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What Makes Your Garden Grow? OSU Researchers Dig for Answers in Their Latest FooD Survey

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:55:52 CST

What Makes Your Garden Grow? OSU Researchers Dig for Answers in Their Latest FooD Survey Oklahoma State University’s Agricultural Economics Department released the summary report of the February 2018 edition of the Food Demand Survey (FooDS) this week. Several new ad hoc questions were added to the survey this month relating to gardening and people’s participation in growing their own food. About 40% of participants stated that ‘yes’ they do maintain their own garden. Those who responded yes were asked several questions relating to their gardens.

About 51% of participants stated their garden was less than 150 square feet (less than the area of a standard parking space for a car). About 5% of participants stated their garden was more than 1,000 square feet (more than seven parking spaces).

Almost 90% of participants who garden stated they grow tomatoes. About 58% of those who garden grow peppers. About 46% of those who garden grown herbs. 15% of participants stated they grow non-edible plants raised for ornamentals. About 8% of participants stated they grow other plants not provided on this list.

Approximately 56% of participants who garden stated they never use any pesticides in their gardens. About 37% of participants answered that they will occasionally use pesticides; and about 4% of those who garden claimed to use pesticides frequently.

The final question was asked to all participants, regarding their personal preferences when buying produce. Over half of all participants stated they would prefer a “produce that looks perfect but was grown using traditional agricultural practices.” About 47% of participants stated they would prefer “produce with some slight, cosmetic blemishes but was grown using organic practices.”

According to the regular portion of the survey that measures consumer trends, willingness-to-pay (WTP) increased for chicken breast and hamburger, but decreased for steak, pork chops, deli ham, and chicken wings compared to the prior month. WTP for deli ham saw the largest percent decrease among meat products compared to one month ago. WTP for all food products is lower than one year ago.

Expenditures on food eaten at home increased 0.17% from January to February and expenditures on food purchased away from home increased 1.71%. Consumers expect an increase in chicken, beef, and pork prices compared to one month ago. Consumers plan to buy more chicken, beef, and pork compared to last month. Plans to eat out decreased compared to last month.

Taste, safety, and price remained consumers’ most important values when purchasing food this month. Consumers’ food values remained similar to those in past months. Similar to last month, consumers reported that their main challenge was finding affordable foods that fit within their budget.

To take a look at the complete summary report of this month’s edition of the FooDS Survey for more highlights, click or tap here.

Source - Oklahoma State University



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