The W.H.Kellogg Foundation recently did a survey and found that a huge majority of Americans (about 90%!) think that equal access to fresh vegetables for Americans is important. Another majority believes that American SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) should be doubled at farmers markets. Your $1 food stamp at the corner bodega would be worth $2 at the city farmers market. That’s a huge push to get underprivileged Americans to eat fresh and healthy – something that many have argued is unaffordable when you’re living close to or below the poverty line.
Other great news to come out of this survey is that 70% of those surveyed said they had bought fresh produce from a farmers’ market or stand in the past year, and almost 70% said they ate more whole grains, fruits and vegetables than they did five years ago. Although obesity is a huge epidemic in America, this could signal that people recognize the need to solve the problem.
While this was a small survey (800 people), it shows positive changes in Americans views of the importance of fresh and local for for all Americans, which if you ask us, can only signal good things to come.
View a great infograph showing more results from the study (we love a good infograph!).