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More Americans Grow Their Own Food in the Recession

June 15, 2009: 09:59 AM EST
More Americans are growing their own vegetables and other food as the recession bites and they have to cut down on food bills. Seed nurseries across the nation report a huge rise in sales of up to 75 percent over 2008. Part of the increase is due to disease outbreaks such as E.coli and salmonella. Many of the customers are in their 20s and 30s and almost all are men. Wal-Mart Stores reports an increase in seed sales of up to 30 percent, matched by rises in seed-starting supplies and herbs.
Adrian Higgins, "Demand For Vegetable Seed On The Rise", Washingtonpost.com , June 15, 2009, © The Washington Post Company
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