USA: The changes of the organic food industry

Phil Howard – a professor with the Michigan State University – has published a set of graphics showing the changes and acquisitions within the organic food industry over the last years.

The graphics show the changes that have occurred since the USDA national organic standards were implemented (October 2002), including the introduction of new food labels by major food processors, significant acquisitions of organic brands plus the investment firms involved within these.

…Phil Howard’s research focuses on investigating the relationships between food, agriculture and public health, as well as assisting communities to characterize and respond to changes in the food system. He uses a variety of methods including multilevel regression modeling, deliberative and inclusionary processes, and data visualization. Phil is currently exploring ‘food environments’ and their potential relationships with health outcomes. He is also studying national consumer interest in ‘ecolabels’ as a potential strategy for improving the livelihoods of small- and medium-scale farms, and consolidation in the food system, particularly in the rapidly growing organic sector…


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More information, full size images and documents of Phil Howard at his University home page.

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