The Agricultural Council of America unveiled a new flow chart showing the many activities and industries involved in supplying the nation’s consumers with food, fiber and biofuels. The unveiling occurred Tuesday at the annual Celebration of Agriculture dinner held in USDA’s Whitten Building in Washington, D.C.
“The process starts with the discovery and marketing of crop and livestock inputs,” says Gerald Tumbleson, ACA chairman and National Corn Growers Association’s representative. “It continues with their distribution to farmers/ranchers who produce the food, fiber and feedstocks to produce biofuels, continues through processing, to each product’s final manufacturing and retailing to the end consumer.”
More than 21 million Americans are involved in the process of supplying the nation’s 301 million consumers with food, fiber and fuel.
“The new flow chart shows the many steps involved in putting food on our tables,” says USDA Secretary Ed Schafer. “Most consumers are aware of some of the effort that it takes to provide them with their daily needs, however, we don’t often realize the total magnitude of what it takes. The flow chart is a great educational piece. We encourage its use any organization, be it an educational institution, consumer group, the media or an industry within the chain, to review the chart and how it impacts their lives,” says Tumbleson.
To download a copy of the chart, click here.
Source: Agriculture Council of America