Minnesota Farmer

Where does your food dollar go?
March 26, 2014, 8:34 am
Filed under: Ag education, Farm, food | Tags: , , , ,

Those of us in the farm community know that we get very little of the consumers food dollar.  It varies from commodity to commodity, but here is one of many graphics that helps to answer that question.dollarchart1These are overall averages and do change from food to food and season to season.  The more processed, the less goes to the farmer, and the less processed the more goes to the farmer.  If you eat at home, more of your food dollar goes to the farm than if you eat in a restaurant.

For most items in your grocery cart travel some distance to get to you.  Right now most of the fruit and fresh veggies on our grocery shelves is from South America.  If you want fresh fruit in the winter it has to come from somewhere warm.  This is why winter produce costs more.  Still this is a more efficient way to get fresh produce than any other way we know of.  The best food will always flow to where it can get the best prices.


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