[loh-kuh-vawr, ‐vohr]


a person who makes an effort to eat food that is grown, raised, or produced locally, usually within 100 miles of home.

2005; loca(l) + -vore, on the model of carnivore, herbivore
Where does your state fall? Be proud New England we rank in the top 20.
  • Vermont (1)
  • Maine (2)
  • New Hampshire (3)
  • Rhode Island (6)
  • Massachusetts (11)
  • Connecticut (20)

Shout out to relatives across the country:

  • Idaho (12)
  • Colorado (21)

Why be a Locavore? To me it just makes good sense. Our friends over at EcoWatch have some great reasons.

Supports local farms: Buying local food keeps local farms healthy and creates local jobs at farms and in local food processing and distribution systems.

Less travel: Local food travels much less distance to market than typical fresh or processed grocery store foods, therefore using less fuel and generating fewer greenhouse gases.

More freshness: Local food is fresher, healthier and tastes better, because it spends less time in transit from farm to plate, and therefore loses fewer nutrients and incurs less spoilage.

Builds more connected communities: Local foods create more vibrant communities by connecting people with the farmers and food producers who bring them healthy local foods. As customers of CSAs and farmers markets have discovered, they are great places to meet and connect with friends as well as farmers.

EcoWatch, Transforming Green: Which State Supports its Locally Grown Food, Brandon Baker, April 07, 2014
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Edited: 1/12/2018