Something to ponder:
“Think you’re part of the food-literati? True or false: 13 million more acres of farmland would be required to produce enough fruit and vegetables for the daily diets of all Americans to meet U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition guidelines.
The official answer is Yes, according to the James Beard Foundation, which put out the quiz. (You can see the whole quiz below). But we reached out to Jason Clay of the World Wildlife Fund who’s being honored by the JBF tonight, for a slightly more nuanced response.
For starters, Clay says, it’s important to point out that we import about 30 percent of the fresh fruits we consume now. So perhaps we could make up difference by increasing our imports.
But Clay says we can — and should — be smarter about what we do at home with what we already have.
‘We could intensify production without expanding into additional farmland. We need to improve productivity in farming by focusing on what matters most. Instead of focusing on increasing tons of product per acre, we could focus on calories and nutrients consumed per acre or per gallon of water,’ he says.
So, there’s really no quick and easy answer.”
Excerpt from NPR’s “Test Your Food IQ: Do We Need More Farms To Grow Fruits And Veggies For All?” by Allison Aubrey