So you may enjoy splurging on a steak every once in a while, but it shouldn’t be replacing the most important part of your diet! The decreasing consumption of fruits and vegetables have really taken a toll on our health. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans eat fewer servings of fruits and veggies today than they did at the start of the decade. Instead, Americans have increased their consumption of meat by more than 50%, which is more than twice the global average! Unfortunately, these new dieting practices have been strongly affecting the health of the planet as well as ourselves. One reason for this is the fact that livestock production generates almost a fifth of greenhouse gas emissions. In hopes of educating the public on the problems that our “dangerous diet” causes, the CDC has issued a set of tips for incorporating more fruits and vegetables into the diet. Read the full article by CDC. A great way to increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables and avoid fattening and unhealthy meats is to make the commitment of buying local produce. Buying local gives you a variety of fruits and vegetables. The Hub City Farmer’s Market website also has a long list of healthy recipes that incorporate the season’s fruits and vegetables into them.