12 Jul '11, 8pm

Why it’s so hard to reform the food system, explained in one chart: via @grist

Why it’s so hard to reform the food system, explained in one chart: via @grist

Put aside the politics, the regulatory and court battles, and the media coverage for a moment. One of the main reasons food system reform is such a tall order is encapsulated in this graph created by Brookings Institution scholars Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney (via ThinkProgress ): As the researchers describe , here's what the chart shows: Although median wages for two-parent families have increased 23 percent since 1975, the evidence suggests that this is not the result of higher wages. Rather, these families are just working more. In 2009, for instance, the typical two-parent family worked 26 percent longer than the typical family in 1975. ... The 26 percent increase in hours worked mainly reflects increases in work outside of the home among women. In fact, among two-parent families with median earnings, the hours of men were relatively constant over time, while hou...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/food/2011-07-12-why-its-so-hard-to-r...

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