‘Q: Some people blame economics for the bad eating habits a lot of Americans practice. Is it true that healthy eating costs more than unhealthy eating?
Technically, no. It’s possible to go to the market, buy good ingredients, and make yourself a healthy meal for less than it costs to buy a value meal at McDonald’s. But most people don’t have the time or the skills to do that. It’s a hell of a lot easier to buy your meal at the drive-through. I can understand why a single parent, working two jobs, would find it easier to stop at McDonald’s with the kids rather than cook something from scratch at home.
But we’re looking at the whole economic issue the wrong way. Instead of asking, “What does it cost to eat healthy food?” we should be asking, “What’s the real cost of this fast, cheap food?” When you look at the long list of harms, this fast, cheap food is much too expensive.’
-Food, Inc. edited by Karl Weber.