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Soda Consumption vs. Diabetes

by: Jill Richardson

Tue Feb 09, 2010 at 17:12:40 PM PST

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The government's got a new online interactive food atlas. Check out these two maps.

Think that's a coincidence?

I've included a few more maps below the fold.

Jill Richardson :: Soda Consumption vs. Diabetes

This makes me really sad

The key is small but the categories are:

Percent of all Food Dollars Spent on Direct Farmer to Consumer Sales

The key here is:

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direct to consumer sales (4.00 / 4)
sales of what?

It says (4.00 / 4)
% farm sales $ direct to consumer

Vote for yourself at!

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Thank you. (4.00 / 4)
Impressive. I'm glad to see some areas greater than 10%.

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Thanks (4.00 / 5)
I just added that into the diary.  

"I can understand someone from Iowa promoting corn and soy, but we are not feeding the world, we are feeding animals and soft drink companies." - Jim Goodman

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Montana adult diabetes (4.00 / 4)
The higher rates for Montana adult diabetes look like they might be predominantly in reservation areas (Indian Country.)

Soda per capita (4.00 / 3)
It boggles my mind to see that the lowest key in the graph for soda per capita is 49-60 gallons. 5 gallons per month? A gallon per week? Averaged over every man, woman, and infant?

Holy spritzer.

Correlation in the first two graphs is stunning. Even the "doughnut hole" in the Southeast is replicated.

Low income preschool obesity... (4.00 / 3)
North Jersey looks absolutely shameful.  As does 93-plus percent or so of our entire country, for that matter...

What is Wyoming, Oklahoma and Utah's secret?  And pardon my cynicism, but I hope it doesn't have something to do with reporting?

Reporting (4.00 / 2)
There is no key for grey, so maybe reporting is a good bet. Entire states at less than 5% doesn't seem reasonable, especially for Oklahoma.

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Slapping head... (4.00 / 3)
I should have caught that, thanks!

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I think they didn't measure it nt (4.00 / 3)

"I can understand someone from Iowa promoting corn and soy, but we are not feeding the world, we are feeding animals and soft drink companies." - Jim Goodman

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Yeah... (4.00 / 2)
12 hours ago, I probably would have caught that...


Why not, though?  North Dakota and Maine (which I also missed), too.  Let's see those numbers!

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Fantastic stuff... (4.00 / 2)
Playing around at the link with Oregon -

"% Farm sales $ direct to consumer"

Multnomah (Portland), which is small enough that you can't make out on the map above, falls in the 3.1 - 10% range.  Clackamas and Washington (where many Portland-area farmers' market farms are located) Counties fall into the 0 - 1% range, though.  Bad news, that.  

Over 90% of stuff grown in Multnomah, and over 99% of stuff in Clackamas and Washington Counties is grown for non-local interests and processors?  Am I understanding that right?  Is that even possible?

Direct to consumer is limited (4.00 / 3)
"Over 90% of stuff grown in Multnomah, and over 99% of stuff in Clackamas and Washington Counties is grown for non-local interests and processors?  Am I understanding that right?  Is that even possible?"

The high numbers for these counties are probably explained by the limited nature of the "direct to consumer" category. Farm sales to restaurants, independent groceries, or institutions are not direct to consumer, so even if a large fraction goes to these channels, it won't count in the food atlas.

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Also, (4.00 / 3)
you might want to take into consideration what's grown in Clackamas county. I don't know if they count hay, but there's a lot of that grown here, also grass seed and other seeds, grains, christmas trees, poultry, cattle, etc.

Plus, in spite of the fact that if you can do the marketing, you'll have better margins selling direct to the consumer, an awful lot of people don't want to be bothered. They don't want to carry the extra liability insurance, deal with marketing, etc.

A lot of people also are conditioned to not think of direct to consumer sales as well. I don't know how many people, including Harold, think that the only way you can market production from the farm is in the commodity markets. He wanted to raise a couple of veal calves and then take them down to the auction in the fall. I told him that if that's the idea, then don't even bother picking the calves up. The most we'd make is about $75 after we got through feeding them, vaccinating, etc., then the auction yard got their cut. I ain't interested in working at $75/year wages. Ain't worth it.

Normal people scare me. But not as much as I scare them.....

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