Food consumption patterns affected by macro-level population characteristics are examined with respect to projected demographic trends. Standard demand models based on price and income are enhanced to reflect impacts of total population, household size, and regional population distribution. These models provide baseline information for illustrating effects on food demand under different social-demographic scenarios, such as changes in population size, regional migration pat terns, and changes in household size, composition, and income growth, rates. Likely demographic projections show a greater proportional effect of total population, household size, and regional shifts on food demand than income for some commodities and for total food demand. Food consumption data are based on the USDA Nationwide Food Consumption Survey, 1977-78.

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