Only 16 Cents On The Dollar

by Christopher Paul on February 27, 2011

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According to the USDA, only 16 cents of every dollar spend on food goes to the farmers. Everything else does to marketing, packaging, legal, transportation, and other expenses.

Overall, the USDA’s report noted that the farm share component of food dollar expenditures has decreased steadily over the past twenty years, from just over 18 cents in the early nineties when this analysis began. Digging deeper into the numbers, the report’s authors conclude that this decrease is due to a rise in eating out. The more we spend on paying others to cook dinner and clean up behind us, the smaller the proportion of our total food dollar that goes to the farmer.

The full report can be read here.

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