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Food & Food Security

Jayson Lusk

Department Head/Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics

Lusk specializes in the economics of food and consumer preferences.

Dr. Jayson Lusk

Jayson Lusk oversees one of the country’s top agricultural economics programs. Lusk has also served on the editorial council of eight academic journals and his own research is widely cited within the field. In his own research, Lusk attempts to understand how consumer preferences are formed, especially in regards to food and nutrition. His research and experience have granted him a comprehensive overview of the rhetoric and trends that steer the field of agricultural economics

Lusk has authored several books parsing the economics of food consumption. His most recent publication, “Unnaturally Delicious,” details how experts in technology and agriculture can collaborate to solve issues of food insecurity and nutrient deficiencies. In his book, Lusk investigates projects where scientists grow meat without livestock, manufacture edible food on 3D printers and employ technological advances to increase crop yields and limit runoff. Lusk also writes a blog where he demystifies questions of food economics for the public and can often be found as a source in the media, answering questions about the politics and economics of what we eat and why.

Lusk is frequently interviewed by broadcast and print reporters on topics of pressing national and global interest.

Ph.D. in agricultural economics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

B.S. in food technology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Stories Featuring Jayson Lusk

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The Road from Farm to Table

Purdue Agriculture


The following questions and answers provide background and insight into how COVID-19 is impacting the food supply chain and animal welfare. The information is provided by Jayson Lusk, distinguished professor and head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, and Candace Croney, professor of animal behavior and well-being, and director of the Center for Animal Welfare…

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Fix the Farm Bill

U.S. News


The United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles is intended as a roadmap for Congress in the next Farm Bill. The current farm subsidiaries are wasteful, unfair and corrupt. Read More

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Professor Lusk addresses food shopping during the COVID-19 epidemic

Purdue University


Distinguished Professor and Department Head of Agricultural Economics, Jayson Lusk, reassures the public on grocery shopping and the agricultural business in response to coronavirus. Listen to Lusk and other Purdue experts on their recommendations for the public to safely respond to COVID-19. Read More