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The New York Times has a piece about how the definition and delivery of community-supported agriculture (CSA) models have changed as consumer demand for such services has "ballooned." According to the Times, new ideas for connecting farms with consumers have meant that "online hubs are using sophisticated distribution technology to snap into the food chain, often using 'CSA' to describe what they deliver ... As the 'farm share' concept has spread, the CSA has become just another part of the sprawling, messy modern system of knowing where your food comes from and choosing what you want to eat."

Which means the traditional retailers can become part of the CSA system ... or can find newly aggressive CSA models competing against them more effectively. It also means that traditional farmers may find their approaches to be under attack.

"The organic farm boxes you buy online may or may not be local," the Times writes. "Local farm boxes may or may not be organic. The farmers may or may not be paid more than wholesale prices. And customers may or may not care."

You can read the entire story here.
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