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Abstract

The Interindustry flows required to support the output of the U S food and fiber system are decomposed Into backward and forward linkages Our purpose is to evaluate the relative Importance of farm versus food-and fiber-processing activities For the United States In 1977, backward linkages accounted for 11 percent ($80 billion) of nonfarm business activity of the food and fiber system Forward linkages dominated, accounting for 89 percent ($626 billion)

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