Food Costs Around The World

Jessica writes:

What do you think can be done to bring down the outrageous food costs in America?

Right up front let me say that I have no idea how to influence food costs beyond supply and demand. Fresh food is cheaper than packaged, and healthier, so for a family I’d say stick with the produce section of the store and minimize the bags of chips.

Beyond that, don’t be too sure that food costs in America are “outrageous” just because you heard it on TV or the radio. From Time’s recent story What The World Eats I found these typical weekly food costs:

Kodaira City, Japan: $317
Sicily, Italy: $260
Breidjing Camp, Chad: $1
Kuwait City, Kuwait: $221
North Carolina, USA: $342
Cuernavaca, Mexico: $189
Beijing, China: $155
Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland: $151
Cairo, Egypt: $69
Tingo, Ecuador: $32
California, USA: $159
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: $40
Cllingbourne Ducis, Great Britain: $253
Shingkhey Village, Bhutan: $5
Bargteheide, Germany: $500

Given the many benefits of living in the United States, I don’t find the $250 average of the two U.S. food costs shown to be outrageous. The two cheapest places on the list were Chad and Bhutan. The favorite dish listed for each respectively was soup with fresh sheep meat and mushrooms, cheese, and pork.

Even in the U.S., if you raise the sheep yourself, gather the mushrooms, make the cheese, and fatten the pig, dinner can be pretty affordable.

So, maybe that’s the answer to lowering your food costs. Step one: read the Foxfire books. The first covers hog dressing, log cabin building, mountain crafts and foods, planting by the signs, snake lore, hunting tales, faith healing, and moonshining.

Master all of those and you’ll forget you ever had money troubles.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
  • The Kelly Letter
    A Complete Investment Management System
    The Kelly Letter  every Sunday morning by email.
    Like no other. Many subscribers say this is the best read of their week, astonishing in its ability to distill seven days of noise into one succinct overview of the very few items that might matter. Start your Sundays right!
    A one-page Quick Start Guide
    with page number references to full information in The 3% Signal. You'll receive access to this right away so you can begin transforming your portfolio into a performance machine immediately.
    The 3Sig Calculator.
    A thing of beauty! You'll use it to generate your own personal signals every quarter including exact share amounts to buy and sell based on your account balances. It emails you the results to make later quarters easy by keeping last quarter's numbers at your fingertips. Some subscribers say this tool alone justifies their subscription price.
    The subscriber-only section of this website
    where likeminded investors are commenting on notes and discussing in forums. Jason joins these interactions every day. They're a treasure trove of investing tips and wisdom.
    The archive of Kelly Letter notes.
    It’s a research center, searchable and smartly tagged to make gathering time-stamped material on covered subjects easy.
    The subscriber podcast.
    Jason reads every letter word-for-word. This feature was requested by subscribers who prefer audio learning. They listen on their Monday morning commute, during a workout, or while reading along at their computer.



    $200/year
    Save 17%



    $20/month
    Pay as you go
    Or sign up to receive free email and learn more about the system.
Bestselling Financial Author