How Locavore is Your State?

New England tops list. Texas dead last. Colorado in the middle.

StrollingHeifers-logoStrolling of the Heifers, a Vermont-based organization committed to slow food and also slow, sustainable living, has published a fascinating infographic ranking states according to their commitment to locavore eating. It is interesting to see how each of the 50 states ranks.

Interestingly, several states in the far north are at the top of the list, while Southern states occupy the bottom. Since I was raised in New England, I am happy that Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire, in the tradition of the old-time family farm occupied the top slots. So did  Oregon on the opposite coast. It is no surprise that Hawaii with its 12-month growing season rounds out the top five. Alaska, with a short growing season but long summer days (plus a lot of seafood) also ranks high.

LOCAVORE-INDEX-2014-INFOGRAPHICThe bottom five are Arkansas, Louisiana, Arizona, Nevada and Texas. Having gone on a locavore research trip to St. Tammany Parish on Louisiana’s North Shore a few years ago for a magazine feature and being an admirer of restaurateur/chef John Besh, I was (intentionally) given the impression that there is a lot of locally grown, locally fished, locally consumed food in the Pelican State.