Part of remaking our economy is paying for quality. The Vermont iHOP charges .99 to serve Vermont made maple syrup rather than corn syrup. For me, and the writer of this NY Times story, that’s a reasonable price to pay.
What interests me is how paying local farmers a fair amount for their efforts results in a stronger local economy, because farmers are no longer impoverished by working. I don’t think anyone knows how this is going to play out, but I have a hard time not believing that most of us (the workers, on many levels) will benefit from more rational pricing. Eventually.