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Kale and other greens grow vertically inside a modular farming unit at Modular Farms Co. headquarters in Brampton, Ontario. (James MacDonald/Bloomberg News). The American vegetable landscape has shifted. Farmers are abandoning one-time basics such as sweet corn, green beans, peas and potatoes. In their place, they’re planting sweet potatoes and leafy greens such as spinach, kale and romaine lettuce. [ Advocates hoped census would find diversity in agriculture. It found old white people. ]. Once every five years, the USDA Census of Agriculture provides a definitive guide to the trends behind the nation’s farms and diets. The latest figures, released last week , show broad dietary upheaval.... Full story

20 April