According to Del Monte Foods’ “2020 State of Healthy Eating in America Study,” [pdf] one in three Americans said they were never taught about nutrition. The study also revealed that while 70% of Americans said that when they eat a healthy diet, they feel like “the best version of themselves,” 32% of millennials feel a “significant amount of social pressure and anxiety” around what they eat.
While 86% of Americans responded that eating fruits and vegetables is crucial to maintaining a healthy diet, trying to eat well remains a significant stress factor (49%) for all generations. This stress can perhaps be attributed to a variety of ideas, including the following:
The report found that 78% of people think fresh food is healthy, and only 13% of people consider packaged food to be healthy. Also, 58% of Americans said they find it more difficult to keep fresh food in their home, and one in three believed it to be a waste of money because it goes bad so quickly. The study concluded that greater education around healthy choices could help further alleviate stress around eating.
To aid the movement of fresh specialty crops into marketing channels, AMS is extending the expiration date of USDA audit certifications scheduled to expire on or before May 31, 2020, by 60 days.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) has announced a regionalization agreement with China for the safe trade of poultry products.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program leaders this week emphasized the effectiveness of the agency’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, both for employees and U.S. consumers dependent upon the food supply.
Food industry leaders took part in a teleconference to update U.S. President Donald Trump on the situation over the weekend, and President Trump urged consumers to avoid hoarding essential food supplies in a news conference on Sunday.