Sales of ‘Local Foods’ Totals $4.8 Billion in 2008
Washington--A new USDA report reveals that sales of “local foods” totaled $4.8 billion in 2008, which is several times greater than earlier estimates. USDA predicts sales of local foods will total $7 billion this year.
The USDA report shows that the local food movement is dominated by fruit and vegetable growers. The report points out that 40 percent of vegetable, fruit and nut farms sell their products in local and regional markets, compared to 5 percent of other farms.