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From Where the Buffalo Roam: India’s Beef Exports
June 22, 2016
Since the late 2000s, India’s exports of beef—specifically water buffalo meat—have expanded rapidly, with India emerging as the world’s largest beef exporter in 2014. So far, Indian exports have not been competitive with U.S. beef exports.
Effects of New Shrink-Loss data on U.S. Fresh Food Availability Estimates
June 21, 2016
ERS examines how using updated supermarket shrink-loss data in the agency’s Loss-Adjusted Food Availability series would affect estimates of U.S. fresh food items available for consumption.
U.S., Brazil, and Argentina are Main Competitors in Corn/Soybean Markets
June 20, 2016
Lower shipping costs have helped keep the U.S. competitive with South America in international markets, but that could change with recent reductions in export taxes, export restrictions, and transportation costs in Brazil and Argentina.
How Changes in Brazil’s Corn Industry Could Affect U.S. Corn Exports
June 15, 2016
Brazil’s corn exports are now concentrated in months traditionally dominated by Northern Hemisphere exporters, particularly the United States. Greater competition from Brazil could alter the seasonal pattern of U.S. corn exports and prices.
Have Price Premiums for Retail Organic Products Been Decreasing?
May 24, 2016
Of 17 organic food products ERS analyzed, most retail price premiums fluctuated between 2004 and 2010, neither increasing nor decreasing steadily. Only three products–fresh spinach, canned beans, and coffee–showed steady premium decreases.
Food Security Among Hispanic Adults in the United States, 2011-2014
May 11, 2016
ERS estimates the extent of food insecurity among Hispanic households in the United States and the adults in these households. In 2014, 22.4 percent of Hispanic households were food insecure, versus 14 percent of all U.S. households.
WIC shoppers' cereal picks: Less pricey when purchased out of pocket?
May 05, 2016
Since WIC households incur no cost for WIC-approved foods, they may be less sensitive to prices when using benefits than when paying out of pocket, an assumption this study addresses by analysis of cold cereal purchases.
Where Do WIC Participants Redeem Their Food Benefits?
April 28, 2016
This report examines the distribution of WIC store types and dollar redemptions and compares the share of WIC versus SNAP redemptions at large stores in FY 2012 as a rough measure of WIC participants’ price sensitivity.
Consumption of Food Commodities by Demographic Group
March 30, 2016
ERS drew on national dietary intake surveys to break down the ERS Loss-Adjusted Food Availability data and show food consumption by demographic characteristics for 63 commodities (who eats what food commodities and how much).
Analyzing the Data: FDA Refusals of Food Shipments for Import, 2005-13
March 28, 2016
Of more than 140,000 FDA violations in food shipments for import in 2005-13, over half were for adulteration (safety, packaging integrity, or sanitation), and 41 percent for misbranding (e.g., misleading labels or those lacking English).

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