Tuesday, August 2, 2011

HaywardEcon at CHS: Food Prices at Historical LOWS...Stop complaining and eat your Veggies!

I came across this blog entry rather randomly and decided to comment on Hayward's blog.  According to his graphs food prices in 2009 were 9.5% of disposable income while around 25% from 1930s to 1950s.  Just take a look at that graph - predictably it's an exponential fall-off.  It's worse than we had it 30 years ago?


  1. And at least 9.5 % more of the population is obese. But its not the price of the food that's the fat factor, its the convenience of eating high-calorie, high-sugar foods and drinks.

  2. Yes, it's the convenience and craving. It's also impatience - it takes time to cook something from scratch. There are at least two competing sections of the brain - the rational and the emotional. We share a forefather creature with Chimpanzees and Bonobos. Chimpanzees are notorious for lack of emotional control. Perhaps we share some of the impatient genetic code. I mentioned Bonobo monkeys because they tend to be less aggressive than chimps.