Category: Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability (CFDAS)

Fourth of July spreads didn’t shrink, but consumers are hitting their limits with higher food prices

For most Americans, higher prices at the grocery store did not impact their Fourth of July cookout, but more consumers are looking for sales and switching to generics, according to the Consumer Food Insights Report.

The generational divide shows in our food system, too

Gen Z households are struggling more to put food on the table compared to those of Millennials, Gen X and Boomers, according to the Consumer Food Insights report.

Forest disease

Purdue, U.S. Forest Service launch new and improved Alien Forest Pest Explorer

Purdue University and the U.S. Forest Service recently announced the new and improved Alien Forest Pest Explorer interactive web tool. The user-friendly dashboard combines information from multiple sources to show the impact of different forest insects and diseases, and the potential…

Report shows differences in food insecurity, sustainable food purchasing between racial and ethnic groups

Black and Hispanic consumers are somewhat more likely to check food labels and much more likely to face food insecurity, according to the Consumer Food Insights Report.   The survey-based report out of  Purdue University’s Center for Food Demand Analysis and…

Integration leads to leap in tech for forest inventory, management

Through integration of aerial and ground-based mobile mapping sensors and systems, a team of Purdue digital forestry researchers has used advanced technology to locate, count and measure over a thousand trees in a matter of hours. “The machines are counting…

Urban-rural food satisfaction, food security gaps show in new report

Sam Polzin, a food and agriculture survey scientist for the center and co-author of the report, said minority and marginalized people in rural communities historically face even higher rates of food insecurity. “We need to identify and respond to challenges…

Policy opinions revealed in Consumer Food Insights Report

The Sustainable Food Purchasing Index (SFP) value for March remained the same as February at 68/100. The score reflects consumer food purchasing that aligns with a set of key recommendations for healthy diets from sustainable food systems. The index includes…

Consumer Food Insights Report details consumer reaction to inflation

Consumers are managing inflation in food prices for now, but their expectations to experience future inflation increased from last month, according to this month’s Consumer Food Insights Report from Purdue University. Read Full Story >>>

NSF funds Purdue researcher’s study of fundamental signals between plants and their environment

Stomata respond to light, pathogens, changes in humidity and, most important for his study, drought conditions. McAdam will investigate if stomatal function varies across plants, and whether this variation might determine where species grow and how well they survive stress.…

New report provides insight on consumer food spending, satisfaction, sustainability

Sam Polzin, a food and agriculture survey scientist for the center and co-author of the report, said the goal is to create a useful public resource. “Informed decisions are one way we can build a better and more sustainable food…

Purdue trustees approve $20 million greenhouse expansion

The approved funding supports phase one of a master plan, which consists of demolishing two span-type greenhouses, a work center and storage. A four-season research greenhouse will be built in that space. Conveyors installed in two of the new greenhouse…

First-of-its-kind estimate of the total number of tree species

The global initiative GFBI has steadily grown over the past five years, and its efforts to understand the world’s tree population are bearing fruit. The global tree species estimate follows development of the first global map of tree symbioses, published in the…