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Food Safety Opens New Markets for Small Farms, Study Finds

A study by Cornell University found that small-scale farmers who are educated in food safety and develop a food-safety plan have new markets opened to them. The study showed that although the relative cost burden for implementing food safety plans is higher for smaller-scale producers, they enjoy more relative benefits of increasing sales to new markets and buyers. “The study highlights the value of food safety to all farmers,” said co-author Elizabeth Bihn. “It’s great to know that by investing in food safety, you are actually getting a market benefit.”