Americans Buying More Fresh Food

Staff Writer
Plus, more people are shopping at farmers markets
Fresh Vegetables Are on the Rise
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Fresh Vegetables Are on the Rise

If you thought everyone in America was living off ramen and McDonald's (I'm looking at you, France), perhaps it's time to think again. A new study from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation says that 68 percent of participants are eating more fresh fruits and vegetables than they were five years ago, the Washington Post reports.

Furthermore, 75 percent of Americans surveyed would support a program that provides food aid at farmers markets, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, aka food stamps).

Gardening is also fairly popular, with a little less than half the respondents saying they ate fruits and vegetables from their own garden. And anti-nanny state proponents aside, 81 percent of the participants believe that the government needs to do more to make local produce accessible. Something to think about with that Farm Bill reauthorization coming up.