Arizona Named One of the Worst States to Eat Locally

Categories: Wake Up Call

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Evie Carpenter
Arizona can't really be that bad for locavores, can it?
The number of local organic farmers seems to be on the uptick every time we hit a farmers market, but, according to a Vermont-based local food advocacy group, our state is one of the absolute worst when it comes to eating locally. In fact, the only states worse than Arizona on the index are Nevada and Texas.

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Strolling of the Heifers released its Locavore Index for 2014, and let's just say Arizona didn't score too well. As 49 of 51 (with Washington, D.C., getting a spot on the list), it seems our state is a pretty crummy place for people who like to eat local. Over the past three years, Arizona stayed consistently in 49th place, with last year jumping to 48th place only to fall back again this year.

The index measures factors like the number of farmers markets, CSAs, and food hubs per capita as well as the percentage of school districts in each state that have farm-to-school programs. Arizona has 83 farmers markets, which isn't the lowest on the list, but the 30 percent of school districts with farm-to-school programs is pretty sad.

The top states to eat locally include Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Hawaii.

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Dan Moody
Dan Moody

You're kidding. There isn't a ton of local produce growing in a desert, you say? I suppose next we shall read stories that it's tough to make sand castles in the Everglades.

Pam Selthun
Pam Selthun

Huh? After Scottsdale was #2 in the nation?

Candice Carroll
Candice Carroll

I know it's all I eat. I seems to find it pretty decently - it's no vt San Fran or Oregon but it's better than nj.

Tony Morales
Tony Morales

I'm confused as to how districts with farm to school programs has anything to do directly with eating locally

Billy Chew
Billy Chew

The school percentage is what made us rank so low as state not the farmers markets or people who eat 80% local. Some of our 83 farmers markets in our state need to focus more on vegetables and less on candles soaps and crafts. The outrageous prices don't help either. I know it's local and costs more to do but when organic California stuff is cheaper than local grown questionable organic produce then what do you do.

Kimberli Baker
Kimberli Baker

Well, except Scottsdale of course. I saw the poll.

Jon Schwenn
Jon Schwenn

Hmm. I get my fresh local veggies delivered. One off Veteran buddy's started www.realfoodcentral.com

Zulema Rodriguez
Zulema Rodriguez

Saw this and strongly disagree!! Justin Stapleton and I eat local 80% of the time!!

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