Georgia Organics is a non-profit organization that works to integrate healthy, sustainable and locally grown food in to the lives of all Georgians. Each year Georgia Organics produces Local Food Guide, a tool for those seeking local and sustainable food across the state. Here are some interesting facts from this years guide.
$20 Billion – the amount Georgians spend on food annually , $16 Billion – the amount that goes to out of state producers
20% – the amount of US food that ends up in landfills
40% – the increase in the amount of antioxidants found in organic fruit and vegetables compared to non-organic
892% – the increase in the number of organic acreage in Georgia since 2004
$25 – the amount re-spent locally for every $100 spent at conventional grocery stores, $62 – the amount re-spent locally for every $100 spent at a farmers market
1500 – the average number of miles that food today travels from farm to plate
6th – Georgia’s rank in vegetable production in the US
2nd – Georgia’s rank in the nations childhood obesity rate
1.1 million – the number of barrels of oil that America’s oil consumption would be reduced by per week if every US citizen ate one local meal a week
6,132 – the number of farmers markets operating in the U.S. in 2010. A 16 % increase from 2009.
I think that the most impressive figure is 892%, the increase in the number of organic acreage in Georgia since 2004. This proves that organic foods are growing in demand. Which fact surprised you most?
Source: Georgia Organics