Study Finds People Ate Less Sustainably in 2010 vs. 2009

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I’d like to think more folks are jumping on the local and organic bandwagon, but according to a recent study, that number isn’t on the rise. In fact, the number dropped by 6% from 2009 to 2010!

Living a green lifestyle isn’t always about large changes, but one of the ones that can make a serious impact on your health and body is making the effort to eat as sustainably as possible. The study was done by the Food Navigator, and what was interesting was that although the amount of people who chose to eat sustainably dropped, the number of people making other eco-friendly changes in their lives went up.

The poll, which surveyed 2,352 nationally representative adults online, found that fewer Americans said they were likely to buy local foods, down from 39 percent to 33 percent, and fewer respondents said they bought organic foods, down from 17 to 15 percent. Nevertheless, there was an increase in the number of those polled who said they were environmentally conscious. The market research organization suggested that the economic climate could have negatively impacted consumers’ eco-friendly purchase decisions as they prioritize saving money over the environment.

I’m glad to see that those polled didn’t lose interest all together. How did you measure up this last year? Did you make the impact you were hoping for when it comes to the food that goes in your body or are you ready to take 2011 by storm? Sound off with your thoughts on the subject below!

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