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Possible Implications for U.S. Agriculture From Adoption of Select Dietary Guidelines

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  • Buzby, Jean C.
  • Wells, Hodan Farah
  • Vocke, Gary

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To help Americans meet nutritional requirements while staying within caloric recommendations, the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourage consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products, and fat-free or low-fat milk or milk products. This report provides one view of the potential implications for U.S. agriculture if Americans changed their current consumption patterns to meet some of those guidelines. For Americans to meet the fruit, vegetable, and whole-grain recommendations, domestic crop acreage would need to increase by an estimated 7.4 million harvested acres, or 1.7 percent of total U.S. cropland in 2002. To meet the dairy guidelines, consumption of milk and milk products would have to increase by 66 percent; an increase of that magnitude would likely require an increase in the number of dairy cows as well as increased feed grains and, possibly, increased acreage devoted to dairy production.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Economic Research Report with number 7230.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:ags:uersrr:7230

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Keywords: Agriculture; dairy; Dietary Guidelines for Americans; dietary recommendations; food; food consumption; food production; fruit; MyPyramid Food Guidance System; vegetables; whole grains; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety;

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  1. Schroeter, Christiane & House, Lisa & Lorence, Argelia, 2007. "Fruit and Vegetable Consumption among College Students in Arkansas and Florida: Food Culture vs. Health Knowledge," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IAMA), vol. 10(03).
  2. Rhodes, Charles, 2012. "A Dynamic Model of Failure to Maximize Utility in the Chronic Consumer Choice to Consume Foods High in Added Sugars," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 124693, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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