Amber Waves

Amber Waves presents the broad scope of ERS research and analysis on the economics of food, farming, natural resources, and rural America. The April 2018 issue includes articles on U.S. consumer demand for fresh fruit, participation trends in SNAP, the effect of avian influenza on egg prices, and the issuance of microloans to small and disadvantaged farmers.

New from ERS


China's Foreign Agriculture Investments

China’s foreign investments have included hundreds of agriculture-and-food-related ventures involving many commodities. Agribusinesses from developed nations are increasingly becoming targets for Chinese investors.


The Association Between Nutrition Information Use and the Healthfulness of Food Acquisitions

The nutritional quality of foods acquired for at-home consumption increases with the level of a household's use of nutrition information. This correlation does not hold for foods acquired for away-from-home consumption.


Trends in Food Recalls: 2004-13

ERS study finds food product recalls increased significantly from 2004 through 2013; recalls due to undeclared allergens nearly doubled.


Economic Effects and Responses to Changes in Honey Bee Health

This study provides an overview of the pollination services market and the mechanisms by which beekeepers, farmers, and retail food producers adjust to increasing scarcity in the pollination services market.


The Food Assistance Landscape: FY 2017 Annual Report

In FY 2017, expenditures on USDA’s 15 domestic food and nutrition programs totaled $98.6 billion, 4 percent less than in the previous fiscal year and almost 10 percent less than the historical high of $109.2 billion set in FY 2013.

Food Dollar Series

The food dollar data series is composed of three primary series—the marketing bill series, the industry group series, and the primary factor series—that shed light on different aspects of the food supply chain. Nominal (current year) and real data are now available from 1993 to 2016.