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Amber Waves: The Economics of Food, Farming, Natural Resources, and Rural America

June 2009

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Photo: Snapshots of various old and new people with food

by Rosanna Mentzer Morrison, Jean C. Buzby,
and Hodan Farah Wells

ERS’s food availability data span 100 years, allowing researchers, marketers, and policymakers to examine historical consumption trends and shifts in food demand.


Photo: Small supermarket
Access to Affordable, Nutritious Food
Is Limited in “Food Deserts”

by Michele Ver Ploeg

For a small percentage of U.S. households, access to a
supermarket or large grocery store is a problem.


Photo: Cows

Organic Dairy Sector Evolves To Meet
Changing Demand

by William D. McBride and Catherine Greene

Despite being more costly to produce, organic milk production more than tripled in 5 years, but, more recently, growth has slowed in the wake of the weaker U.S. economy. .


Photo: Empty shelves in grocery store where spinach used to be before outbreak

Consumers’ Response to the 2006 Foodborne Illness
Outbreak Linked to Spinach

by Carlos Arnade, Linda Calvin, and Fred Kuchler

Following a Government warning to avoid bagged spinach because of possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination, spinach sales fell but expenditures for total leafy greens remained unchanged.


Photo: People standing in line outside an employment builiding

by Timothy S. Parker, Lorin D. Kusmin, and Alexander Marré

Though nonmetro and metro areas had similar rates of employment loss and unemployment in the most recent recession, nonmetro areas may take longer to recover