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Will Barley Someday Have A Higher Profile In U.S. Foods?

September 27, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Barley acreage has dropped since 1985 in Washington State – because of favorable wheat prices and a herbicide problem – but is now on the rebound and grain industry leaders in the Western U.S. see an opportunity for an increased role for barley in food production. Most barley in the U.S. today is grown for animal feed (51 percent) or to create malt for beer production (44 percent). Only two percent is used in food production, and therein lies a potential opening. Mary Palmer Sullivan, program director for the Washington Grain Alliance, calls barley a “nutritional powerhouse” high in fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. She can take credit for barley's heart-healthy claims being accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Andy Perdue , "Washington barley on the rebound", Tri-City Herald (Washington), September 27, 2012, © Tri-CityHerald.com
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