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Tag Archives: Vegetables

DIET TIPS

Higher consumption of a whole range of fruits and vegetables does help prevent weight gain over time. But satisfying our vegetable requirements with starchy vegetables, alas, will not keep the pounds from adding up, a new study finds.

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SCHOOL LUNCH

You can lead a child to vegetables, but it appears you can’t make them eat. Researchers videotaped 498 children during school lunch before and after new USDA vegetable rules were imposed. Children were throwing out the required foods at a rate 35% higher than before the rules were instituted.

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HARVEST HELP

The decline in workers is reducing fruit and vegetable production by 9.5%, or $3.1 billion, a year, according to a recently published analysis of government data, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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U.S. ADULTS STILL SKIMP ON FRUIT, VEGGIES

Most U.S. adults still aren’t eating nearly enough fruits and vegetables. In a large national survey, only 13% said they ate the recommended amount of fruit each day and only 9% ate enough vegetables.

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PRODUCE SALES

In 2012, 34% of all U.S. produce farms—those producing vegetables, fruit, or nuts—sold food through local food marketing channels, whereas only 3% of field/other crop farms and 8% of livestock/livestock product farms did so.

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PRODUCE OUTLOOK

The California drought continues into 2015—as of March, 42% of the State is classified under the exceptional drought rating. Despite these conditions, U.S. fresh fruit and vegetable price inflation is expected to be close to its historical average in 2015.

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DROUGHT IMPACT

California’s drought has driven the prices of some fruits and vegetables up substantially, but others are actually cheaper than they were a year ago. In fact, the U.S. Agriculture Department’s forecast for produce prices predicts modest increases of 2% to 3%.

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FOOD RATINGS

Whole Foods Market has launched a new rating system for its fruits, vegetables and flowers that assesses growing practices on how they affect human health and the environment. The produce will be labeled “good “good,” “better,” or “best” to help shoppers make more informed choices, the company said in a news release.

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EAT YOUR VEGGIES

For years, the government has been urging Americans to eat more vegetables for better health, with little to show for the effort. Consumption has been stuck at barely half the recommended amount. Now, from private enterprise, come two very different strategies. One aims to make vegetables more attractive and easier to use. The other would… read more

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