The Cost of Eating

On the average, American families spend about $150 a week on the food they eat.  Some spend as much as $180. But cheap food is not usually quality food. And the fact that food can be had for cheap also does NOT mean that it’s actually the most cost-efficient choice.

In fact, if you are eating processed food you are paying for it FIVE times!!!

(1) The first payment you make for is at the supermarket; let’s call that the down payment.grocerystore

(2) The second payment is at tax time, and it costs the same as the first one. Eighty percent of our food is processed food. Processed food is corn, cotton, soy, canola, rice, wheat, and sugar. They eat up 98 percent of all the subsidies. Those subsidies are paid for on tax day.

source: businessinsider

source: businessinsider

(3) The third time you pay for it is when you go to the doctor. In the last 20 years, an average of 60 million people have gotten food-borne illness in this country. As soon as you get sick and need medical help, prices soar.

source: debatepolitics

source: debatepolitics

(4) The fourth payment is the illnesses that you get from it. Heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, obesity – all of those are food-borne illnesses. It’s what you eat that is making you sick.obesitas_obesity_kegemukan_fat

(5) The fifth thing is: who’s going to clean up that farmland when the factory farmer leaves? The land is heavily damaged and polluted.

Aerial view of a feedlot (source:Wired)

Aerial view of a feedlot (source:Wired)

Food raised in the organic method is the cheapest food in the U.S., because you only pay for it once.  Of course you have to be the kind of person who actually can plan a healthier life to move off the “here and now” position. Are you?disease


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About creationsbybg

Beth and Graham met online almost 20 years ago and married in 2007. Planning for retirement has included finding more time to play again and creativity is blooming. Now that we have moved to Oregon our time is split between exploring and creative endeavors. What fun! Following several years enmeshed in the local food movement in West Virginia and active involvement in the establishment and running of a year-round indoor local food market, visiting farms and telling consumers about them is a work of joy.
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