Skip to comments.Chart of the Week: Is food too cheap for our own good?
Posted on 05/26/2014 6:09:15 AM PDT by EBH
As you scarf down burgers and potato salad this long Memorial Day weekend, consider this: Americans have the cheapest food in history, and that unprecedented abundance is largely responsible for why were so fat.
According to a new article in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Americans in the 1930s spent a quarter of their disposable income on food. That share has fallen steadily through the decades, to the point where today less than 10% of Americans disposable dollars go for food. (That varies across income groups, of course: The poorest 20% of Americans still spend about a third of their disposable income on food.)
And even as the real cost of food goes down, each dollar we spend buys us more calories than it used to. The average Americans total caloric intake (adjusted for spoilage and other waste) rose from 2,109 calories in 1970 to 2,568 calories in 2010, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data the equivalent of an extra steak sandwich every day.
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Trying to soften the blow of runaway food inflation couched in claims of obesity?
Wait a minute. I thought gazillions of ‘mericans go to bed hungry every night.
What you said is true I would also add the organic, free range and grass fed type proteins are much LESS FATTENING than the cheaper stuff ..so the whole notion of too cheap = obesity is absurd. If food prices were lower, people could more easily afford the better proteins.
Yup... They are planning to write “How fortunate that Obama is President. Food used to be too cheap!” as soon as soon as the misery index goes up another notch.
And they're the fattest Americans in America.
Gonna have to tax it for our own good like tobacco.
so making food unaffordable is good because we will all lose weight?
I’m not so sure they would choose it though...?
WTF??? What is this guy smoking?
True with some and false with some - but not relevant to the point I was making ..I’m attacking the faulty thesis, not predicting mass behavior. Their thesis if wrong period.
Well, remember the whole food desert thing, in which Michelle Obama decries the lack of full service supermarkets in ghetto areas. So the poor have to eat chips and dips and snack/junk foods according to her theory.
No, look at the premise of the comparison they made...
Depression era food cost expenditures to today. It is an unrealistic comparison meant to cause confusion for those who don’t know history or recognize the era being used.
So they instill the thought that food is too cheap compared to what Grandma/Grandpa spent to obtain food.
Huge food inflation is coming and this is an early harbinger warning prepping the uneducated fools to accept their forced weight loss so 0bamacare becomes affordable. They are getting ready to starve Americans on a mass scale.
Obviously a candidate for the most absurd headline ever written - as if such a thing were even possible.
If they were so ‘concerned’ about our health and waistlines, Cheetos would cost ten bucks a bag and lettuce would be a nickel a head. And tell the Department of AgriNazis to keep their filthy paws off my cheese steak, the damn dirty apes!
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It seems to me there are “facts” in this article that maybe aren’t. I wish I only spent 10% of income on food. That figure could be right,but will depend on the income figure it’s based on. “Disposable income” needs to be a little better defined,too.
No food is very cheap for the obese Poor. They all have SNAP cards and can load up on groceries on the taxpayers’ dime. Meanwhile, decent hamburger is $5/lv. now for the tax drone who is financing the obese Poor. That is not cheap.
Pew Trying to get us all to feel guilty about living a decent lifestyle. Kiss my grits and pass the ribs.