My Top 10 Best (and Worst) States to Buy and Eat Local

"Strolling of the Heifers", a Vermont-based local food advocacy group, has released its third annual Locavore Index, a state-by-state ranking of commitment to local foods.

The 2014 Locavore Index incorporates four measures for which current data is available for all states…..

The Components of the Index are:

Farmers markets, which are generally cooperative efforts to market locally produced food in a central location where consumers can select and purchase food from multiple farm enterprises.

CSAs (consumer-supported agriculture), which are cooperative agreements between farmers and consumers; consumers buy shares in a farm’s output, and have some say in what is grown.

Farm-to-School programs, in which schools buy and feature locally produced, farm-fresh foods.

Food hubs, which are facilities that handle the aggregation, distribution and marketing of foods from a group of farms and food producers in a region.

Top 10 Best States to Buy and Eat Local

1. Vermont
(although it did raise an eyebrow that a Vermont organization created the list, it is possible
that their state is number one because they determined the measurement criteria)

2. Maine
3. New Hampshire
4. Oregon

(Oregon was one of five states I lived in the last 5 years, and always tell people
back in Chicago how amazing and available local produce is,
read more)

5. Hawaii
6. Rhode Island
7. North Dakota
8. Wisconsin
9. Montana
10. Iowa

Bottom 10 Worst States to Buy and Eat Local
(51 rankings because D.C. is included)

51. Texas
50. Nevada
49. Arizona
48. Louisiana
47. Arkansas
46. Oklahoma
45. Mississippi

44. Illinois
I'm originally from Chicago… Illinois, I still love you, but I'm disappointed in you ūüôĀ

43. Utah
42. Alabama

To see where all states ranked, and more detail on how the Locavore Index ranking is created,
go here

~stay healthy~

 

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