In a series on NPR online called, “Graphing America”, I found an article with some interesting graphs on how much less America spends on groceries today versus 30 years ago. This third-party research is pertinent to pair with our farmers and ranchers stories of how they raise food to complete the whole story of food production.
The way we spend our grocery money has also changed.
We now spend a much bigger share of our grocery money on processed foods, which includes things like frozen dinners, canned soups and snacks. We spend much less on meat, largely because meat is much cheaper than it was 30 years ago.
According to Walter Falcon, a Stanford economist who’s an expert on food, "We’ve seen major restructuring in poultry, pork and beef industries that has allowed efficiencies and brought down the cost."
Some people may argue that “healthier foods” like fruits and vegetables are more expensive than processed foods, thus we have a society that is struggling with obesity. However from the chart below to compare food prices then and now, you can see that many fruits and veggies have decreased in price as well.