By: USA Rice News
ARLINGTON, VA — According to the recently released Annual Food and Health Survey by the International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC), the importance of sustainability in food production is at an all-time high with consumers. Key drivers of consumer food purchases continue to be taste, price, healthfulness, convenience, and sustainability. The findings present a positive outlook for rice consumption in 2018.
The online survey of more than 1,000 Americans ages 18-80 revealed that 59 percent of consumers “prefer that the foods they purchase and consume be produced in a sustainable way.” This 59 percent mark represents an all-time high for the IFIC survey, with the percentage growing from 35 percent in 2015, 41 percent in 2016, and 50 percent in 2017.
“Consumers interested in the sustainability of their food can look to U.S.-grown rice with confidence because our sustainability story is quite literally second to none,” said Michael Klein, vice president of marketing for USA Rice. “Our farmers are consistently reducing water, energy, and land use, increasing yields, and creating millions of acres of critical wildlife habitat, without the use of GMOs, all while adhering to the most thorough food safety standards in the world and producing an affordable, delicious, and nutritious food.”