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shopping math

Ever wonder why a Big Mac costs less than a salad?

The foods the US government chooses to subsidize might have a lot to do with it. (Yes, this picture is using an outdated form of the food pyramid for comparison. The point still stands.)

Hat tip to Essays & Effluvia at the BigPicture blog
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anitra November 16th, 2007
I know that in the area where I grew up, the supermarkets bought the "cash crop" produce locally when it was in season - things like apples, peaches, and pears. Local supermarket chains (like Wegmans in my hometown, and Big Y in Worcester) can do this more easily than the big chains like Stop N Shop or Shaws.

I'd be willing to bet that the closest supermarket to me - Park N Shop - buys the majority of its produce locally.

But I'd like to see more than just produce - meat, dairy products, etc. I have no idea where most of those come from. My guess is that most meat comes from the Midwest.

bradsour November 16th, 2007
I believe that a lot of our dairy does from from this area already. I'm not sure how local you are wanting it to be, but I would say that Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts are big contributors to our Dairy products. Hood is based out of Lynn Mass. and Garelick Farms is also from Mass. As far as meats go they could be raised locally but I think the farms in Texas have cheaper land and more grazing area for the cattle.

One possibility would be for you to skip the supermarket all together and go right to the farmer. I bet one cow and one pig a year would last you the year or at least a good portion of the year. As far as chickens and turkeys though, I don't know if it'd be cost efficient.

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