Census Bureau chimes in: Per capita fresh over 30 years

01/10/2011 11:38:20 AM
Tom Karst

Some numbers from the 2011 Agricultural Statistical Abstract of the United States illuminate long term trends in a tidy space.

This chart shows fresh produce consumption trends for the past 30 years, in addition to shedding light on production, imports and exports.

For citrus, per capita consumption has declined from 23.5 pounds in 2000 to 20.4 pounds in 2008. Meanwhile, the USDA statistics indicate that imports now comprise about 14.5% of total citrus supply, up from a mere 1.3% in 1980, 4.8% in 1990 and 7.9% in 2000.

For non citrus fruit, per capita consumption was rated at 79.8 pounds in 2008, up from 76.6 pounds in 2000 and 70.4 pounds in 1990 and 60.9 pounds in 1980. The percent of non citrus fruit consumption accounted for about imports was 48.6% in 2008, up from 44.7% in 2000, 39.3% in 1990 and 35.7% in 1980.

Fresh vegetable and melon per capita consumption was rated at 167 pounds in 2009 compared with 174 pounds in 2000, 143.5 pounds in 1990 and 112.7 pounds in 1980. The role of imports has increased steadily for fresh vegetables and melons, from 7.2% in 1980, 9.8% in 1990, 13% in 2000 and 20.1% in 2009.

Fresh potato per capita consumption was tallied at 37.4 pounds in 2009 compared with 47.2 pounds in 2000, 46.7 pounds in 1990, and well off the 51 pounds in 1980. The import share of fresh potato consumption is still small but elevated compared to years past. Imports accounted for 7.6% of fresh potato consumption in 2009, compared with 5.8% in 2000, 5.6% in 1990 and 1.8% in 1980.



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