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How would compliance with dietary recommendations affect revenues for agricultural producers
- Rickard, Bradley J., Gonsalves, Jana L.
- Food policy 2008 v.33 no.5 pp. 422-433
- dietary recommendations, agricultural products, food consumption, economic impact, food choices, Dietary Guidelines, nutrient intake, food intake, nutritional adequacy, profitability, econometric models, farm income, specialty crops, California
- Nutritionists and other health experts have recommended a range of dietary plans, and these often differ significantly. Although the USDA food guides have been the most visible in the United States, other dietary plans now are achieving greater public recognition. Our analysis extracts the nutrient recommendations for seven dietary plans and models the recommendations as shifts in demand for the nutrients. Demand shifts for nutrients are combined with nutrient composition shares to simulate the revenue implications in selected agricultural markets. Based on current consumption patterns in the United States, we find that compliance with Harvard's Healthy Eating Pyramid would generate the greatest revenue gains for specialty crop producers in California.