Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

In American South, Local Food Systems Key to Transition Away From Extractive Industries

The term "locavore" has become ubiquitous since appearing in the American vernacular about 10 years ago. It represents a rapidly growing movement of people choosing locally produced food rather than packaged goods that traveled hundreds of miles to market. Last year, the local-food economy was valued at nearly $12 billion. According to the Department of Agriculture, the number of farmers markets rose 76 percent from 2008 to 2014. Direct-to-consumer food sales increased threefold between 1992 and 2007, twice as fast as overall agricultural sales.

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