Milton B. Francis


Mankind is a part of the world's foodchain.  Without the intake of food (a resource), life would not be sustainable.  Man depends heavily on this type of resource.  The dependence on this lends itself to Consumerism.  Human consumption of food plays a vital role in life's well being.  In the consumption of food, mankind thinks about a variety of entities.  Some of these entities include: supply (availability), nutritional value (amount of ingredients), prices (expensive/inexpensive), Consumer Price Index - CPI, expenditures (household spending), among others.    

Food Availability 

In the USA, the Economic Research Service (ERS) annually calculates the amount of food available for consumption on a per capita basis in the United States. The U.S. food supply series, which measures national consumption of several hundred basic commodities, is based on records of commodity flows from production to end uses. This involves the development of supply and utilization balance sheets for each major commodity from which foods are purchased. Total available supply is the sum of production, beginning inventories, and imports. These three components are either directly measurable or are estimated by Government agencies using sampling and statistical methods.


Food Disappearance 

Also, in the USA, the Economic Research Service/United States Department of Agriculture (ERS/USDA) calculates the amounts of several hundred foods available for human consumption in the United States annually; also called "food supply" or "food disappearance" data. 


Food Guide Pyramid 

Although the American diet is becoming more healthful, eating habits still fall short of Federal 

dietary advice provided in the Food Guide Pyramid.   




The Food Guide Pyramid is one way for people to understand how to eat healthy.  It serves as an implication for the food consumption choices that are made by individuals. These choices include caloric sweeteners, fats & oils, fruits, vegetables, milk and meat products, and grains.