Thursday, November 17, 2011

'Locally grown' food a $4.8 billion business

Attention "local food" advocates: Your movement has become big business.

The California Farm Bureau Federation reports:

Those of us who live on the West Coast are more likely to purchase locally grown food than people in most other parts of the country, according to a study that tracks the growth of local food sales. The report says the marketing of local foods grossed nearly $4.8 billion a year nationwide. Farms on the West Coast accounted for nearly one-quarter of the nation's local-food sales. Consumers in metropolitan areas and in the Northeast also bought local food at a higher-than average rate.

The Capital Press offers more details (via AP) here.

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