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UNITED STATES OF SUSTAINABLE FOOD
By Eve Andrews
21 Aug 2014 12:44 PM
Let’s be real: The American food system today has some pretty daunting issues. We’re saddled with a farming system that, on the whole, releases a massive amount of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere (675 million metric tons annually at the most recent tally, to be exact), sucks nutrients from the soil, and leaches chemicals into the water table. And in regions with some of the richest farmland, historically speaking, you can’t buy a fresh vegetable for love or money — but you can get a two-liter bottle of potable sugar and an endless variety of nutritionally vacant foodstuff approximations at any corner store.To that end, we find ourselves in the midst of a dietary and environmental crisis.
We could ask, “How did we get here?”, but I’m not trying to answer that question.
There are many possible culprits at whom we could point fingers, but what’s much, much more important is how we get ourselves out of this mess.