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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).
FY 2015 Food Assistance Expenditures Remain Similar to FY 2014
March 17, 2016
Spending for USDA’s 15 domestic food and nutrition programs totaled $104.1 billion in fiscal 2015, or about the same as the previous fiscal year. This was about 5 percent lower than the historical high of $109.2 billion set in FY 2013.
The Phenomenon of Thinning Markets in U.S. Agriculture
March 16, 2016
As U.S. agriculture becomes increasingly concentrated and markets become thinner (smaller number of ag product purchasers), increased producer-processor coordination could provide substantial efficiency gains despite some challenges.
Dairy Policy Addresses Price Volatility in a Changing Industry Structure
March 09, 2016
Dairy farmers faced a severe financial setback in 2009 as milk prices fell sharply and feed prices remained high, while the industry has undergone structural change. Recent legislation addresses the volatility in milk and feed prices.
USDA Fruit and Vegetable Recommendations: How Affordable?
February 26, 2016
Many consumers may perceive fruit and vegetable recommendations in USDA's Dietary Guidelines for Americans as too expensive. ERS illustrates how a family of four can meet these recommendations on a limited budget.

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