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Research from Department of Agriculture Broadens Understanding of Applied Economics


  2012 APR 13 - (VerticalNews.com) -- "The federal government has issued Dietary Guidelines for Americans seven times since 1980, but the 2005 whole-grain recommendation was the first instance in which consumers were given a specific dietary target, that whole grains should be at least half of their grain consumption. Anecdotal evidence pointed to a unique result, an increase in demand for whole-grain foods," scientists writing in the journal Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy report.

  "Contemporaneous decreases in prices of whole-grain foods, relative to refined-grain foods, however, confound the evidence. We show that for whole-grain bread, there was an increase in retail demand even after accounting for price changes," wrote L. Mancino and colleagues, Department of Agriculture.

  The researchers concluded: "Separate models for higher- and lower-income consumers show that the demand shift occurred among higher-income consumers, but not for lower-income consumers."

  Mancino and colleagues published their study in Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy (Demand for Whole-grain Bread Before and After the Release of Dietary Guidelines. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 2012;34(1):76-101).

  Additional information can be obtained by contacting L. Mancino, Dept. of Agriculture, Econ Res Serv, Washington, DC 20250, United States.

  The publisher of the journal Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy can be contacted at: Oxford Univ Press Inc, Journals Dept, 2001 Evans Rd, Cary, NC 27513, USA.

  Keywords: City:Washington, State:District of Columbia, Country:United States, Region:North and Central America, Politics

  This article was prepared by VerticalNews Economics editors from staff and other reports. Copyright 2012, VerticalNews Economics via VerticalNews.com.

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