As Washington farmers embrace technologies and advances in research to improve food production, our residents benefit. About 14 percent of Washington residents experience food insecurity, below the national average. The number of food insecure 8th through 12th graders has decreased significantly since 2012.
Greater availability of affordable food combats food insecurity, making sure more people have access to sufficient affordable, nutritious food. Research and new technologies on Washington farms work together reduce the cost of growing high-quality crops, helping food prices decrease. Ongoing research allows farmers to grow crops that thrive naturally in our climate and landscapes and the use of technology in farming allows farmers to grow crops with the greatest efficiency.
Thanks to the commitment of our farming families, for the first time in 50 years, 2016 grocery prices were lower than they were the year before. Prices decreased by 1.3 percent, according to the USDA Economic Research Service.
Governmental budget cuts threaten funding for the future of agricultural research, limiting our farmers’ abilities to make advances and to feed a growing population efficiently. With world population expected to increase by 34% by 2050, it’s vital for U.S. agriculture to continue to adopt technological advancements and to continue investing in research to grow the best and most nutritious foods.
Speak up to your legislators and urge continued funding of agricultural research in Washington State. Help our farmers continue to combat food insecurity and remain competitive in an increasingly competitive world marketplace.
Food Insecurity and Hunger http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/160-015-MCHDataRptFoodInsecHunger.pdf
USDA Economic Research Service: Consumers Paid Less for Grocery Store Foods https://www.ers.usda.gov/amber-waves/2017/march/consumers-paid-less-for-grocery-store-foods-in-2016-than-in-2015/