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The State of Our Food

When you step into your local grocery store, it's hard to ignore the pressing issues that affect us all. The most immediate concern is the noticeable increase in food prices that many of us have felt the pinch of. In the year 2022, the cost of groceries for consumption at home soared by a staggering 11.4%, as reported by the USDA. This sharp rise has put a significant strain on the budgets of countless Americans, including yours truly. And while there have been some attempts to curb these price hikes, we're still bracing for an expected 5.8% increase in food costs, which continues to make it a challenge for many of us to manage our finances.

But the issue goes beyond just the cost; it's also about how we source our food. The American diet has earned a reputation for its lack of quality. Primarily consisting of processed grains, trans fats, and an excessive amount of added sugars. Our go-to grocery stores often have limited sections dedicated to healthier food options, and these healthier choices tend to come with a higher price tag. Take a moment to picture the grocery store you frequent – how much of its floor space is dedicated to nutrient-dense foods compared to those high in sodium, loaded with preservatives, and empty in terms of nutritional value?

This kind of diet has a troubling impact on our health. These foods have been linked to an increase in obesity, heart problems, asthma, and even mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and Parkinson's disease. And this is all assuming that you have easy access to a grocery store. Shockingly, almost 12.8% of our fellow Americans live in low-income or low-food access areas. Among them, there are 19 million people, which makes up 6.2% of the population, who struggle to reach a grocery store of any kind.

All of this is happening in a backdrop where during the pandemic, tens of millions of pounds of nutritious food were plowed over. Clearly, we need systemic changes to address these pressing issues. However, we can start making a difference on a smaller scale. Each one of us can take steps to supplement our diets with nutritious food. For example, just one pepper plant can yield 3-4 pounds of produce and pole beans offer around 1 pound per plant. Techniques like sprouting can give us access to nutrient-dense greens in less than a week.

These are the solutions we are working tirelessly to find. At Seeded, we firmly believe that through building a sense of community and sharing innovative techniques and knowledge, we can take charge of our diets and improve our quality of life. Join us on this journey to revolutionize the way we eat and enhance our health.


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