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Per Capita Availability Up in 2020
Despite a continuing global pandemic and a number of weather-related events, the U.S. vegetable industry was able to overcome the myriad of obstacles and challenges and continue to supply consumers with an almost uninterrupted flow of vegetables and pulse crops. According to preliminary data, this effort resulted in per capita domestic availability of all vegetables, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pulse crops, and mushrooms rising 3 percent to 390 pounds from 2019. Availability increased for fresh and processing vegetables, was about steady for potatoes, and declined for pulse crops and mushrooms. Much of the gain in availability was served by increased imports as aggregate domestic production was steady. As vaccinations become widespread, employment rises, and consumers can enjoy more pre-pandemic activities and behaviors, per capita vegetable availability is expected to increase again in 2021.