The question should be less about where the food is sourced and more about the quality of the food. Sourcing locally is preferred if the quality is there. Contamination sources close by, polluted water for irrigation, use of pesticides/Round Up, are problematic in raising food as are overuse of antibiotics and chemicals in animal feed. Overprocessing of our foods, and high use of sugar, salt, and fat also are part of a horribly unhealthy diet in this country, including and especially in our schools. Take turf and politics out of our food supply, focus on healthy foods for our children. And NO, ketchup is not a vegetable, but tomatoes (not including ketchup) are actually a fruit.