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Thursday, March 18, 2010

The USDA's Economic Research Service is 100 years old!

Not really the most exciting headline, but with 100 years of data, you can track some really interesting trends.

"From meat and potatoes in the early 1900s to deli-prepared rotisserie chicken and Asian pasta salad today, the answer to the age-old question, “What’s for dinner?” has shifted in response to a variety of events—rising wages, nutritional discoveries, wartime rationing, and more women working outside the home, to name a few.


Now in its centennial year, ERS’s food availability data set provides a unique window into how the U.S. food supply responds to political, social, and economic forces, along with ever-evolving technoloical advancements. By measuring the flow of raw and semi-processed commodities through the U.S. marketing system, ERS’s food availability data reveal the types and amounts of food commodities available for consumption."


Here are a few:

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Read the full article to learn more.
(There's some interesting dialogue/history to go with the graphs, but I cut all that wordy stuff out).

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