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Farmers Market Fraud?


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Customers shop for fresh vegetables at a farmers market on March 16, 2011 in San Francisco.
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Customers shop for fresh vegetables at a farmers market on March 16, 2011 in San Francisco.

How can you be sure those cherries or plums from the farmers market are really local or organic? Last year, a TV station in Los Angeles found vendors making false claims -- including stalls selling produce bought from wholesalers. We discuss new proposals to increase enforcement, and find out how consumers can ensure they're getting the genuine artichoke.

Host: Rachael Myrow

Guests:

  • Ben Feldman, program manager for farmers markets with the Ecology Center
  • Claudia Reid, policy director for California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF)
  • David Karp, author of the "Market Watch" column for the Los Angeles Times' food section
  • Noelle Cremers, director of natural resources and commodities for the California Farm Bureau Federation

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