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September 2, 2014
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USDA Crop Maps pack geography into nutrition

Ever wonder how diverse your diet is? The USDA has a map for that.

As part of its Science Tuesday series, the USDA Blog released a series of maps detailing which areas of the country produced the most items for each of the five major food groups. Released Aug. 5, the blog post helps to show which areas of the country are the main producers and have the largest industries in different types of crops. The maps were created using information from the Census of Agriculture and were compiled by the USDA’s MyPlate and National Agricultural Statistics Service. In addition to showing the locations in the country where these foods are cultivated, the maps detail commonly grown crops or raised animals within the food group. The bottom right corner of each shows the portion which the designated food groups should take up on a plate, or how much is recommended to eat per day.

“Linking Census of Agriculture data and MyPlate, this tool serves up several helpings of development opportunities for educators and students by bringing lessons in agriculture, nutrition, math, science and geography into the classroom,” Krissy Young, author of the blog and Public Affairs Specialist with NASS, wrote. “From farm to fork, you can explore what most commonly eaten foods are grown right in your own state and county.”

Young also encourages these maps be used as educational devices in the areas of agriculture, math, nutrition and science. ❖

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