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The American Consumer and the Changing Structure of the Food System

From processing and distribution to retailing and consumer attitudes, the structure of the food industry has significantly changed since the mid-1990’s. USDA’s Economic Research Service, in conjunction with seven co-sponsors, hosted a conference May 3-5, 2000, in Arlington, Virginia. Then Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman, made the opening remarks, which were followed by “Eating in the 21st Century,” a new 25-minute video that traced the eating patterns of Americans over the past century. A round table discussed future trends in consumer demand and how the food industry will respond. More than 150 researchers, government staff, and industry representatives participated. Conference papers were published in scholarly journals and popular periodicals.





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