All food comes from farms and all farmers require natural resources to grow our food. Some farms use high amounts of pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals. Some farms require large amounts of fossil fuels to run machinery. Some farms work to conserve water and maintain biodiversity. And food usually doesn’t just travel from the farm directly to our plate. In fact, the average American meal travels 2000 miles from farm to fork. It may get processed, carried along highways, or it might come from a Dutchess county farmer!
Regardless of where our food comes from, it is clear that our food choices have an impact on the environment. In Rhinebeck, or goal is to collect information about what we are actually eating and then research where that food comes from, it’s impact on the environment and our bodies and the benefits of eating more local foods.
RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS:
Learn about a few crops http://www.kidsfarm.com/crops.htm
Find maps of what crops are grown where in the United Stateshttp://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2007/Online_Highlights/Ag_Atlas_Maps/Crops_and_Plants/index.asp
Eat Well Food Guide http://www.eatwellguide.org/i.php?pd=Home
Where does your food come fromhttp://www.foodroutes.org/