What Is the "breadbasket of the World"?

"Breadbasket of the world" has historically been a moniker attached to the United States based on its position as a leader in global food production. A 2013 Economy in Crisis article noted that increased food production in other parts of the world mitigates the meaning behind this label.

Some high food-producing states in the United States also have claimed recognition as the "breadbasket of the world," including California and Kansas. As of 2014, California is the fifth-leading supplier of food and agriculture goods, such as grapes, fresh fruits and vegetables. Kansas agricultural agencies sometimes refer to their state as the world's "breadbasket" based on its leadership in wheat production.