Your 4th Of July Cook-Out Is Actually a Slice of America
You may not have a fixed menu for your cook-out while celebrating on the Fourth of July, but you can count on the fact that the burgers, hot dogs, chicken, ribs, salads, chips and the watermelon are from the good old U.S.A. Whether it's the meats, the fruits or vegetables, your celebrating the "United Tastes of America".
According to eatright.org, go ahead and enjoy your holiday favorites with the piece of mind of knowing your eating a slice of America. For example:
There's a 1-in-6 chance the beef on your backyard grill came from Texas. The Lone Star State was the leader in the production of cattle and calves, accounting for 7.2 billion pounds of the nation's total production of 42.2 billion pounds last year.
There's a 1-in-4 chance your hot dogs and ribs originated in Iowa. The Hawkeye State had a total inventory of 14 to 16 million hogs and pigs last year which is about one-fourth of the nation's total.
The chicken on your barbecue grill probably came from one of the top broiler-producing states: Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina and Mississippi. The value of production in each of these states exceeded over $1 billion last year. These states combined for well over half of the nation's broiler production.
The lettuce in your salad or on your hamburger probably was grown in California, which accounted for nearly three-quarters of lettuce production last year.
The fresh tomatoes in your salad most likely came from Florida or California, which, combined, produced more than two-thirds of the U.S. tomatoes consumed. The ketchup on your burger or dog probably came from California, which accounted for 95 percent of processed tomato production last year.
There's a 1-in-3 chance the beans in your side dish of baked beans or pork and beans came from North Dakota, which produced more than one-third of the dry, edible beans in the U.S. last year.
As for your potato salad, potato chips or fries, Idaho and Washington produced about one-half of the nation's spuds last year.
When enjoying cool refreshment on the 4th remember, six states - California, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Arizona and Indiana - combined to produce about 80 percent of watermelons last year.
So dig in, you're eating a slice of America!