Global Grocer illustrates how cosmopolitan our carts are
Here's an interesting companion piece to the New York Times farming maps we just Digested below. Food & Water Watch has created a Web education tool illustrating just how much America has increased its imports of certain foods, and how risky these products can be.
The Global Grocer lets visitors shop at a cute cartoon grocery store: click on an item and up pops a box telling you the odds it was imported, how much its imports have gone up in the last 10 years, and which countries produce the most of it. (It also tells you how many — I mean how few — FDA inspectors we have scrutinizing imports.) When you check out, you'll learn the chances that the basket of food you just bought contained imports, as well as steps you can take to ensure you're buying safe food, including how to advocate for better country of origin labeling.
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