Education, Information & Labeling
Information shapes most economic choices, including food
choices. The Federal Government provides consumers access to
nutrition information and education through initiatives such as the
Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the MyPlate
plan, and through regulatory mechanisms such as mandatory nutrition
labeling of packaged foods.
ERS conducts economic analyses of:
- the effects of information provision and nutritional literacy
on dietary outcomes,
- how this information affects food choices,
- nutrition information and education programs,
- consumers' use of food nutrition labels.