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Last updated on  March 1st, 2015

Restricting Sugar-Sweetened Beverages From SNAP Purchases Not Likely To Lower Consumption: Click here
To reduce obesity and improve health outcomes, some policymakers and nutrition advocates have argued that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits should not be allowed to be used for purchasing sugar-sweetened beverages. ERS research suggests that such a restriction is not likely to have much of an impact on SNAP participants' consumption of these beverages.

Measuring Access to Food in Tanzania: A Food Basket Approach: Click here
Household access to food over time in Tanzania is measured by comparing the cost of representative food baskets to household income. Consumption patterns show considerable diversity across the country. Combining food basket cost data and income data suggests that households in the bottom two income quintiles have significant difficulties with access to food.

Recession Had Greater Impact on Visits to Sit-Down Restaurants Than Fast Food Places: Click here
American Time Use Survey (ATUS) diaries from 2003-11 reveal that visits to sit-down restaurants declined during and after the 2007-09 recession, while fast food visits were little changed.

How Do Households Respond to Rising Food Prices in Developing Countries? (1): Click here
ERS analyzed Indian household consumption data to estimate the effects of rising food prices on food consumption and household welfare. Researchers found that because rice prices rose faster than wheat prices, households whose diets were dominated by rice suffered more than households who ate more wheat.

Many U.S. School Districts Serve Local Foods: Click here
USDA’s Farm to School Census, covering school years 2011-12 and 2012-13, found 36 percent of responding school districts served locally produced food in school meals and an additional 9 percent planned to serve local foods in the future.

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