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Source: Purdue University

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture reviews the Farm Bill, consumers shared their opinions on food and agriculture policy in a new survey. The third Consumer Food Insights Report from Purdue University offers insights into the popularity of specific policies and how opinions differ depending on a consumer's income.

Increased funding for research to create crops more resistant to heat drought and flooding, and conservation programs to pay farmers and ranchers to adopt climate-smart practices were the most popular policies included, with more than 80% of the consumers in support. In addition, 63% of the respondents agreed that climate change will influence food prices.
Food safety and inspection ranked as the most important USDA budget category.

The survey-based report out of Purdue's Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability assesses food security and spending, consumer satisfaction and values, support of agricultural and food policies and trust in information sources.

Additional key results from the March survey include:

The Sustainable Food Purchasing (SFP) Index remained at 68/100.

Share of households experiencing very low food security rose to 9.7%.

Inability to find specific foods at the store decreased to 21%.

Total food spending increased by 8%.

16% of spending on food away from home went to delivery.

At present, consumer food demand is price insensitive.

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