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The The Raleigh News & Observer has a fascinating story about what it calls the North Carolina "pork-to-Japan pipeline," which, it says, "is a prime example of how the global marketplace shapes North Carolina far beyond the potent Research Triangle Park. Late last year, in a decade-long trend, pork from North Carolina jumped ahead of tobacco as the state’s top direct export to Japan — topping $250 million.

"North Carolinians no longer manufacture as many tables, towels or bluejeans as they once did. But the world buys the state’s food, which generates jobs and income. That has helped cement agriculture as a leading state industry that accounts for almost one of every five paychecks."

It is worth reading here.
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