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Ideas for a Better Food System :: Processing

Process Locally and Cooperatively

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In an area of the country where modern agriculture has devastated rural communities, the women of the Georgia Southern Alternatives Agriculture Co-op (SAAC) are independently processing and selling their locally grown pecans as a way of providing jobs for young women in the community.

In 2006, the co-op began working with the Equal Exchange Domestic Fair Trade program to package and ship pecans all over the United States. Their pecans are sold in places like food co-ops.


Kim Nochi wrote this article in the series New (and Old) Ideas for a Better Food System as part of Food for Everyone, the Spring 2009 issue of YES! Magazine. Kim is an editorial intern at YES! Magazine.
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