Wednesday, April 18, 2012
World’s cheapest food in USA; At what cost?
foodfreedomgroup.com: In 2010, Americans spent just over 9 percent of their disposable income on food (5.5 percent at home and 3.9 percent eating out). This is a dramatically lower percentage [than that] spent just decades ago in the early 1960s, when over 17 percent was spent on food, and even more of a “bargain” compared to 1930, when Americans spent over 24 percent of their disposable income to feed their families. Professor Mark J. Perry stated on his Carpe Diem blog [that]“… compared to other countries, there’s no other place on the planet that has cheaper food than the U.S. The 5.5% of disposable income that Americans spend on food at home is less than half the amount of income spent by Germans (11.4%), the French (13.6%), the Italians (14.4%), and less than one-third the amount of income spent by consumers in South Africa (20.1%), Mexico (24.1%), and Turkey (24.5%), which is about what Americans spent during The Great Depression, and far below what consumers spend in Kenya (45.9%) and Pakistan (45.6%).” American food may be cheap, but that’s about the only “compliment” it deserves, because when you rely on cheap food, you typically get what you pay for... Behind virtually every cheap burger is a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO)... What’s the “Cost” of a Food System Based on Genetically Modified Foods?