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Bananas, apples, oranges, grapes and strawberries are the most popular fresh fruit options in the U.S. Production of these and other non-citrus fruit crops totaled more than 17 million tons in 2012.
Providing children with more knowledge about where food comes from and how farming works has proven to be an effective means of offsetting unhealthy habits and obesity at an early age. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture has established a grant program to help encourage research into the connections between agriculture and childhood obesity prevention.