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  • I love my pizza as much as the next girl, it totally counts as a vegetable right?

  • It wasn’t that long ago when the US Congress declared pizza as a source of some of your

  • daily vegetable intake. The bill proposed back in 2011 allowed the USDA to count two

  • tablespoons of tomato paste as a vegetable.

  • But as bad as that sounds. That’s exactly how most Americans are getting their vegetables.

  • So the thing is, the USDA recommends that we eat about 2.5 to 3 cups of vegetables a

  • day, but a recent survey from the Centers for Disease control found that 87% of adults

  • don’t get that much. Instead, the vegetables we do eat like tomatoes and potatoes are in

  • the form of processed foods like French Fries and tomato paste on pizza.

  • But even if things change and people start eating healthy now, there’s a bigger problem.

  • There’s simply not enough veggies to go around.

  • Recently the USDA found that only 1.7 cups of veggies are available for every person.

  • And not even the kind that’s recommend. Daily recommendations promote a variety of

  • veggies. From dark leafy greens to colorful veggies and tasty legumes.

  • A recent report by the USDA found that potatoes, tomatoes, and lettuce make up close to 60

  • percent of U.S. vegetable availability. Unfortunately, most of those produce are set for processing

  • into less healthy foods like potato chips and tomato sauces.

  • So what are farmers growing? Well the top five most common crops in America are corn,

  • soybeans, hay, wheat and cotton. Of the 300 million acres of farmland used for food, only

  • a small portion, 14 million acres, are used for fruits and veggies and that includes the

  • stuff we grow for processed foods like chips.

  • And they aren’t growing these crops to meet demands of American appetites, a lot of it

  • has less to do with the nation’s food habits and more to do with price. The Federal government

  • heavily subsidizes crops like corn. Which might be good for the food supply except most

  • of it doesn’t get eaten by people. According to the National Corn Growers Association,

  • about eighty percent of all corn grown in the U.S. is consumed by domestic and overseas

  • livestock, poultry, and fish production. Only 12% of corn is consumed directly or indirectly

  • as corn syrup for things like soda.

  • Farmers grow whatever crops are the most profitable, and that doesn’t always mean food. Like

  • in 2011 a lot of Southern farmers switched from growing food to growing cotton as the

  • price of cotton soared. Webb Wallace, executive director of the Cotton and Grain Producers

  • of the Lower Rio Grande Valley said thatIt’s good for the farmer, but from a humanitarian

  • perspective it’s kind of scary.”

  • And well this isn’t new. Americans have always prized profit over produce. Some of

  • the earliest settlers grew crops like tobacco that they could sell rather than food they

  • could survive on. As a result. Well a lot of people starved.

  • So it’s clear our agricultural system needs a bit of an overhaul. And we could do our

  • part to demand more yummy veggies. And thankfully veggies are becoming trendy. One of the most

  • popular leafy greens of late is Kale. How did Kale become such a super veg and just

  • how good for you is it? Check out this video to find out more.

  • So the question is, what veggies are your favorite? I’m a weirdo and really love brussel

  • sprouts.

I love my pizza as much as the next girl, it totally counts as a vegetable right?


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