A robust appetite for imported foods is leading to increased disease outbreak in the US.

Despite the locovore and slow food movements, America’s demand for foreign foods is picking up. According to a study published in the journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases, demand for imported fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafoods has jumped in recent years.

We buy about 50% of fresh fruits, 20% of fresh vegetables, and 97% of seafood, like fish and shellfish, from distributors outside the country. With about 19% of the US food basket filled by imports, this 20-year study reveals that our taste for… more

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