Food Expenditure List by Country (and Why We Need to Spend More Money on Food)


It seems like everyone wants to go organic these days, and why wouldn’t they? After all, organic food is not only healthier, it also includes far less toxins and even has been shown to be more nutritious.

And did we mention that organic food from healthy, diverse soils simply tastes way better?

The biggest obstacle or objection to buying more high quality food most people have is universal: they believe that organic food costs too much ( an aversion to even small inconveniences also factors in, as well as lack of time in general, which is why we do need more organic restaurants and cafes, admittedly).

Now, thanks to the ongoing movement to buy more organic food and support more organic farmers, prices are dropping across the board, and it’s now possible to buy many organic items at roughly the same price as “conventional” foods in the supermarket.

But even with the price drops, there are still plenty of people who shy away from buying organic food because of the omnipresent price factor.

A little perspective on the issue might help: most people don’t realize that we spend far less on food in general in America than residents of other nations.

How Much Does Each Country Spend on Food?

As you’ll see in the chart below, which I clipped from a local newspaper here in Detroit, food expenditures in the U.S. per income level are significantly lower than the other nations listed.

Food expenditures in selected countries.

Food expenditures in selected countries.


In the United States we spend just 6.4% of our disposable income on food prepared at home, and less on food in general than every nation listed except for South Korea.

In South Korea, however, they spend a much larger percentage of their income, almost three times as much, on food to be prepared at home. As a result they live over three years longer on average than U.S. residents despite spending far less on health care.

Healthcare costs also are exorbitant in the United States, begging the question: if we spent more money on high quality food to be prepared at home, would we save on health care and enjoy a better quality of life?

That definitely seems to be the case in the United States, especially since as much as 70-80% of food on store shelves is genetically modified or loaded with ingredients banned in several other countries around the world.

But what do you think? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page.


Thanks for reading! P.S. If you want to save money on organic food, you might want to check this book out (my Amazon best seller).

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About Nick Meyer

Nick Meyer is a journalist who's been published in the Detroit Free Press, Dallas Morning News and several other outlets. He founded AltHealthWORKS in 2012 to showcase extraordinary stories of healing and the power of organic living, stories the mainstream media always seemed to miss. Check out Nick's Amazon best-seller 'Dirt Cheap Organic: 101 Tips For Going Organic on a Budget' by clicking here, as well as its sequel Dirt Cheap Weight Loss.