The food industry is the complex network of farmers and diverse businesses that together supply much of the food consumed by the world population. Although there is no formal definition for the term, the food industry covers all aspects of food production and sale. It includes such areas as the raising of crops and livestock, manufacture of farm equipment and agrochemicals, food processing, packaging and labeling, storage, distribution, regulatory frameworks, financing, marketing, retailing, catering, research and development, and education. The Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) uses the term food system to describe this entire enterprise.
- Sewing stations in packing lines