Last month, a special issue of “Amber Waves,” a publication from USDA’s Economic Research Service, focused on farm and food policy. It presented research and features relating to policy issues.

Among the reports was one examining whether mandatory country-of-origin labeling, scheduled to take effect for meat products in September 2008, benefits consumers. The authors noted that the absence of voluntary COOL suggests that suppliers believe consumers are indifferent. For those consumers, “the higher prices resulting from mandatory COOL would make them unequivocally worse off,” the report said.

For the full report titled “Perspectives on Farm and Food Policy,” follow this link.