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Last month, the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund released the Farm to Plate annual report. The document included some interesting and encouraging information about Vermont’s food system:
- 4,189 new food systems jobs were created between 2009 and 2013. That’s a 7.2% increase!
- More businesses are sourcing local food, including Sodexo which spent $3.2 million on local food and UVM Medical Center which spend $1.6 million on local food in 2014.
- Since 2009, the number of food manufacturing firms have seen a 37% increase!
Read more of the report HERE.
In a recent report, the USDA explored the local and regional food systems that exist throughout the country. It detailed the latest economic information on local producers and consumers and identified policies that could support local growth.
As the USDA’s blog notes, “Such up-to-date information on local foods is critical for understanding the evolution, growth and effects of local and regional food systems.”
Read a summary of the report at the USDA’s blog here or take a look at the report itself here.
Central Vermont continues to have significant ties to the agricultural and forest‐based economies. In addition to direct economic contribution, farms and forests helps to define the Region’s cultural identity and provides Central Vermont residents with open space, recreational opportunities, aesthetic pleasure, and a sense of place.
Check out this snapshot of Central Vermont’s food systems, including agriculture data and economic trends!