One goal of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Foods and Veterinary Medicine Program’s 13 Strategic Plan for 2016-2025 is to foster an environment to promote healthy food choices. Claims 14 appearing on food labels represent one aspect of this environment. The FDA has requested 15 interested parties to provide information about consumer understanding of the term “healthy,” an 16 implied nutrient content claim of great interest among consumers and food manufacturers. The 17 purpose of this study is to provide contemporary insights about U.S. consumer attitudes toward 18 regulating the term ‘healthy’ on food labels and consumer opinions about what considerations 19 should determine if foods are labeled ‘healthy.’ We analyze responses by 525 U.S. consumers to 20 an October 2016 online survey whose responses are weighted by income, age and race to be 21 representative of the contemporary U.S. population. We find 73% of respondents agree that the term 22 ‘healthy’ should be regulated by the Federal Government. Respondents’ most highly rated criteria 23 for determining ‘healthy’ foods include whether foods are free of GMOs, contain no artificial 24 ingredients, contain no trans-fat, are high in vitamins and low in saturated fats. No trans-fat was 25 rated statistically more important than low in saturated fat, while low in saturated fat was rated as 26 statistically more important than any of the following: low in all types of fat, low in sugar and low 27 in sodium.
About Us: Consumer Criteria for Using Healthy on Food Labels OSU Study 2017
This report provides projections for 2018 for the CAUV values of all soil types in Ohio enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Value Program (CAUV).
In the context of the economic logic of GATT/WTO, analysis of what might be driving US trade policy.
Journal of Agricultural and Food Industrial Organization, DOI: 10.1515/jafio-2017-0035. Jihyun Eum, Ian Sheldon and Stan Thompson. Article focuses on estimation of trade costs using a neo-Ricardian model.
“Certification Mechanisms for Credence Attributes for Foods: Does it Matter Who Provides Diagnosis?”
Annual Review of Resource Economics, doi.org/10.1146/annurev-resource-100516-053630. Article focuses on the provision of diagnosis vs. treatment in provisison of credence goods.
“Economic and Legal Analysis of Climate Policy and Border Tax Adjustments: Federal vs. State Regulation”
Working Paper, November 2017
View Understanding America's Rural Urban Interface recorded webinar. America’s rural-urban divide, it seems, has never been greater, a point reinforced by large geographic disparities in support for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. But it is also the case that big cities and rural communities are more tightly integrated than ever and are increasingly interdependent, both economically and socially. That’s the starting point for this free webinar drawn from the focus of the July issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. The webinar features the...
According to the Economic Contribution of Agricultural and Food Production to the Ohio Economy report, agricultural and food production in Ohio continues to grow despite decreasing employment and decreasing commodity prices. In 2015, Ohio's gross state product (GSP) was $617.4 billion. Ohio's agricultural and food production cluster with restaurants and bars directly account for $47 billion of gross state product and 900,000 jobs. That's $1 in every $13 of Ohio's GSP, and 1 in 8 jobs in Ohio. The authors of this new report were careful to ensure that the analysis follows the most up-to-date...
Presentation at the 2017 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference.
Presented at the Farm Science Review, September 19-20, 2017.
Opioid addiction, abuse, and overdose deaths have become the most pressing public health issue facing Ohio. Ohio leads the country in drug overdose deaths per capita, a rate that continues to rise, overwhelming families, communities, and local governments across the state. In this policy brief, we aim to contribute to the understanding of this unfolding crisis and highlight insights that can inform policymaking. One important motivation for us to consider this topic is its significant costs. We estimate that there were likely 92,000 to 170,000 Ohioans abusing or dependent upon opioids in 2015...