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 Poll: Mainers Making More Food Purchases Directly From Maine Farmers Minimize

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In May 2010, MOFGA commissioned an independent Portland firm to survey 400 likely Maine voters about how and why they buy local foods. The survey repeated three questions the firm asked in 2004.

The results not only tell why and how people buy local foods; they also highlight trends in these areas over the past six years.

For example, the number of respondents who purchased local food “somewhat often” or “very often” has increased from 43 to 53 percent in the last six years. Also, “Support local economy” has replaced “Price” as one of the top three motivations for choosing Maine food and farm products. The other top motivations remain the same – “Freshness” and “Help support local farmers” – although the number of respondents who want to “Help support local farmers” jumped from 22 to 49 percent.

The survey, partially funded by the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, will be repeated sometime in the next year to continue to look at trends in local foods purchases.

    

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