Jean C. Buzby

Branch Chief
202-694-5370
jbuzby@ers.usda.gov
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Briefly

Jean C. Buzby is Chief of the Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch in ERS's Food Economics Division.

Background

Jean has worked either directly or indirectly for ERS for over 20 years. Prior to moving into management, her primary areas of work as an economist at ERS were food safety and food consumption research. Jean's food safety research included estimating the costs of foodborne illness, analyzing the legal incentives for firms to produce safer food, and exploring international trade and food safety issues. Her food consumption research was primarily centered on using information gleaned from the Food Availability (Per Capita) Data System. She has also conducted research on food loss in the United States for over a decade and continues to publish estimates of the amount and value of food loss at the retail and consumer levels in the United States, using data from ERS's Loss-Adjusted Food Availability Data Series.

Education

Jean received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky. She received a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University.

Selected Publications

Buzby, J.C., B. Padera, J.T. Bentley, J. Campuzano, and C. Ammon. 2016. Updated Supermarket Shrink Estimates for Fresh Foods and Their Use in ERS Loss-Adjusted Food Availability Data, EIB-155, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, June.

Buzby, J.C., H.F. Wells, and J. Aulakh. 2014. "Food Loss—Questions About the Amount and Causes Still Remain." Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, June.

Buzby, J.C., H.F. Wells, and J. Hyman. 2014. The Estimated Amount, Value, and Calories of Postharvest Food Losses at the Retail and Consumer Levels in the United States. EIB-121, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, February.

Buzby, J.C., H.F. Wells, and J. Bentley. 2013. "ERS’s Food Loss Data Help Inform the Food Waste Discussion," Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, June.

Stewart, H., J. Hyman, J.C. Buzby, E. Frazão, and A. Carlson. 2011. How Much do Fruits and Vegetables Cost? EIB-71, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, February.

Muth, M., S. Karns, S. Nielsen, J. Buzby, and H. Wells. 2011. Consumer-Level Food Loss Estimates and Their Use in the ERS Loss-Adjusted Food Availability Data, TB-1927, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, January.

Gale, F., and J. Buzby. 2009. Imports from China and Food Safety Issues, EIB-52, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, July.

Buzby, J., H. Wells, B. Axtman, and J. Mickey. 2009. Supermarket Loss Estimates for Fresh Fruit, Vegetables, Meat, Poultry, and Seafood and Their Use in the ERS Loss-Adjusted Food Availability Data, EIB-44, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, March.

Buzby, J., L. Unnevehr, and D. Roberts. 2008. Food Safety and Imports: An Analysis of FDA Food-Related Import Refusal Reports, EIB-39, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September.

Wells, H., and J. Buzby. 2008. Dietary Assessment of Major Trends in U.S. Food Consumption, 1970-2005, EIB-33, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, March.

Buzby, J., H. Wells, and G. Vocke. 2006. Possible Implications for U.S. Agriculture from Adoption of Select Dietary Guidelines, ERR-31, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, November.

Buzby, J., H. Wells, and G. Vocke. 2005. "Will 2005 Be the Year of the Whole Grain?" Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, June.

Buzby, J., and J. Guthrie. 2004. The USDA Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program Evaluation, AIB-792-6, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, November.

Buzby, J., and L. Mitchell. 2004. Food Safety and International Trade: Theoretical Issues, AIB789-2, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, February.

Buzby, J., and L. Unnevehr. 2004. Food Safety and International Trade, AIB789-1, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, February.

Mathews, K., J. Bernstein, and J. Buzby. 2004. Food Safety Issues for Meat/Poultry Products and International Trade, AIB789-4, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, February.

Allshouse, J., J. Buzby, D. Harvey, and D. Zorn. 2004. Seafood Safety and Trade, AIB-789-7, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, February.

J. Buzby. ed. 2003. International Trade and Food Safety: Economic Theory and Case Studies, AER-828, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, November.

Ralston, K., J. Buzby, and J. Guthrie. 2003. Food Assistance Research Brief—A Healthy School Meal Environment, FANRR-34-5, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, July.

Buzby, J., J. Guthrie, and L. Kantor. 2003. Evaluation of the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program: Report to Congress, E-FAN-03-006, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, May.

Buzby, J., and J. Guthrie. 2002. Plate Waste in School Nutrition Programs: Final Report to Congress, E-FAN-02-009, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, March.

Buzby, J., P. Frenzen, and B. Rasco. 2002. "Jury Decisions and Awards in Personal Injury Lawsuits Involving Foodborne Pathogens," The Journal of Consumer Affairs 36 (2): 220-38, Winter.

Buzby, J., P. Frenzen, and B. Rasco. 2001. Product Liability and Microbial Foodborne Illness, AER-799, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, April.

Buzby, J., and P. Frenzen. 1999. "Food Safety and Product Liability," Food Policy 24 (6):637-51, December.

McDonald, J., F. Kuchler, J. Buzby, L. Fitzroy, and L. Aldrich. 1999. User-Fee Financing of USDA Meat and Poultry Inspection, AER-775, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, March.

Buzby, J., J. Fox, R. Ready, and S. Crutchfield. 1998. "Measuring Consumer Benefits of Food Safety Risk Reductions," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 30(1):69-82, July.

Buzby, J., B. Allos, and T. Roberts. 1997. "Economic Burden of C. jejuni-induced GBS," The Journal of Infectious Diseases 176 (2): S192-7.

Buzby, J., T. Roberts, and B. Allos. 1997. Estimated Annual Costs of Campylobacter-Associated Guillain-Barré Syndrome, AER-756, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, July.

Buzby, J., T. Roberts, C. Lin, and J. MacDonald. 1996. Bacterial Foodborne Disease: Medical Costs and Productivity Losses, AER-741, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, August.