In the United States, we have cheap food because the government has created policies that favor over production compared to quality production. We have an overproduction of grain and the surplus is used to create processed food and feed animals, which make them unhealthy. The issue is that locally raised meat that is grass fed is much more expensive than the cheap stuff. While it is much more healthy, most consumers simply don’t have the money to spend that much more on healthier food.
- Overproduction causes prices to go down and makes businesses try to find a way to make a profit from their surplus by processing their food.
- Some of the surplus is fed to animals because it’s a very cheap diet. Cows are fed this grain diet which is bad for their body and causes them to get ill and develop marbled fat that consumers love.
- Most people don’t want to eat locally raised beef that is grass fed specifically because it’s much more expensive.
“We have cheap food because government policy has persistently favored over-production rather than quality production. Since the 1960’s American agriculture has been producing consistent surpluses of commodity crops like wheat and corn, milk, and meat.”