Patrick Canning is a Senior Research Economist for USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). He studies the US food system with a focus on research that informs food policy discussions at the Federal level. His recent published research includes two in-depth ERS reports; one that provides a detailed answer to the question “Where do our food-dollars go?” and another that assesses energy use throughout the US food system. His forthcoming article in the journal Economic Systems Research contributes to the field of applied regional studies by demonstrating a general framework to objectively assess input data quality used to calibrate multiregional data systems. He is currently a principal investigator on two transdisciplinary research projects. One project seeks to assess whether policies promoting healthy diets and policies promoting food system sustainability are complementary or competing. Another brings together an interdisciplinary team of scientists and expert practitioners to evaluate the viability of scaling up and scaling out specific value chains to alleviate food insecurity among the underserved populations of the Northeastern US. Dr. Canning holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland. He earned his PhD in Economics from George Washington University.