Your Food Starts Here
All food comes from somewhere. Fruits and vegetables usually come from a farm, where sunlight, water and nourishing nutrients coax seedlings from the soil or fruit from a tree. Farmers nurture the plants as they produce their crops, protecting them from pests and other threats. As soon as the vegetables or fruits mature, they are picked and packed to be brought to markets and grocery stores where you can buy them.
For meat, it starts on a ranch or farm, where animals are raised to maturity with proper food, water and care. The farmers work hard to protect and care for the animals as they grow. Once they are old enough, some are used as breeding stock, while others are harvested, packaged and sent to your local market.
Cows and goats that are used for milk are raised on dairy farms, where they are milked daily. That milk is then pasteurized and either sold as milk to drink, or turned into butter, cheese, yogurt or other dairy products.
Understanding the path your food takes from the farm to your table is important. It gives you the knowledge to make informed choices about what you eat and how it impacts our world.