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  •  If anyone needs to reinvent themselves (6+ / 0-)

    It's Michigan.

    But I just LOVE the movement afoot that takes Michigan out of the Crack Dealer Clutches of the Auto Industry, and at least toward "diversity."

    Food companies big and small are buying ingredients from Michigan farmers for their products, and state agencies are reporting increased calls from others that want to do so.

    Experts say there are many reasons for the uptick: The state's location -- in the middle of the country and relative closeness to the large East Coast market -- makes transportation costs cheaper; Michigan-based processing companies' are loyal to local businesses; and increasing consumer demand for locally grown food.

    An exact figure for how much of Michigan's $71.3 billion agribusiness industry comes from sales of Michigan farm products to food companies is unavailable. But Christine Lietzau of the Michigan Department of Agriculture said the industry's 12 percent revenue growth from 2006 to 2007 can be attributed, at least partly, to more companies buying food from local farmers.

    To say nothing of the fact that Michigan is fast becoming the restuarant destination for the new age economy, as well as the new source for some of the planet's best wines.

    Now that's pickin' yourself up by your bootstraps - in a way that's TAsTY!

    "Congress ... please tell me I don't have to shriek louder than they do to get health care reform passed."

    by Detroit Mark on Sat Oct 24, 2009 at 02:08:27 PM PDT

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