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So it's green right? Yes but that isn't all. In the event of a disaster we can rebuild cheaply. There might be a little more but honestly these are the two big things attached. You generally don't here about those together. Occasionally you might honestly it's it's either about green or being cheap. It depends though. As a Rule of thumb if it's in the 1st world it's all green and if it's in the thirf world it becomes about building durable but cheap homes. You see a pattern of common sense but it really doesn't go to far. It is after all common sense not to go to Haiti after an earthquake screaming about be green save the world. They just lost everything they had and some people they loved. But then in the 1st world it's all about green. I really want to know what that person is smoking. People for alot of reasons in the USA aren't green. There's climate change deniers, yes but so much more. Some people are broke. They afford this green premium. You know that I can pay ten extra dollars a month and my power company would pay someelse some where else to prodce the same amount of energy I use a month from green sources. Pardon me but I don't have ten dollars to flush. You go ahead and first bring down my power bill with this green abundant energy and we'll talk about me donating money towards it. I'm not going to live in 150 square foot house either. But then I don't have to live in a 150 square foot house. Natural building could used as a great tool but the morons with the knowledge need first to get their self together. It's a house. It can be cheap to build. It can be cheaply designed to reduce the expenses that it costs to operate it. It can look like any old dumb house. This isn't a part of the sales pitch because when preaching to the choir they have certain expectations. Meanwhile you have also pagans running around with the thought that you can't build here because it hasn't been built here. If have a message for the world quit putting it in a bow that is idyllic to you. Look the people you are trying to talk to and make sure it's idyllic for them. If not I leave you with the words of a 90's Bohemian Gen Xer, "Oh well, Whatever, nevermind."
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Americans spend less on groceries than most other developed countries. Unfortunately, we also spend more on unhealthy foods than vegetables and fruit. Source for this article: Why not find out more on this site?

Spending less

The average American household is said to have an income of $50,000 per year. That isn't exactly the lap of luxury for the typical two-parent, two-child plus assorted pets home. However, the good news is that, as a country, we spend less on food than other developed nations.

The Agency of Labor Statistics explained that in 2009, the average household spent $6,372 on food. About $2,619 of that was for food away from home and $3,753 was for food in the home. Mother Jones reports that the spending is only 6 percent of the $32,051 annual outlay for the year. The French spend 14 percent on food of the outlay while the British spends 9 percent on food.

Largely, according to a recent article by NPR, it has to do with the cost of food in America steadily decreasing over the past 30 years.

Maybe Michelle has a point

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

During that time, only one fruit and vegetable increased in price, and this includes grapefruit with a 6.5 percent increase and bell peppers with a 34 percent increase. No meats have gone up in price. In fact, the cost of steak has decreased 30 percent from 1982 going from $7 a pound to $4.90 a pound on average. Overall, food prices have decreased a ton.

Michelle Obama’s grievances about kid food health are entirely justified when you consider the percentage of what people spent on different foods. From 1982 to 2012, there were many changes in the amount spent on food. For example, Fruits and vegetables went from 14.5 percent to 14.6 percent, staying relatively the same. Meats decreased 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.

The agriculture subsidies

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.

The price of meat went up 8 percent in 2011, and the price of grain doubled. This just shows that costs are beginning to go up, according to Forbes.

Having low costs 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.

Sources

Mother Jones

NPR

Forbes

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Following up on this great conference I just wanted to write here to encourage all the Build Well presenters to post their presentations into the library and to encourage Bruce and Sarah to establish a Library category titled " "Build Well 2014 - Conference Proceedings" - or some such thing and get as much of the info into it as possible. Such a wealth of brilliance and personal commitments ! Thanks! Bruce Hammond
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Hi Gang, We have a request for a ride to Davis following BuildWell on Saturday March 22. Anybody? We have a participant coming from Turkey and arriving on March 15 -- is anybody able to help her with transportation from the SF airport and with a place to stay until the conference starts on the 19th? We have a number of people commuting from the East Bay -- are you able to ride share with anybody? Anyone else with transportation needs, please post here.
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Please use this forum as a communications hub for BuildWell 2014. If you have a ride to share or need a ride, put it here. If you are arriving at an airport, see if anybody is driving by and can give you a lift. One of the great things about being at Cavallo Point is that it is set apart in a spectacular setting, away from hustle and bustle. So, anybody interested in joining the carpooling conversation, please post here.
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The last post produced a great thread about concrete. If you have a topic to introduce, go to the top menu bar and select the little square with pencil and start a new thread. If you have a question, there is somebody with an answer. If you have a learning experience to share, I'm sure we'd all like to read it. If you have feedback, we'd like that too -- we want to make this resource as good as can be.
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