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The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has created a scorecard ranking the health and sustainability of state food systems in the United States from farm to fork. The scorecard looks at dozens of indicators of food system health for each state. Criteria are grouped into ten categories—six focused on agriculture and the environment, three on food and health, and one on social determinants and disparities. State scores were averaged across the ten categories. According to UCS, "The results show that both the failures and the promise of the U.S. food system are distributed broadly—and sometimes in surprising ways—across the 50 states. Most states scored well in at least a few categories, but few scored well in all of them." The scorecard results are available online, searchable by state and by category map.

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