ERS Administrator Mary Bohman participated in a Washington Post panel discussion called “Transformers: The Future of Food” on Tuesday, June 13.
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Ag and Food Statistics: Charting the Essentials
A collection of 70 charts and maps presenting key statistics on the farm sector, food spending and prices, food security, rural communities, the interaction of agriculture and natural resources, and more.
The food dollar series measures annual expenditures by U.S. consumers on domestically produced food. This 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. The three series show three different ways to split up the same food dollar.
America’s Diverse Family Farms
Family farms comprise 99 percent of U.S. farms, accounting for 89 percent of production. Small farms make up 90 percent of farms, operating nearly half of farmland. Still, large family farms accounted for 42 percent of production in 2015.
Food Away from Home
Consumption of food prepared away from home plays an increasingly large role in the American diet. In 1970, 25.9 percent of all food spending was on food away from home; by 2012, that share rose to its highest level of 43.1 percent.
Investigating Retail Price Premiums for Organic Foods
Since USDA began regulating organic labels on food in 2002, the organic food sector has been one of the fastest growing sectors in the food industry. According to the National Business Journal, total sales for organic food were just under $11.5 billion in 2004, climbing to an estimated $37 billion in 2015.
Despite Profit Potential, Organic Field Crop Acreage Remains Low
U.S. crop acres under USDA certified organic systems have grown rapidly since the National Organic Program (NOP) was implemented in 2002. Organic crop acreage increased from about 1.3 million to almost 3.1 million acres between 2002 and 2011. While acreage for some major field crops increased substantially, growth was modest for others.
The California Leafy Greens Industry Provides an Example of an Established Food Safety System
Firms participating in a recent ERS case study adopted food safety practices beyond just those required by the LGMA for many needs, including their own risk management, ease of operation, and to meet buyer demands. Labor costs, in the form of the food safety staff (including recordkeepers) and harvest foremen with food safety responsibilities, dominated the costs measured.
Regulation, Market Signals, and the Provision of Food Safety in Meat and Poultry
Public disclosure of food safety performance information of poultry slaughter plants encouraged those plants to improve food-safety practices and was correlated with fewer samples of broilers that test positive for Salmonella over 2006-14.