1.65 BILLION : the number of dollars in direct economic benefit that would boost the economy of Virginia if each Virginia household spent just $10 of their total weekly food budget on local food and farm products. Similar studies exist in West Virginia, Massachusetts, and Michigan.
Source: Benson, M. and E. Bendfeldt. 2007. Annual Community Food Dollars Generated if Each Household in Virginia Spent $10/Week of Their Total Food Dollars on Fresh Local Produce and Farm-based Virginia Products. Virginia Cooperative Extension Bulletin.