When the USDA released the MyPlate icon in 2011, I was mostly pleased with the changes that it had in comparison to the old food pyramid. But, I did wonder why the USDA says that over half of your food should be fruits and vegetables, but only 1 percent of food subsidies go to farmers.

This video by the Union of Concerned Scientists discusses that problem as well as gives some mind-blowing statistics about how many lives could be saved and how much money could be saved if everyone just ate one more serving of fruits or vegetables each day. If everyone ate the total recommended amounts daily, the statistics are even more mind-blowing.

Do these statistics make you want to stock your fridge with more fruits and vegetables?

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

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