Co-ops, farmers markets sustain a healthy food economy | Health And Wellness

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The Great Barrington Farmers’ Market plays host to many of the same vendors that are supported by Berkshire Food Co-op and Wild Oats.  

PITTSFIELD — Lisa McDougall calls herself a “big fan” of the Wild Oats cooperative market in Williamstown.

But she’s not your typical fan. As owner of Mighty Food Farm in Shaftsbury, Vt., McDougall has a vested interest in the symbiotic relationship between her farm, Wild Oats, and the customers who buy her certified organic fruits and vegetables, both at the co-op and the Williamstown Farmers Market.

“If they succeed, I succeed, and if I succeed,

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Global food prices surge again, stoking inflation fears | Business and Economy News

Concerns are growing over surging food prices, which climbed for the 12th month straight in May, according to a United Nations gauge.

Global food prices extended their rally to the highest in almost a decade, heightening concerns over bulging grocery bills as economies struggle to exit the Covid-19 crisis.

A United Nations gauge of world food costs climbed for a 12th straight month in May, its longest stretch in a decade. The continued advance risks accelerating broader inflation, complicating central banks efforts to provide more stimulus.

Drought in key Brazilian growing regions is crippling crops from corn to coffee, and

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