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Today people care more about where their food comes from and how it is grown than ever before. At one time no one worried about the pesticides and ingredients in the food we ate. However, more people are looking for food that is organic. Backyard Chicken Run helps feed into that trend, reports Lake Zurich Patch.

Emrich, a former investment manager, started Backyard Chicken Run two years ago. He delivers organic feed and other products to the doorsteps of chicken keepers.

Most of Emrich’s customers are in Chicago, but he also has customers in Oak Park, Evanston, Winnetka and other suburbs.

“One of my customers in Winnetka said at her country club, all the women are now keeping chickens,” Emrich said. Emrich has a distribution site in Lake Zurich and his business is growing.

Emrich’s investment in sustainability doesn’t end with backyard chickens. He is involved in impact investing, which is in an opportunity to help businesses with sustainable and environmental goals while realizing a profit.

“I’ve been doing a lot of research and I think the sustainable food movement might be the best investment of the decade,” he said.

“I think Madison Avenue and Wall Street are going to miss this completely,” Emrich said. He said the local food movement consists of many small businesses, spread out across the country, that are cooperative, rather than competitive, in nature.

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Originally posted by Angela Shupe on January 1, 2014 in News.


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