Sunday, February 14, 2010
Food Freedom Day
This past Friday (February 12th) was Food Freedom Day in Canada- the day that the average Canadian will have earned enough money to buy his/her groceries... for the whole year!
Can you imagine? It takes only 43 days!
Food Freedom Day fell on the same day last year.
Unfortunately, according to the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), the gap between the price of food and the amount of money farmers receive has been increasing. One CFA-funded study found that farmers get only 27% of money spent on groceries by an average family.
In the States, Americans spend less than any other nation on food- 9.5% of their annual income. Interestingly, they spend the most on health care- 16% of their annual income.
Sure, food is cheap... but at what cost to farmers, the environment, and our health?
If we can afford it, maybe we should be spending more money on good quality, fresh, organic, local foods...
Happy Valentine's Day!