This morning, Tim Carman for the The Washington Post reported great news from a new W.K. Kellogg Foundation Survey: Three quarters of Americans say they would support a national program that would double Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as SNAP or Food Stamp) benefits at farmers markets. And that's not all!
- 70 percent of respondents said they have purchased fresh produce from a farmers market or stand in the past year
- 68 percent of those surveyed say they eat more whole grains, fruits and vegetables than they did five years ago
- 63 percent of respondents say they know a lot or a little about where their fresh fruits and vegetables come from.
- 89 percent say their source for fresh fruits and vegetables is within walking distance or is a short drive away.
- 45 percent say they acquired fresh fruits and/or vegetables from their own garden within the past year.
- 93 percent say they think it’s “very important” or “somewhat important” to “make sure all Americans have equal access to fresh fruits and vegetables.”
- 64 percent say it’s “very important” that produce be grown in an “environmentally friendly way.
- 64 percent say it’s “very important” or “somewhat important” that produce be organic.
- 83 percent of those surveyed strongly or partly agree that “Washington, D.C., should shift its support more toward smaller, local fruit and vegetable farmers and away from large farm businesses."