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Farm Bureau Commemorates Food Check-Out Week
Jackson — Food in America is affordable. In fact, in just five weeks,
the average American will have earned enough disposable income to pay
for his or her food supply for the entire year, according to the Mississippi
As a result, the Mississippi Farm Bureau is celebrating February 3 –
9, 2008, as Food Check-Out Week. The latest statistics compiled by the
Agriculture Department’s (USDA’s) Economic Research Service
indicate American families and individuals currently spend, on average,
just 9.9 percent of their disposable personal income for food.
Applying the current statistic to the calendar year, it means the average
household will have earned enough disposable income -- that portion of
income available for spending or saving -- to pay for its annual food
supply in just five weeks.
Not only is America’s food supply the world’s most affordable,
but it’s also the safest, said David Waide, president of the Mississippi
Farm Bureau. “Our nation’s farmers go to great lengths to
provide all Americans with the safest food supply possible. The high quality,
affordable food we enjoy is a product of our successful food production
and distribution system, as well as America’s farmers retaining
access to effective and affordable crop protection tools.”
Food Check-Out Week tracks the amount of income needed by Americans to
purchase food on an annual basis, according to Waide. In comparison, most
Americans worked until mid-April to pay their taxes, according to The
“This week should hold meaning for most Americans,” Waide
said. “As food producers, we are concerned that some Americans cannot
afford to buy the food they need, but we are proud of the role Mississippi
farmers play in making our food supply more affordable for all.”
The percent of disposable personal income spent for food has declined
over the last 34 years. According to USDA, food is more affordable today
due to a widening gap between growth in per-capita incomes and the amount
of money spent for food.
This overall decrease is made more notable by the fact that trends indicate
Americans are buying more expensive convenience food items for preparation
at home, as well as more food away from home.
The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest
general farm organization with more than 227,000 member-families statewide.
There are Farm Bureaus in all 82 counties in Mississippi where agriculture
comprises a fundamental part of Mississippi’s economy. Headquartered
in Jackson, the federation is an independent, non-profit agricultural
organization and is not associated with any arm of the government. For
more information about Farm Bureau, visit our website at www.msfb.com.