Southern Foodscapes advocates for healthy, resilient and sustainable local food systems by educating, connecting and supporting entrepreneurs, consumers and all other stakeholders in a foodshed.
With a bewildering array of information and misinformation on the internet, consumers need clear, proven and non-dogmatic information to help them assess their food, garden and landscape choices and the claims of food providers and vendors.
These are not just buzzwords in a corporate report, they are values that consumers are increasingly demanding from the companies with which they do business.
- 77% of shoppers consider sustainability when shopping for food
- 74% prioritize locally produced food
- Shoppers are willing to pay a premium for food they perceive is higher quality. 4% of all food sales are now labelled organic, at a 20-25% premium (or more), and shoppers will also pay a premium for local food.
Locally sourced food can reduce a region’s environmental footprint, preserve local cultural flavor, provide fresher and more nutritious food for residents, and improve economic strength and resiliency. In the search for fresher, healthier and better tasting food, urban farming and gardening is coming to neighborhoods everywhere. Today, 37% of Americans grow at least some of their own food. And for those that don’t grow their own food, direct to consumer food sales have more than doubled in the last decade.