Linda Kantor is an agricultural economist in the Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch of the Food Economics Division at USDA’s Economic Research Service. Linda is the research lead for the ERS Food Availability Data Series, which annually reports the amount of food available for human consumption in the United States. Linda has the same role for the Loss-Adjusted Food Availability Data Series, which adjusts the food supply data for spoilage and other losses, and is one of two Federal government sources of food loss in the United States.
Linda joined ERS in 1991. Her research interests include tracking changes in the healthfulness of the food supply over time and food loss measurement. Also, as a member of the ERS National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) team, Linda identifies data needs for food item identification in FoodAPS-2.