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People spending less on groceries but more on unhealthy foods

Discussion in 'California' started by kendrascott, May 5, 2014.

  1. kendrascott

    kendrascott Young Morel

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    Individuals spend less on groceries than most other developed countries. Unfortunately, we also spend more on processed foods than vegetables and fruit. Article source: come look at you and me at this time with our web-site!.

    <strong>Spending a lot less on food</strong>

    Compared with other developed countries, Individuals spend less cash on food annually. Still, the average American income is $50,000 per year, and that is not quite enough cash to look after a typical family of four with pets.

    In contrast to other countries, the U.S. is not looking too bad since the typical British family spends 9 percent of the annual outlay on food and the typical French family will spend 14 percent. Mother Jones points out that Americans only spent six percent of the $32,051 annual outlay for 2009. That adds up to $6,372 total on food for the year: $3,753 for food in the home and $2,619 for food from the home.

    The cost of food in America decreasing for the past 30 years is the biggest reason, according to the NPR article.

    <strong>Maybe Michelle has a point</strong>

    Recent Agency of Labor Statistics data indicates yearly household expenditures on food have ticked up to around 8 percent of annual outlays. However, that is considerably less than the typical household in 1982, when food spending was closer to 13 percent.

    Food prices have really dropped a lot in that time. In fact, no meats went up in price. Steak costs dropped from $7 a pound to $4.90 a pound from 1982 to 2012. Grapefruit costs increased 6.5 percent and bell pepper costs increased 34 percent. Other than that, no other vegetables and fruit increased in price.

    Michelle Obama’s grievances about child food health are totally justified when you consider the percentage of what individuals used on different foods. From 1982 to 2012, there were many changes in the amount spent on food. For instance, Vegetables and fruit went from 14.5 percent to 14.6 percent, staying relatively the same. Meats dropped from 31.3 percent to 21.5 percent. The worst part is that processed foods and sweets increased from 11.6 percent to 22.9 percent.

    <strong>Looking at the subsidies</strong>

    From 1995 to 2010, the agriculture industry has received $261.9 billion in subsidies. The amount of corn produced produced in America increased from 4 billion bushels to 12 billion bushels in that time. This is part of why we are paying less for groceries, according to Mother Jones.

    Grain costs and meat prices have increased a lot lately though. In 2011, the price of grain doubled and the price of meat increased 8 percent.

    Having low prices does not help the farmer, according to the Daily Green. About 15.8 percent of the cost of an item sold will go back to the entity that produced it, according to the Department of Agriculture, which is why subsidies are needed.

    <strong>Sources</strong>

    Mother Jones

    NPR

    Forbes
     
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  2. hattrick

    hattrick Morel Enthusiast

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