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Rick Worthington Healthy Food
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Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: April 09, 2018

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Mabel Dobbs hopes her granddaughters can take over her ranch one day, but she has doubts.

Dobbs got involved in ranching more than 30 years ago when she married her husband, and now owns land on the Oregon border in Weiser, about 75 miles north of Boise.

She's also a local organizer with the Idaho Organization of Resource Councils. Living through the farm crisis of the late 1980s, Dobbs has watched corporate producers take control of the ag market in recent decades, pushing out smaller players. But she says Americans' growing consideration of what they eat gives her hope.

"The individual's point of view – that I want something better than what I've been feeding my family, or I've been eating for my own health benefits – I think we see a change. In all of these little small towns around here, we have every summer, small farmers markets that run for six weeks, two months, which is a step in the right direction."

Christina Stucker-Gassi with I-O-R-C says the high costs of local and organic foods still stand in the way for many families on a budget.

"But a lot of research has been happening recently to show that nutrient density of fresh fruits and vegetables is actually able to offset the initial cost at the register, because you're getting better and more nutrients per serving."

She says smaller producers need to get organized...

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