Oregon ranks No. 14 on the "locavore" index

Oregon ranks No. 14 on a new index of

Oregon ranks No. 14 on a new index of "locavore" states.

A family farm advocacy group released the "2012 Locavore Index" this week that pegs Oregon at No. 14, well ahead of Washington but behind both Dakotas, Hawaii, Kentucky and others.

The index was assembled using federal data to figure out highest per capita presence of community-supported agriculture farms (known as CSAs) and farmers markets.

The ranking was published by Vermont-based Strolling of the Heifers (think: running of the bulls). Vermont, incidentally, places squarely at the top of the list.

Oregon's 14th place finish, while respectable, highlights the fact that despite the attention paid to local foods in the region, the bulk of what Oregonians eat is still coming from elsewhere.

Strolling of the Heifers notes that the term "locavore" made its first appearance in 2005 and was designated the 2007 Word of the Year by the Oxford American Dictionary.

The top locavore states according to the index are:

  1. Vermont
  2. Iowa
  3. Montana
  4. Maine
  5. Hawaii
  6. Kentucky
  7. North Dakota
  8. South Dakota
  9. Wyoming
  10. Idaho


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