The W.K. Kellogg Foundation asked people around the nation about their views on fresh produce. The results are encouraging.

  • 75 percent of people say they would like the value of SNAP benefits to be doubled when used at farmers markets. This would benefit both low-income families and local farm economies.
  • 89 percent of people strongly or partly agree that communities should play a role in ensuring local fresh food is accessible. They believe the communities should be more responsible than the federal government and the state government.
  • 88 percent of people say they would pay $1.50 more a month in taxes if it meant that it guaranteed the workers harvesting the produce were paid fairly. However, only 60 percent said it’s important that the fresh produce they buy is harvested by someone who is paid a fair wage.
  • 45 percent say they grow some of their own food.
  • 68 percent are eating more whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables than they were just five years ago.

I find the results of this survey encouraging because it says to me the message that fixing our food system is all encompassing is getting out there to the mainstream. It’s not just a message about organic food anymore. It’s about everyone having access to healthy food. It’s about recognizing that the local farmers and the harvesters are an important part of the picture. And, it’s about actually changing eating habits. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Most people want equal access for all to good food
A new survey reveals that people want produce that is healthy, affordable, green and fair – and they want equal access for all.