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This Map Reveals the Surprising Origins of Your Food

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Have you ever wondered where the produce in your grocery store actually comes from? This informative map, created by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, gives you an easy-to-read interpretation of a recent study that looked into the true origins of our food.

According to NPR, the ICTA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture studied “151 different crops across 23 geographical regions” to see where the food we eat in America really comes from. This new research shows how much of a nation’s diet has evolved to include plants, vegetables and fruits imported from other countries.

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Decades ago, our diets were mostly restricted to foods that can be locally or nationally grown. Thanks to the evolution of technology and changes in the global trading market, we are now able to buy almost any type of organically grown food for a reasonable price from our local market. This modern ability to share and ship products also helps crops move to other areas of the world. For instance, soybeans now grow in a variety of countries, even though they originated in East Asia.

Although you may not think about where your head of lettuce or container of cranberries was actually grown from when you check out, this awesome infographic gives you a little bit more insight into what you’re putting into your stomach.

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This Map Reveals the Surprising Origins of Your Food