Vermont Local Food Consumption Passes 2020 Target

Vermont Farm to Plate Network announced at its annual Farm to Plate Gathering that local food and beverage consumption by Vermonters increased to 12.9%, in 2017, surpassing a target goal of reaching 10% by 2020. The research on local food and beverage consumption in Vermont was conducted by David Conner, University of Vermont associate professor with expertise in the economics of sustainable food systems. He found that this greater-than-anticipated increase in consumption resulted in 6,559 net new jobs and 742 net new businesses created from 2010-2017. However, Jake Claro, Farm to Plate Network director, pointed out, “We are still too reliant on food grown and distributed from outside our region if only $289 million of $2.24 billion is spent on local food and beverages in our state.”