Exports grew by 8.8 percent on average annually from 2000 to 2012 while imports increased by 8.4 percent. The dollar's competitive exchange rate helped U.S. exports grow faster on average in the past decade. These trends widened the U.S. agricultural trade surplus to $32.4 billion in 2012. Population growth, ethnic diversity, changing taste preferences, and high incomes are behind U.S. food imports' expansion.
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