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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?
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.
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