We spend a lower percent of our income on food than other countries. We spend less and eat more than we did 3o years ago. These trends are because of efficiencies in industrial food production by growing monocultures, using fertilizers, and big factory farming. It is also because of our unchecked use of natural resources.
Our food has become cheaper, but we pay for it in ways we don't always consider including:
- taxes that go to subsidies
- health care costs
- environmental costs
What can we do? Eat less and maybe lose a little weight? Bite the bullet and pay the bill for years of artificially low food prices?