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Where (and for how long) We Get It

Let’s break it down. In the United States of America, where does our food come from?

California: Produces an enormous amount off our countries American fruits, vegetables and nuts. Note: much is also exported.

90 percent of broccoli   95 percent of celery       99 percent of artichokes                                        95 percent of garlic        99 percent of walnuts   89 percent of cauliflower                                  97 percent of kiwis        71 percent of spinach    97 percent of plums                                              69 percent of carrots

Crop and Livestock Commodities in which California Leads the Nation:

Almonds          Escarole/Endive            Limes               Plums               Apricots            Figs Cantaloupe       Plums                           Artichokes        Flowers             Honeydew         Pluots Asparagus         Milk                               Avocados           Potted Plants   Milk Goats        Alfalfa Raspberries      Lima Beans                  Garlic                 Nectarines        Sweet Rice       Plants                 Raisins                         Safflower           Broccoli             Table Grapes   Lettuce              Alfalfa Seed                 Olives                 Dry Onions       Alfalfa Hay Kale                    Herbs                             Parsley               Spinach             Cauliflower                    Strawberries    Celery                            Kiwifruit           Tangelos           Chicory          Kumquats         Bartlett Pears             Tangerines        Lemons             Bell Peppers Daikon               Persimmons               Dates                  Leaf Lettuce     Eggplant                Romaine Lettuce                                   Pistachios          Walnuts           Wild Rice          Pomegranates Nursery Crops          Brussels Sprouts                           Green Onions              Wine Grapes                                           Vegetable and Flower Carrots                                  Freestone Peaches                                Clingstone Peaches                    American Pima Cotton Chinese & F.M. Cabbage                      Mustard Greens                          Processing Tomatoes Greenhouse Vegetables                        Oriental Vegetables                  Ladino Clover Seed      Leaf Pigeons and Squabs

California is the sole producer (99 percent or more) of the commodities in bold: (and the list goes on and on).

The top 5 revenue states in the U.S are California, Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, & Illinois, ranking from over $34.8 Billion to $14.5. (2009)

I believe the United States has the ability to adapt rather quickly when a change is necessary or under stressful situations.  Food and its availability, historically have lead peoples to migrate or change the way they produce or sustain their way livelihood.  Hopefully we will encounter a never before seen lack of viable resources to redevelop our food sources.

Including other countries, in a CNBC 2014 article in part state;

  • At the current rate of agricultural productivity growth in India, domestic production will only meet 59 percent of the country’s food demand by 2030.
  • In East Asia, only 67 percent of food demand by 2030 will be met from within the region if the current rate of productivity growth is maintained.
  • At current rates of productivity growth, Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to meet only 15 percent of food demand in 2030.

As the population grows and more people move into the middle class in these areas, they will eat beef, poultry and more dairy products. That’s good for nutrition, but it puts more stress on our food resources.

In today’s world, hunger is caused by poverty and inequality, not by the scarcity of food. For the past two decades, the rate of global food production has increased faster than the rate of global population growth. The world already produces more than 1 ½ times enough food to feed everyone on the planet. That’s enough to feed 10 billion people.  Yet in reality, the bulk of industrially-produced grain crops goes to biofuels and Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s) rather than food for the 1 billion hungry. The call to increase our food production only applies if we continue to prioritize the growing population of livestock and automobiles over hungry people. See more

Our health has been at risk not only due to the nutritional deficiencies of the land from which grows the “good” food we sometimes eat.  It is that we do not eat it at all.

On a positive note, the Temple University Hospital in North Philadelphia Bioethics department and Lewis Katz School of Medicine are starting to write prescriptions for in coordination with the St. Christopher’s Foundation and Farm to Families for organic fruits, vegetables, and other food provided by the Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative.

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Raised on a 20 acre farm with all the animals in rural Indiana. Picked up rocks out of farm field before planting season, cooked in a pancake house for a couple years, worked in a factory, joined the Navy, back to the factory then College. It went by so fast.

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