Facebook answers show the impact of Athens’ local food economy

Families that have lived in Athens for generations and students that spend a mere four years have always held a special place for the town in their hearts.

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Over the last few decades, the city’s residents and business leaders have taken drastic measures to create more sustainable living with locally produced foods. Local producers collaborate with restaurants and grocery stores like Kroger to discover local foods and support small area businesses.

Locals have long been supportive of this movement. In fact, it’s one of the things people say they admire most about Athens.

We encouraged Facebook users to share their thoughts on locally produced foods and how it impacts food-buying decisions.

Facebook thoughts on locally produced foods

 

The majority favored locally-owned businesses more than chain restaurants, mostly due to our variety of local eats.

Preference for local restaurants over chains

The quality of food and wanting to help the local economy were also reasons to choose local.

Quality of food and impact on local economy

And for some, just having the option to choose local is enough in itself.

Choosing local specifically for that reason

We also asked our audience to share their thoughts of sustainability and growing local food.

Importance of sustainability

By choosing to eat locally, consumers actively make a choice to live sustainable, healthy lives.

Local sustainability and healthy living

What’s your favorite reason to choose local? Join the conversation on Twitter with #chooselocal or sound off in the comments below.

To see an Athens-based food company in action, check out this video of Milo’s brands.d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(s);

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Emily Daffron
Emily is a senior journalism student at Ohio University. If she's not caught up in schoolwork, she's painting her nails or reading her horoscope.

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