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What's grown on 2% of U.S. cropland?


Americans don't eat enough fruits and vegetables. But can you blame them? A new infographic shows only 2 percent of U.S. farm acres are dedicated to the good stuff.

The following eye-opening chart "Plant the Plate" is making the social media rounds—and for good reason! This infographic shows how USDA's MyPlate recommendations (i.e. 50 percent of daily food intake should be fruits/veggies) are out of touch with reality.

Telling someone to eat more fruits and veggies, but not funding the growth of more fruits and veggies for them to eat? That makes about as much sense as giving an open book math test where you can use only your history book.

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Plant the Plate

Currently, $5.08 billion is given to corn and soybean subsidies, the products of which benefit processed foods. To meet MyPlate's guidelines and the demand for more produce, the Union of Concerned Scientists proposes a $90 million investment in local food. It's pennies considering those subsidies, and it would increase fruit and vegetable cropland by nearly 23 percent—still peanuts compared to overall U.S. cropland.

Pennies and peanuts. Man, we organic proponents sure do ask for a lot!

I encourage you to share this article with your friends, and spread the word on this huge discrepancy that could, if solved, lead to a healthier United States.

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