Changing Structure of Global Food Consumption and Trade
by Anita Regmi
Outlook No. (WRS-01-1) 111 pp, May 2001
Higher income, urbanization, other demographic shifts, improved transportation, and consumer perceptions regarding quality and safety are changing global food consumption patterns. Shifts in food consumption have led to increased trade and changes in the composition of world agricultural trade. Given different diets, food expenditure and food budget responses to income and price changes vary between developing and developed countries. In developing countries, higher income results in increased demand for meat products, often leading to increased import of live-stock feed. Diet diversification and increasing demand for better quality and labor-saving products have increased imports of high-value and processed food products in developed countries. Consumer groups in developed countries have also brought attention to organic production of food and the topic of animal welfare. One way in which the public and private sectors have responded to consumer demand for these quality attributes has been by developing and implementing mandatory and voluntary quality control, management, and assurance schemes.
Keywords: Consumer demand, food trade, food consumptiopn, agricultural imports, urbanization, food safety, organic food, animal welfare, quality assurance, Agricultral Economics
In this publication...
- Global Food Consumption and Impacts on Trade Patterns,
- Cross-Country Analysis of Food Consumption Patterns,
- Effects of Urbanization on Global Food Demand,
- Transportation Technology and The Rising Share of U.S. Perishable Food Trade,
- Changing Consumer Demand for Meat: The U.S Example, 1970 - 2000,
- Consumer Demand for Fruit and Vegetables: The U.S. Example,
- Effects of Food-Safety Perceptions on Food Demand and Global Trade,
- Factors Affecting International Demand And Trade in Organic Food Products,
- Impact of Consumer Demand for Animal Welfare on Global Trade,
- Consumer Demand Sparks the Growth of Quality Assurance Schemes in the European Food Sector,
- List of Tables,
- Entire report,
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