Category Agriculture-Food

Productivity and Costs by Industry: Wholesale Trade, Retail Trade, and Food Services and Drinking Places, 2014

Productivity and Costs by Industry: Wholesale Trade, Retail Trade, and Food Services and Drinking Places, 2014 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Labor productivity – defined as output per hour – rose 2.6 percent in wholesale trade, 1.9 percent in retail trade, and 0.3 percent in food services and drinking places in 2014, the U.S. Bureau […]

Most U.S. Households Do Their Main Grocery Shopping at Supermarkets and Supercenters Regardless of Income

Most U.S. Households Do Their Main Grocery Shopping at Supermarkets and Supercenters Regardless of Income Source: USDA Economic Research Service Highlights: SNAP participants and households that are food insecure are less likely than higher income consumers to use their own vehicle for their primary food shopping. However, differences in transportation modes do not translate into […]

Agricultural Productivity Growth in the United States: Measurement, Trends, and Drivers

Agricultural Productivity Growth in the United States: Measurement, Trends, and Drivers Source: USDA Economic Research Service Since 1948, U.S. agricultural output has more than doubled, with an average growth rate of 1.49 percent per year between 1948 and 2011. This study uses comprehensive productivity accounts developed by ERS to examine changes and trends in U.S. […]

Number of food recalls and their costs to business and society are rising, finds new Swiss Re publication

Number of food recalls and their costs to business and society are rising, finds new Swiss Re publication Source: Swiss Re Publication finds that the number of recalls per year in the US has almost doubled since 2002 Food contamination costs US health authorities USD 15.6 billion per year; nearly 9 million Americans became sick […]

Sodium Intake Among U.S. Adults — 26 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, 2013

Sodium Intake Among U.S. Adults — 26 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, 2013 Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Excess sodium intake is a major risk factor for hypertension, and subsequently, heart disease and stroke, the first and fifth leading causes of U.S. deaths, respectively (1). During 2011–2012, the average daily […]

Adults Meeting Fruit and Vegetable Intake Recommendations — United States, 2013

Adults Meeting Fruit and Vegetable Intake Recommendations — United States, 2013 Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Eating more fruits and vegetables adds nutrients to diets, reduces the risk for heart disease, stroke, and some cancers, and helps manage body weight when consumed in place of more energy-dense foods (1). Adults who engage in […]

Federal Support for Nutrition Research Trends Upward as USDA Share Declines

Federal Support for Nutrition Research Trends Upward as USDA Share Declines Source: USDA Economic Research Service A recent ERS analysis of data maintained by DHHS’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows that Federal investments in nutrition research more than doubled in real (inflation-adjusted) terms from 1985 to 2009 due to increased DHHS funding, especially between […]