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Importance of Financial Supporting of USA Food Systems

Updated: May 22

The USA food system is a complex network of organizations, individuals, and facilities that work together to provide Americans with the food they need. The USDA's Agricultural Research Service estimates that over 17 million people are employed in this industry.

This means that one out of every three Americans works in some way to help feed our country. Many people take for granted the importance of this industry and its employees. However, we must remember what would happen if all these jobs were suddenly gone—if our food system collapsed. The food system in the United States is a complex web of interrelated industries and supply chains, but it's also one of the most important parts of our nation's economy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the food industry contributes almost $1 trillion to the U.S. economy each year, and provides jobs for more than 11 million people nationwide. In other words: if you want to support your family and friends, then you should support America's food system.


But there are many ways to do that—and not all of them are as obvious or easy as you might think. Here are just a few ways you can help keep America's food system healthy and thriving:

  • 1. Buy local products whenever possible (or grow your own!)
  • 2. Support businesses who use sustainable practices
  • 3. Make sure your kids get involved in their school's garden program, so they can learn about where their food comes from, too!

The USDA reports that over 40% of all fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S. come from California alone. That number is even higher when it comes to almonds (77%)! If California’s agricultural system were to collapse due to lack of funding or other issues, our entire country would be affected by this loss of production capacity; not only would we have less food available for consumption but also there would be more unemployment due to job losses related directly or indirectly with agricultural production activities (such as packing plants).



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