Another reason to ‘buy direct’ from our farmers

June 20, 2009 at 11:08 am Leave a comment

From the “Food for Thought” department, here are two salient points reported by Rob Smart at Civil Eats, underscoring why we should ‘buy direct’ from our local farmers– better for us and better for them:

“Today’s average farmer makes about 55 percent less money for the food they grow than they did 50 years ago. According to the USDA, farmers’ share of consumer food expenditures dropped from about $0.40 per dollar in 1950 to around $0.19 in 2006. The balance of consumer expenditures, termed the Marketing Bill, goes to “value-add” (i.e., industrial food companies).

While farmers’ financial situations have deteriorated, food manufacturers’ fortunes have skyrocketed to the tune of $3.1 trillion in revenues per year with above average profit margins. Judging by the fact that the Top 50 Food Processors and Top 50 Supermarket & Grocery Chains all have over $1.0 billion in annual sales, with Wal-Mart topping the list at nearly $100 billion, increasing concentrations of power are clear. “

Entry filed under: Commentary, Politics/ Policy, Sustainable Food, Uncategorized. Tags: , , .

Dear Lieutenant Governor Sweet-potato kin

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