On The Radio – Iowa ranks 14th nationally on local food index


Locavore Index Index graphic 2016 final
(Strolling of the Heifers)
Jenna Ladd | July 11, 2016

This week’s On The Radio segment covers the state of Iowa’s slip from the top on the national local food index.

Transcript: Iowa ranks 14th nationally on local food index

The local food scene in Hawkeye State has slipped over the past four years according to a report by a Vermont-based food advocacy organization.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Strolling of the Heifers – a Vermont-based, non-profit food advocacy organization released its annual “Locavore Index” last month. The index uses several factors to measure the strength of a state’s local foods scene, including number of farmers markets, number of community supported agriculture – or CSA – programs, and direct-to-the-public food sales revenue from farms.

Iowa ranked 14th on the 2016 index, a slip of one spot from the state’s 13th place finish in 2015. The Hawkeye State has gradually slipped event year since the Locavore Index was first released in 2012, when Iowa finished second.

For more information and for a complete list of the 2016 rankings and for information on farmers markets near you, visit Iowa-Environmental-Focus-dot-org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.

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