Economic importance of food and fiber in the Georgia economy
Kane, Sharon P.
McKissick, John C.
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Economic activity that begins with production of food and fiber products forms an integrated system that impacts the state economy. The system includes production inputs, direct processing, further processing, distribution, and retail consumption. The food and fiber system is composed of industries involved in agricultural and forestry production, including support services; food and fiber processing and manufacturing; production inputs; food retail and wholesale trade; and food services. Employment in the total food and fiber sector of 708,174 employees is more than any other sector in the economy. Sales of $92.146 billion rank the total food and fiber sector first among all Georgia economic sectors. Food and drink manufacturing has more employment and output value than any other Georgia manufacturing sector. Food and fiber accounts for 14% of employment, 13% of output, and 9% of value added in the Georgia economy.