13 Jun '12, 12pm

Food has gotten cheaper — but at what cost?

Food has gotten cheaper — but at what cost?

I’ve noticed that quite a few Grist readers have been struck by our coverage of shockingly high food prices in Inuit communities in Canada’s far north . It’s less a story of life in extreme lands than the culmination of a historical destruction of indigenous peoples’ traditional foodways combined with a conservative government’s unwillingness to help them adapt. How appropriate then that NPR’s Planet Money , as part of its Graphing America series, should look at how America’s food spending has changed over the last 30 years. The headline figure — the one Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is proudest of — is that we spend just under 9 percent of our income on food, about 30 percent less than we did in 1982. Image courtesy of NPR. Despite the drop, our shopping baskets have stayed more or less the same — with one notable exception. Processed foods now take the lion’s shar...

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