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.