Food Production Heading in the Right Direction

The US Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) released findings of a new survey about Americans’ perceptions on food production.

According to the survey, 53 percent of Americans believe food production is heading in the right direction—an increase from the 48 percent who believed the same in a benchmark 2011 USFRA survey. Yet the survey reveals a gap between how Americans feel about their food and what they really know about their food. More than one in four Americans (27 percent) admit they often are confused about the food they are purchasing. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) do not believe that 95 percent of all US farms are in fact family-owned. Two-thirds of Americans (66 percent) correctly believe that pesticide use decreased from 956 million pounds in 1999 to 877 million pounds in 2007.