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Food Choices and Store Proximity in Low-Income, Low-Access Areas
September 29, 2015
Average distance travelled to a food store has a very small effect on purchases of healthy food, even in low-income, low-access areas. Unhealthy diets are more strongly associated with low income than with limited access to supermarkets.
Has Mandatory Price Reporting Increased the Flow of Market Information?
September 03, 2015
ERS found that the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act, up for renewal in 2015, has improved the markets’ overall speed in absorbing new information and that it generally benefits livestock feeders, meatpackers, and—ultimately—consumers.
The Growing Use of Biofuels in International Markets
September 01, 2015
The U.S. has emerged as a major exporter of biofuels, yet it still imports biofuels in order to meet government mandates. Several other countries have emerged as major exporters, and some have taken steps to restrict biofuel trade.
What Shapes Consumer Response to Foodborne Disease Outbreaks?
August 27, 2015
A case study of pathogen-related recalls of cantaloupe in 2011 and 2012 suggests consumers’ food purchase responses take into account the relative risk severity of specific pathogens. Information from news media apparently plays a role.
Estimating Annual SNAP Participation Rates
August 25, 2015
FNS estimates monthly SNAP participation rates; ERS has provided a complementary measure, estimating the proportion of the eligible population who participate at some time during the year. Each measure can be useful in assessing SNAP.
School meal programs adjusting to a complex mix of changes
August 20, 2015
School meal programs are adjusting to stronger nutritional standards, but face challenges in maintaining paid lunch participation to meet revenue goals and to help avoid stigma toward children receiving free or reduced-price food.
Identifying Undernourished Populations Using Data on Individuals
August 10, 2015
ERS analysis of a Bangladesh household survey suggests that household-level food security assessments differ from individual-level assessments, with implications for identifying undernourished populations internationally.
What's Behind the Doubling of U.S. Ag Output Over 60 Years?
July 27, 2015
With little growth in aggregate input use over the last six decades, the extraordinary performance of the U.S. farm sector was driven mainly by productivity growth, at an average annual rate of 1.42 percent. Is the growth sustainable?
The Profit Potential of Certified Organic Field Crop Production
July 24, 2015
Organic corn, soybean, and wheat production has higher total economic costs and lower yields than conventional production. However, price premiums paid to organic producers are an important factor offsetting the higher costs.
Middle East and North Africa Region: Key Driver of Agricultural Trade
July 14, 2015
Growing populations and incomes in the Middle East and North Africa region are increasing food and feed demand which domestic production alone cannot meet. Opportunities will expand for U.S. exports – along with stiffer world competition.

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