A typical piece of produce at Weis or Giant traveled 2,000 miles to get there. At Broad Street or the West Shore Farmers’ Market, it’s more like 20.
A survey reported this month by the Food Marketing Institute shows consumers less likely to trust supermarket products. Done in the aftermath of the spinach scare, the survey found “the number of consumers ‘completely’ or ‘somewhat confident’ in the safety of supermarket food declined from 82 percent in 2006 to 66 percent.”
That’s the lowest point since the apple /pesticide scare.
Overall, it’s a boost for local food and farmers’ markets. (Thanks to nutrition prof Ruth Anne McGinley at HACC for the slideshow link.)
More stuff from the survey … people who responded tend to …
• Cook more and eat out less, cited by 69 percent of those surveyed.
• Eat more leftovers or use leftovers to make other meals, 62 percent.
• Purchase more grocery store brand items as opposed to national brand items, 56 percent.
• Purchase fewer food items overall, 40 percent.
• Buy more canned, frozen or boxed food as opposed to fresh food, 30 percent.
• Purchase more prepared meals from the grocery store rather than going out, 21 percent