Local Food: Poll shows support

How would you feel about New Mexico students getting more fresh foods and vegetables? A damn fine idea, right? That’s how most New Mexicans feel, according to a recent poll conducted by the Center for Civic Policy.

New Mexicans were asked if they favored the following action:

Require that students who receive free or discounted lunches in New Mexico’s public schools receive a minimum of two additional servings of fresh fruits and vegetables weekly grown from New Mexican food producers.

The result: A whopping 78% of all adults in the state were in favor. And this support crossed ideological lines. 53% of “conservative” Republicans approved as did 81% of Independents and 87% of Democrats.

Another question tested reactions to a new state program to promote local food:

Create a new state program which allows allow rural and low-income families who receive government support in buying food to purchase more food – if it is grown and produced in New Mexico?

The response again was overwhelmingly favorable – 74% of all adults.

The advantages of such an initiative are apparent: More nutritious food for New Mexico families in need, economic incentives for local agriculture, and a positive impact on global warming as the greenhouse emissions associated with transporting food products from farm to table would be reduced.

The poll was completed on December 9, 2007. The overall margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percent.

New Mexicans were asked if they favored the following action:

Require that students who receive free or discounted lunches in New Mexico’s public schools receive a minimum of two additional servings of fresh fruits and vegetables weekly grown from New Mexican food producers.

The result: A whooping 78% of all adults in the state were in favor. And this support crossed ideological lines. 53% of “conservative” Republicans approved as did 81% of Independents and 87% of Democrats.

Another question tested reactions to a new state program to promote local food:

Create a new state program which allows allow rural and low-income families who receive government support in buying food to purchase more food – if it is grown and produced in New Mexico?

The response again was overwhelmingly favorable – 74% of all adults.

The advantages of such an initiative are apparent: More nutritious food for New Mexico families in need, economic incentives for local agriculture, and a positive impact on global warming as the greenhouse emissions associated with transporting food products from farm to table would be reduced.

The poll was completed on December 9, 2007. The overall margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percent.

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