Gardner Meals and Agricultural Coverage Survey: 2nd Quarter, Preliminary Outcomes


This yr, the Gardner Agriculture Coverage Program launched the Gardner Meals and Agricultural Coverage Survey, a reoccurring survey of roughly 1,000 US customers meant to observe public opinion on meals and agricultural points (farmdoc every day, June 2, 2022).

The survey is fielded on a quarterly foundation, and new respondents are recruited every quarter to match the US inhabitants by way of gender, age, earnings, and geographic area. The survey consists of a number of base questions, to permit us to trace adjustments in public notion of agricultural points, and a number of other advert hoc questions meant to handle well timed points related to agriculture and meals coverage. Quarter 1 was carried out in Might 2022 and Quarter 2 was carried out in August 2022. On this publish, we observe up on how US customers’ beliefs in regards to the meals system and belief in meals system actors have modified from Might 2022 to August 2022.

Beliefs In regards to the Meals System

We requested contributors to what extent they agree or disagree that the meals system produces meals sustainably, that’s suitable for eating, that tastes good, that’s wholesome, that’s reasonably priced, that’s accessible, and in a fashion that gives wholesome returns for provide chain actors (e.g., farmers, producers, grocery shops). Determine 1 reveals the outcomes for every meals perception for Quarter 1 (Might 2022) and Quarter 2 (August 2022).

In Quarter 2, we discover that beliefs in regards to the meals system remained persistently excessive. We discover that almost all of these surveyed both considerably agreed or strongly agreed that the meals system produces meals that’s sustainable (59.7%), protected (77.7%), tasty (83.2%), wholesome (68.2%), reasonably priced (58.9%), and accessible (77.9%) and that the meals system produces meals that gives wholesome returns for provide chain actors (65.8%). Affordability acquired the bottom stage of settlement, in step with persevering with inflation considerations. Nonetheless, we see little change within the proportion of Individuals who imagine their meals is reasonably priced between Might 2022 (59.1%) and August 2022 (58.9%).  On this quarter’s panel, we explored inflation points additional and can publish the leads to future articles.

Belief within the Meals System

We additionally requested contributors to what extent they trusted meals system actors, together with the federal government, eating places, grocery shops, meals producers, and farmers. Belief was measured on a scale from 1 (which means they don’t belief this group) to 7 (which means they belief this group very a lot). Determine 2 reveals the outcomes for every meals system actor for Quarter 1 (Might 2022) and Quarter 2 (August 2022).

In Quarter 2, we discover that belief in meals system actors remained very constant. In August 2022, farmers remained the best trusted group (5.6) adopted by grocery shops (5.1), eating places (4.8), meals producers (4.5), and authorities (3.7).

Concluding Ideas

Outcomes from the twond quarter panel of the Gardner Meals and Agricultural Coverage Survey present that confidence within the potential of the US meals system remained constant between Might 2022 and August 2022. We discover {that a} sturdy majority of Individuals proceed to imagine the meals system produces meals that’s sustainable, protected, tasty, wholesome, reasonably priced, accessible, and offers wholesome returns to provide chain contributors. Amongst these, problems with affordability stay the bottom and shall be explored additional. Belief in meals actors additionally remained very constant, with farmers persevering with to be probably the most trusted group.  Future articles on this 2nd quarter panel will look nearer at inflation points, in addition to conservation and local weather change.



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