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Along with a social enterprise, the University of Manchester helped to create the success of a cooperative aimed at getting more organic growers across Greater Manchester to grow and supply vegetables and eggs to a stable public sector market in Manchester.
This allows money spent on buying vegetables to stay within the Manchester economy whilst reducing the impact that pesticides and fertilisers have on soil and water courses in the local area.
Through the University being a partner and reliable buyer, it has encouraged people to start up organic growing businesses, encouraged existing growers to go organic so they can make a fair living wage by getting paid for how long it takes to grow veg rather than basing it on farm gate and retail prices.
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