Rosanna Mentzer Morrison

Assistant Director for Product Coordination and Dissemination


Rosanna Mentzer Morrison is the Assistant Director for Product Coordination and Dissemination for ERS' Food Economics Division. She also currently serves as an Associate Editor for ERS' flagship magazine, Amber Waves. Amber Waves provides a window for a broad audience into ERS' research program, covering production agriculture, food safety and nutrition, the food industry, rural economies, agricultural trade, and farm-related environmental issues. Rosanna is responsible for the food-related content of the magazine.


Since joining ERS in 1980, Rosanna has divided her time between research and editorial activities. Her research interests have included generic advertising of farm commodities, the market for fat substitutes in food products, U.S. food consumption trends, and economies of scale for food irradiation technology. Rosanna co-authored a report with ERS colleague, Tanya Roberts, on the technical, public health, and economic considerations of food irradiation at the request of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and she represented ERS on an inter-agency committee coordinating Federal research and policymaking efforts in the food irradiation field. From 1992 to 2002, Rosanna was the Economics Editor of ERS' FoodReview magazine.

Selected Publications

Morrison, R.M., L. Mancino, and J. N. Variyam. "Will Calorie Labeling in Restaurants Make a Difference?," Amber Waves, Economic Research Service, USDA, Vol. 9, Issue 1, March 2011, pp. 10-17

Smith, T.A., B.H. Lin, and R.M. Morrison. "Taxing Caloric Sweetened Beverages To Curb Obesity," Amber Waves, Economic Research Service, USDA, Vol. 8, Issue 3, September 2010, pp. 22-27.

Morrison, R.M., J.C. Buzby, and H.F. Wells.  "Guess Who's Turning 100?  Tracking a Century of American Eating," Amber Waves, Economic Research Service, USDA, Vol. 8, Issue 1, March 2010, pp. 12-19.

Morrison, R.M., T.A. Smith, and B.H. Lin. "Got Data?  Multiple Data Sources Track U.S. Food Consumption," Amber Waves, Economic Research Service, USDA, Vol. 7, Issue 1, March 2009, pp. 39-41.

Lin, B.H. and R.M. Morrison. Higher Fruit Consumption Linked with Lower Body Mass Index, FoodReview, Economic Research Service, USDA, Vol. 25, Issue 3, Winter 2002, pp. 28-32.

Morrison, R.M. Fat Substitutes in Foods: Growing Demand and Potential Markets, Carbohydrate Polyesters as Fat Substitutes, Casimir C. Akoh and Barry G. Swanson (ed.), Marcel Dekker: New York, NY, (1994):237-249.

Morrison, R.M., T. Roberts, and L. Witucki. "Irradiation of U.S. Poultry-Benefits, Costs, and Export Potential," FoodReview, Economic Research Service, USDA, Vol. 15, Issue 3, October-December 1992, pp. 16-21.

Morrison, R.M. "The Market for Fat Substitutes," National Food Review, Economic Research Service, USDA, Vol. 13, Issue 2, April-June 1990, pp. 24-30.

Morrison, R.M. "Economics of Food Irradiation: Comparison Between Electron Accelerators and Cobalt-60," Radiation Physics and Chemistry, Vol. 35, Nos. 4-6, (1990):673-679.

Morrison, R.M. An Economic Analysis of Electron Accelerators and Cobalt-60 for Irradiating Food, TB-1762, Economic Research Service, USDA, June 1989.

Morrison, R.M. and T. Roberts. Food Irradiation: New Perspectives on a Controversial Technology: A Review of Technical, Public Health, and Economic Considerations, prepared for the Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress, December 1985.

Morrison, R.M. "Generic Advertising of Farm Products," AIB-481, Economic Research Service, USDA, September 1984.