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– Arthur Schopenhauer
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Thursday. It is like Friday, but not quite.. We are almost there, butfirst we have an important topic to cover–the cost of cheap food. Most of usknow that there is an additional cost associated with the cheapest foodoptions at the grocery store. $0.89 may be what you are charged at theregister for that box of Kraft Mac and Cheese, but what is the real price? Andwhy does it matter? Let’s dive in.
Someone Pays Up Eventually…
Why is healthy food so expensive? It’s a common question for people looking totransition into a healthier way of eating, but it is the wrong question toask. The real question is–why is some food so cheap? The answer–it isn’tcheap. It’s actually incredibly expensive. This Washington Postarticle doesa great job breaking it all down, but basically it boils down to this–The costof cheap food is actually three times the price you pay at the register onceyou factor in rising health care costs, climate change, and biodiversity loss.That’s right. For someone buying mostly processed, conventionally farmed,cheap foods at the grocery store, they’re final receipt might read $100, butthe true cost of those food choices is closer to $300. This is all accordingto this report, which used government statistics, scientific literature andexpert insights across the food system to quantify any direct medical costsstemming from diet and food, as well as the productivity loss associated withthose health problems. They also looked at farming practices and their impacton the environment in order to evaluate the true cost of our food system.Chronic disease linked to diet was the biggest hidden cost attributed to ourfood system. Diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease are all expensiveconditions to treat, and are preventable, accounting for a cost of over $604billion dollars each year. As for the environmental problems, how do you evenput a price on greenhouse gas emissions, water depletion, soil erosion, andreduced biodiversity? I am not sure, but the researchers that authored thereport determined that the unaccounted for costs of the food system on theenvironment and biodiversity add up to almost $900 billion per year. Yikes. Soback to the $100 grocery bill that is actually a $300 cost. Who pays for that$200 difference? Well, as taxpayers, members of society, and inhabitants onearth, we all do. It may seem abstract, but those costs are distributedamongst all of us, making it our responsibility to be a proactive part of thesolution. The solution? Keep this all in mind when making your food choices.Is a regenerative raised pound of ground bison going to cost more at checkoutthan a pound of conventional 80/20 ground beef found at most grocery stores?Yes. But that isn’t the true cost of that food choice, and eventually someonewill end up paying a lot more than just the difference in price.
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Leave Africa Alone, William.
In our latest edition of “Bill Gates Doing Bill Gates Things” we have our goodfriend telling the entire continent of Africa how they should grow their food.Bill thinks Africa’s way of growing food is outdated andbackwards.According to the billionaire and his foundation, Africa needs to catch up tothe 21st-century and adopt the use of GMO seeds, synthetic fertilizers andpesticides, petroleum-fueled machinery, and artificial irrigation. Sounds likea great idea, Bill. Maybe Bill should take notes from his billionaire friendsand shoot off into space instead of telling anyone how they should go aboutgrowing their food. Just a thought.
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