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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a new website that helps consumers make healthier food choices and gain a better appreciation for how their food is made.
"Because more than 80 percent of our population lives in suburban and metropolitan areas, when we think of food, we more often think of the grocery store than the farm," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "There is a disconnect between the farmer and the food that consumers buy and we want to re-connect these long standing ties between the people who produce the food and those who purchase and prepare it. These new online tools will help do that."
It's all part of the "Know Your Famer, Know Your Food" campaign. The new web page presents facts about specific fruits, vegetables and other foods and the farmers who grow them. The site is also designed to promote national initiatives like National Nutrition Month.
It also features the MyFood-a-pedia, which gives consumers quick access to nutritional information for over 1,000 foods.
The site also provides a section that gives tips on how to achieve a healthier lifestyle.