Economy Forward: Rising Local Food Sales

Nov 15, 2011 8:39 PM

" It's just good for the community, it's the best health care plan you can get is eating good local food", said Earl Bloor, publisher of Edible Shasta-Butte magazine. And good local food is one thing the north state is well known for. It's something Earl Bloor covers in almost every article printed in his magazine Edible Shasta-Butte, which celebrates the abundance of the north state season by season. And new studies are showing buying and eating locally grown foods is catching on. " Young people are really getting into this, they understand that it's up to us to save this planet", explained Bloor.
According to a new analysis by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, American farmers say they're selling 4.8-billion dollars a year worth of fruits and vegetables in their local markets. And restaurants and store markets like Chico Natural Foods Cooperative are helping support the sales. " We really should be growing it here because we can and we have so many talented people who are out of work right now", said Lauren Kennedy from Chico Natural Foods Cooperative.
During prime harvest seasons, 50 percent of the fruits and vegetables sold at Chico Natural Foods Cooperative is grown locally. " There's a movement back toward the smaller family farm which is making local food production more available again", said Ron Toppi, from the Chico Natural Foods Cooperative, and the Chico G.R.U.B Cooperative.
Studies also show that the number of farmers markets have doubled in the U.S. In the last 10 years. Many are hoping buying locally from farmers, locally supportive grocery stores and farmers markets will continue to grow and that the trend is here to stay. " We can create a strong local economy and not have to depend on the bigger system", said Toppi.


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