What Americans eat
Access to locally-grown food has affected not just how we eat but what we can afford. Watch an expert panel debate the economics of nutrition, GMOs and the impact of food industrialization on your wallet and health.
FEMALE: Oh we’re starting that now?
MALE: Yeah, we’re starting right away. We’re starting reality.
HOST: First number.
MALE: This is fiction, it’s fiction that’s coming from your mouth. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on food, it actually might be a pretty smart choice to spend your five dollars a day that you get to put on food, to get as many calories as possible into your body.
FEMALE: A hundred years ago people spent 40 percent of their income on food. Even 50 years ago, it was something like 30 percent. Today it's 10 percent.
MALE: Which people?
FEMALE: American people.
FEMALE: And that is absolutely a triumph of industrial agriculture. It’s absolutely a triumph of the industrial retail system. Overall, freeing up 40 percent of people’s income to do other stuff is a moral triumph.