I saw this infographic on Eat Drink Better the other day, and it’s worth sharing. Have you ever wondered how many fruits and vegetables would need to be grown if everyone actually at the five (or more) a day that is usually recommended? Would our food producers be able to handle the volume needed?


At current production, the answer is no. According to this Plant the Plate infographic created by the Union of Concerned Scientists, increasing production is easily achievable, if both public support and government monetary support increased.


Plant the Plant infographic


The crop adjustments shown under #2 on the infographic aren’t really that large are they? But, I wonder, if farmers did adjust what they grow to make sure there were enough fruits and vegetables to go around, would they actually get bought and eaten?


What’s the answer? Does demand need to go up first, or will increased production create increased demand?


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Plant the Plate infographic argues for increased fruit and vegetable production
America does not grow enough fruits and vegetables to satisfy USDA recommendations for all citizens. This infograhic makes the argument easy to understand.