US study reveals critical role of food & ag sectors in the economy

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has served as a reminder of the critical role that the United States food and agriculture industries play in fueling our nation and ensuring that Americans are supplied with an abundance of safe food during this time of need. America’s food and agricultural industry is committed to helping the country get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

A new nationwide economic impact study, commissioned by 21 food and agriculture groups and available on the Feeding the Economy website, reinforces the significance of these industries as critical to day-to-day American life.

Together, the food & agricultural sectors are responsible for roughly one-fifth of the country’s economic activity, directly supporting over 23 million jobs; that equals nearly 15% of US employment.

It begins in the rich soil of America’s farms and ranches – more than 2.1 million of them – spread across the heartland and stretching to the coasts, covering two out of every five American acres.

Meanwhile, millions of food scientists, grocers and truck-drivers work in more than 200,000 food manufacturing, processing, and storage facilities, to keep food fresh and deliver it on time.

The journey may conclude at one of the nation’s 1 million restaurant locations staffed by some of the 15.1 million Americans employed there. More often, it makes its way from retail grocers to American homes, at kitchen tables, surrounded by families grateful for the nation’s bounty.

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