We all love pizza, and with good reason – it’s fully balanced, really, as long as you don’t pay too much attention to the calories. You will be happy to know that your pizza comes from America’s farms and ranches. Americans consume more than 3,000,000,000 pizzas each year – the average family eats pizza at home 30 times each year!
Following is the list of the top producing states for the main pizza ingredients:
Onions – are grown in California, Colorado and Georgia
Tomatoes – (for the sauce), comes from California and Florida
Mushrooms – are grown in Pennsylvania and California
Wheat – (for the dough), comes from Washington, Kansas and Oklahoma (mostly winter wheat)
Chicken – is raised in Georgia, North Carolina and Alabama
Sausage, Pepperoni & Canadian Bacon – (which comes from hogs), is raised in Iowa, Minnesota and North Carolina
Pepperoni – (from beef) – is raised mostly in Texas, Nebraska and Kansas
Pineapple – where else but Hawaii, of course!
Spinach – is grown in the Salinas Valley of California, and also Arizona
Green Peppers – come from California and Florida
Mozzarella Cheese – (a dairy product, from milk cows), is produced in California, Wisconsin and New York
Do you notice that California is the producer of many of these food products – plus thousands more. If you don’t think California agriculture is vital to our nation’s food supply, think again! It’s the largest agricultural state in the union, and its ag. sector alone is one of the largest economies in the world.
Just for fun, as you prepare and eat your meals this week, think of the farmers and ranchers, all across our country who produced each ingredient. Hundreds of crops, thousands of farms and ranches, millions of farmers and ranchers produce all of our food for us to eat and enjoy.
THANK YOU AMERICAN FARMERS AND RANCHERS!
-USDA-NASS, American Pizza community, American Farm Bureau Federation for Agriculture