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A family enjoying a healthy meal at the dining tableHere’s something you may have realized…there are a LOT of government agencies out there – and many of them are deeply influential regarding how we live our lives.

…even how and what we eat.

Two of the most important agencies that primarily affect our food every single day are the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

But what specifically are these agencies responsible for?

The USDA

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), also known as the Agriculture Department, is the U.S. federal executive department responsible for developing and executing government policies that will help farming, agriculture, forestry, and food communities thrive. It’s overall goals are to meet the needs of farmers and ranchers, promote agricultural trade and production, work to assure food safety, improve nutrition and health by providing food assistance and nutrition education, and protect natural resources, and foster rural communities.

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