#7 story of 2009: Locally grown food movement expands - The Packer

#7 story of 2009: Locally grown food movement expands

01/04/2010 11:58:22 AM
Dan Galbraith

Speakers also raved about how locally grown produce on restaurant menus helped buoy foodservice sales mostly flailing because of the recession.

In fact, a summer survey suggested locally grown as one of the top trends in the restaurant industry.

According to a survey commissioned by Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill and conducted by Harris Interactive, half of adults said it was important for restaurants in their local areas to purchase produce from local farms. A majority said they were more likely to dine at restaurants that purchased produce locally.

Also, after declining for more than a century, the number of small farms has increased 20% in the past six years, to 1.2 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

No matter how the locally grown movement expands or contracts in the future, most agree — selling, buying and consuming more locally grown produce is good for nearly everyone.

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