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The Obama administration established a new vegetable garden at the White House in order to use and promote local food. Here, First Lady Michelle Obama and White House Horticulturist Dale Haney join students from Washington's Bancroft Elementary School in breaking ground for the garden in March 2009.
Photo credit: White House/Joyce N. Boghosian

With the rise of industrial agriculture and advances in transportation and food preservation, it is common to find foods from all corners of the world in the neighborhood grocery store. Foods have become global commodities traded over long distances between and within nations. In the United States, food travels an average of 1,500 miles from field to plate. In the last few decades, increasing concern over the detrimental environmental, economic, and social consequences of ...

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