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Dollars Spent Eating Out

Touch the Soil News #497 The USDA reports that dollars spent eating out are almost the same as dollars spent for groceries to eat at home. The facts are that what is spent eating out is growing much more rapidly than the population. For example, Americans spent $42.8 billion eating out in 1970 and a whopping $782.7 billion to be spent eating out in 2016 – a 17 fold increase. From 1970 to today, the population grew by 79 percent. Dollars spent eating out have grown dramatically. The restaurant industry employs 14.4 million people – roughly 10 percent of the American work force. The National Restaurant Association reports that there…

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Does Organizing Around Dollars (or Pesos) Slow Down Food Production & Eating?

Touch the Soil News #299 Recently, the Voice of America put out a story on Cuba – 11 million people who in large part are strapped for cash. As the Cuban government tries to alleviate hunger – the shortage of “cash” problem stands in the way. A larger urban farm outside of Havana – the Rotondo de Cojima farm – grows several thousand pounds a month of carrots, lettuce and root vegetables. The farm employs 10 people who earn the equivalent of $25 per month. Cuba has lots of people able to work and an abundance of rich farmland. But the Pesos are not there to connect them – sound…

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The Economics of Eating Healthy

Touch the Soil News #280 As of 2010, experts reveal that diet has surpassed smoking as the leading cause of death and disease in America. Wow, not enough affordable food in the system. Recently we came across another one of those non-profits that is trying to solve not only hunger, but diet and affordable access to the kinds of foods that support health. Called Wholesome Wave, they hit on the nation’s problem of insufficient cash-flows. Wholesome Wave Co-founder and CEO Michel Nischan makes an interesting statement: “Change where money is spent.” While that is easier said than done, letting dollars simply take their course in a competitive environment limits the…

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