prevent individuals from living free, prosperous, and peaceful lives.
The Mercatus Center is located on George Mason University’s Arlington campus and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.”
We have a Ning Network set up because many of the small local growers do not have a webpage but they do have Twitter and Facebook. With this new Ning network, these small farmers are able to set up their own Ning page (free of course) and use that as their url (Webpage) in their Top10Fresh.com Profile.
Also, this Ning network allows them to sell produce through their webpage and to chat with their customers through Facebook, Twitter, and Blog Posts. They can take credit cards at farmers markets using Square. They have full Traceability for the wholesale market through Top 10 Produce LLC and we are launching traceability for farmer’s markets for just one penny per item starting in April.
It is a good time to own a small sustainable farm.
We also have some exciting news about our mobile application, coming soon!
Wal-Mart has been leading the sustainability movement in the produce industry. Just goes to show that sometimes help arrives from a source you would not expect.
Wal-Mart’s efforts are appreciated.
Here is a fantastic article by a journalist who clearly sees the big picture. This article distills this concept down into the clearest terms I have seen, anywhere. Much clearer than our own website, in fact…
There are some really talented writers covering these issues, and that is going to be what makes the difference in bringing about change.