Fact: If you replace one 20-ounce soda a day with a no-calorie beverage (preferably water), you could lose 25 pounds in a year.
Fact: Children consume almost twice as many calories when eating food made outside the home.
Fact: Over the last two decades, rates of obesity have tripled in children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 years old.
Fact: An estimated 70 percent of all antibiotics used in the U.S. are given to farm animals.
The EPA says more than 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the U.S.
Farmers' markets enable farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the customer.
The average meal travels 1,500 miles from the farm to your dinner plate.
Fact: Each year, contaminated food causes millions of illnesses and thousands of deaths.
Fact: Poverty among farm workers is more than twice that of all wage and salary employees.
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Max Follmer is the special projects editor at TakePart.com. He has previously covered elections and politics for the Biloxi Sun-Herald, The Huffington Post, and the Los Angeles Daily Journal.