Moving in Opposite Directions? Exploring Trends in Consumer Demand and Agricultural Production

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Susan A. Schneider

University of Arkansas - School of Law

Date Written: November 8, 2017

Abstract

This article explores two divergent trends in the American food system: (1) consumer demand for “real” food that is sustainably produced and (2) the economic and political forces that continue to encourage consolidation and industrialization in agricultural production. It first considers consumer preferences for their food system, noting the evolution of the food movement from elite to mainstream in its significance. It then explores the latest data regarding agricultural production from the Census of Agriculture, revealing strong movement in a seemingly opposite direction from the consumer food movement. The article concludes by offering some signs that the future may provide hope for reconciliation, moving our food system in a positive, healthy, and sustainable direction.

Keywords: food, consumer, animal welfare, sustainable, environment, industrialized, concentrated, consolidated, agriculture, farm, production, food movement, food system, healthy

JEL Classification: I, K, Q

Suggested Citation

Schneider, Susan A., Moving in Opposite Directions? Exploring Trends in Consumer Demand and Agricultural Production (November 8, 2017). 43 Mitchell Hamline Law Review 400 (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=

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