The average food item on Americans plates have traveled somewhere between 1,500 miles and 1,800 miles.
If every American were to eat just one meal a week that was organic and local, we would save more than 1.1 million barrels of oil a week.
The U.S. supports about 30 million acres of lawn. It is the largest crop our country produces.
A gas powered push mower emits as much pollution in an hour as 11 cars.
We spend about $8.5 billion a year on lawn care products and equipment.
If we want to become self-sufficient, lets begin by spending less time, energy and money on our lawns and shift it towards something we can use, like a garden. If you water it you should be able to eat it.
By producing some or all of our own foods, not only are we getting fresher, tastier, healthy food, but we are also saving a massive amount of resources.
Like I said, just a little food for thought. Think Globally-Act Locally
These facts come from two books I'm in the middle of at the moment. "the urban homestead" and "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle". Both great books that I'd recommend.