FOOD, NUTRITION & SCIENCE: Today's Abstract February 2012

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February 27, 2012

FOOD, NUTRITION & SCIENCE: Today's Abstract February 2012

In this month's issue of Food, Nutrition & Science: USDA's Agricultural Projection Through 2021, School Breakfast - Helping Students Get Ready for Success, CSA Farmer and more.

In this month's issue of Food, Nutrition & Science: USDA's Agricultural Projection Through 2021, School Breakfast - Helping Students Get Ready for Success, CSA Farmer and more.

U.S. retail food prices rose faster than the general inflation rate in 2011 and are projected to do so again in 2012, says the USDA in their recently released USDA Agricultural Projections to 2021. These baseline projections offer a glimpse into what is likely to happen to the prices we pay at the supermarket.

According to the USDA, prices for major crops are projected to decline in the short term as global production responds to recent high prices. However, long term growth is more favorable, thanks to a growing global demand for agricultural products, including the continued U.S. ethanol demand for corn and the EU biodiesel demand for vegetable oils.

In a second story, what has been proven to boost test scores and improve classroom behavior, while reducing tardiness and trips to the nurse's office? School breakfast! Yet in the race to get to the head of the class, many students forget the importance of jump-starting their school days with a morning meal.

And in a third story, Lucy Goodman farms a variety of crops on four acres of farmland in Eaton, Ohio. Goodman grew up working on horse farms and racetracks, and began planting her own crops about 20 years ago. What started out as a part time farm has since become a full time farming operation. Goodman's Boulder Belt Eco-Farm also has an active CSA (community supported agriculture).

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