Facts and Resources

Did You Know?

  • In the US, the average grocery store’s produce travels nearly 1,500 miles between the farm where it was grown and your refrigerator.
  • About 40% of our fruit is processed overseas.
  • Even though broccoli is likely grown within 20 miles of the average American’s house, the broccoli we buy at the supermarket travels an average 1,800 miles to get there.
  • 9% of our red meat comes from foreign countries, including locations as far away as Australia and New Zealand.
  • According to the USDA, the US has lost over five million farms since 1935.
  • Only 3.5 cents of each dollar (spent on food) actually goes to the farmer.

(source: http://www.sustainabletable.org/issues/buylocal/)

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