Today it was reported that Gwendolyn Hustvedt, a professor of “fashion merchandising” at Texas State, has received a $140,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study “locally produced, certified organic, environmentally friendly or “all natural” animal fibers.”

The San Antonio Business Journal notes: “One of the goals of Hustvedt’s work is to develop marketing plans for Southern animal fiber producers to effectively promote the maximum benefit of products made from locally grown, sustainable animal fiber — including wool, mohair and alpaca.

Perhaps this research is very worthwile and will produce commercial dvididends for producers of these fibers, but if so, why shouldn’t it be funded by the private sector rather than taxpayers?

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