Imports make up a growing share of U.S. fresh vegetable supplies

Since 2010, approximately 25 percent of the fresh vegetable supply utilized in the United States has been imported each year. The value of fresh vegetable imports exceeded exports by almost $4.3 billion in 2014. The three largest crops, in terms of production, were onions, head lettuce, and tomatoes, which combined accounted for 40 percent of the total production. Production volume increased during this period for nearly half of the listed commodities—onions, tomatoes, carrots, cabbage,celery, leaf lettuce, onions, peppers, and pumpkins. In contrast, production output for fresh-market sweet corn, cucumbers, snap beans, head and romaine lettuce among others decreased as area harvested declined. See more here.

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