Texas ranks lowest in supporting locally grown food, Smith County thinks otherwise


POSTED: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 5:48pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 6:03pm

We've all heard the slogan, "think globally, act locally", and many states are applying this to "eat local" campaigns. So a study, the 2014 Locavore Index, ranked every state in the nation, and found Texas was the least* supportive of locally grown foods.

KETK spoke with Judy Golden, an employee of the "Tomato Shed", who said, "I don't understand that because there's too many farmers in Texas". Like Golden, many do not agree with the stud since Texas is the largest producer of cattle, and third largest crop producer. For a full list of the rankings, click: http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/07/state-supports-local-foods/ .

Over the last couple years, East Texas has greatly expanded local farmers markets. Golden said, "The fruits and vegetables are beautiful, they taste great, and people will come in and say what a difference there is between those and the store bought ones. There's just a world of difference in the taste". Some even make specific road trips to pick up the treats. One customer said, "I like the roadside stands and stuff, you know? It brings back memories and it makes it feel more like home to me".

Not to mention there are countless benefits for eating locally. These include:

  1. Boosting the local economy
  2. Fresher fruits and veggies
  3. Better flavor
  4. Keeping local farmers in business
  5. Building a more connected community

Golden would like all to remember, "Support your local growers, your local markets, and your local little stands like this".  

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