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10 Things You Didn't Know About Food In The USA

The facts go a whole lot deeper than the dairy aisle. It’s time to make a radical shift in the way we distribute food. Naked Juice has teamed up with Wholesome Wave, and with the help of consumers, donated 150,000 pounds’ worth of fresh local produce to underserved communities.

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1. Healthy food can cost up to 10 times as much as junk food.

Via eatthis.menshealth.com

According to a study from the University of Washington, the rift between healthy grub and junk food is wider than it's ever been. Researchers were able to buy 2,000 calories of junk food for $3.52 -- that's an entire day's caloric intake -- where nutritious foods cost them a whopping $36 for the same 2,000 calories.

2. We produce enough food to feed everyone on the planet. And then some.

Via care2.com

The global population is projected to reach 10 billion people in the not-so-distant year of 2050. But you know what's crazy? Food production rates have increased faster than the global population. That means we already can feed 10 billion people.

5. Approximately 2.3 million Americans live in rural areas that are more than a mile from a grocery store, and have no access to a vehicle.

Via ers.usda.gov

These are called "food deserts," and 2.2 percent of all U.S. households find themselves with limited access to fresh groceries.

6. Predominantly white neighborhoods have an average of four times as many supermarkets as black or Hispanic neighborhoods.

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov / Via foodispower.org

With few other options to feed their families, citizens living in food deserts turn to fast food restaurants for meals.

10. 14.5% of American households have experienced food insecurity at one time.

Via feedingamerica.org

That means they didn't have dependable access to enough food, nutritious or otherwise, to sustain a healthy life.

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