Food Industry MyPlate

Published on May 22nd, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

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Growing My Plate: How can we eat healthier food if we aren’t growing enough?

USDA’s new MyPlate dietary guidelines recommend that fruits and vegetables make up 50 percent of our daily food intake, but how can we meet those standards when we’re not growing enough of either?

USDA My Plate

Whether you agree or disagree with the whole My Plate concept (I’m not so mad about the emphasis on dairy, for example), one thing is unequivocally true: we don’t grow or eat enough fruits and vegetables to meet the My Plate recommendations. In fact, only about 2 percent of U.S. farm acreage grows the fruits and veggies that USDA says we should be eating the most.

A better Farm Bill — one that supports small farmers growing food instead of industrial farms growing animal feed — could make a big difference. What we need to see is a change in emphasis from growing grains for animal feed to one on growing the fruits and veggies that USDA says we should be eating.

It wouldn’t even take that big a shift in production to meet our nutritional needs, and we could stimulate local economies while we’re at it. Not too shabby, right? Check out this infographic from the Union of Concerned Scientists that looks at how American farmers can grow the fruits and vegetables we need while creating jobs and benefiting local economies.

My Plate Infographic

 






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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



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