While the below facts are based on numbers from Indiana, other states are very similar. These are just some of the reasons why a focus on local food is very important.
  • “Indiana is the 10th largest farm state in the U.S., yet 90% of the food Indiana residents eat is sourced outside of the state. In particular, 98% of the fruits and vegetables Hoosiers eat were imported into Indiana.” — Ken Meter (Crossroads Resource Center), Hoosier Farmer Emergent Food Systems in Indiana (commissioned by IN State Dept. of Health), 2012
  • “ 10% = $1 billion. If we substituted 10% of our current at-home household food budget with locally grown and produced food, we would generate over a billion dollars of economic activity in Indiana. That’s just $458 per year per household.” — Jodee Ellett (Local Foods Coordinator, Purdue Extension), Purdue Extension Local Food Program info sheet, 2016
  • The #1 restaurant concept trend for 2017 is hyper-local ingredient sourcing. Three of the other top 10 trends revolve around local food: Environmental Sustainability (#4), Locally sourced produce (#5), Locally sourced meat and seafood (#6). — National Restaurant Association, What’s Hot 2017 Culinary Forecast
-Chris Knipstein
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