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Forsyth Co. growing its local-food movement

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Forsyth County is well-poised for continued growth in the local food movement, according to a report released this week by Forsyth Futures.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that residents surveyed for the report said the biggest step forward would be to get more locally grown food into grocery stores.

Forsyth Futures, a nonprofit that researches community issues, examined the local food industry in Forsyth and surrounding counties from May to December last year. Its report shows a movement with a great deal of support, room to grow and potential for wide-reaching impact.

“Local food really touches every aspect of the community,” said Mari Krane, Forsyth Futures data and research director, according to the Journal.

The local food industry has the potential to drive economic development, the report said. In 2007, $2.3 million of local raw agricultural products were sold directly from the producer to the consumer in the Forsyth County region, the report found.

If residents in the region spent just 5 percent of their food expenditures for meat, dairy and fruits and vegetables on locally produced foods, it would allow nearly $12 million to stay in the region, the report said.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal.