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Household Food Security in the United States in 2014
An estimated 14 percent of U.S. households were food insecure in 2014, essentially unchanged from 2013 but down from the 2011 high. Such households lack consistent access to adequate, healthful food.

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Food Choices and Store Proximity in Low-Income, Low-Access Areas
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.
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Has Mandatory Price Reporting Increased the Flow of Market Information?
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.
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The Growing Use of Biofuels in International Markets
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.
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What Shapes Consumer Response to Foodborne Disease Outbreaks?
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.

Last updated: Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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