Yeah, same here and you have to check both jared and canned fruits and vegs at your supermarket for the same thing.
I haven't looked to see where our choices of apple juices come from. I know a lot of our fruits and vegetables that we (my wife and I) buy out of season come from Mexico or Central America.
It is scary that our food supply is dependent on other nations.
Given the way big corporations have had a field day in the past thirty or forty years, I think mistrust of multinational corporations or big national corporations is a natural and reasonable result. Some ascribe to the notion that a rising tide raises all boats (trickle down economics), but it doesn't raise all boats equally. Hence the ever expanding disparity between the wealthy and the rest of the nation. Leave more money in a rich mans pockets and he will make more money for the government.
So while millions of dollars of personal wealth are generated for an individual through tax cuts and government contracts (called privatization now, but previously called fascism), the government gets a slice of the action and disperses that fraction to the rest of the nation in services. By the time the money is converted into services for the masses, it is so diluted that it does little if anything to raise each individual dingy in the harbor.
The concentration of wealth in this nation is not a good thing. And letting big corporations make the ground rules is a bit like letting the fox guard the hen house. We've seen this movie before and it just does not have a happy ending.
It is the cozy relationship between big business and governments that allows the apple juice sitting in our refrigerators to originate from a communist country on the other side of the world.
Free trade sounded like good idea at the time. Little did we realize that it had no relationship to fair trade. Pity. We were duped.
Your reasoning is some what like saying mechanics should not be allowed to work on trucks as last time I took my car into the dealer ship it cost me more to have the repairs done.
first I will quote some things from the corn growers site,
note: some of the examples are slightly dated as the paper is 2007 and 2008 but the current price of corn in our area as of Friday was, $3.74 for 56 pounds using that price the average farmer is making may be $45 to 47 an acre, after expenses, if he made the average and his expenses were average, to grow a acer of dry land corn in our area it cost $170 per acer of inputs, and $650 per acer of inputs on irrigated ground, that was the information our local cooperative grain elevator sent out on 1,8,2010
Humans typically do not eat the corn used to make ethanol.
Ethanol is made from field corn, a grain
that humans typically do not eat in its raw
form. It usually goes through some form of
processing first. The corn that humans eat as
a vegetable is sweet corn. Some 99 percent
of all corn acres in the U.S. are used to grow
Just 1.3 percent of the 2007/08 corn crop
was used for cereals, while other human
food uses accounted for roughly 8 percent
of total corn use. The overwhelming
majority of U.S. corn—including exports—is
used to feed livestock, not humans. And
when corn is used to feed livestock, it’s
helping add to the volume of animal protein
in the world’s food supply to meet growing
Ethanol production creates food and feed, too.
When raw field corn goes into an ethanol
plant, it’s not just ethanol that comes out. In
addition to nearly three gallons of ethanol,
every 56-pound bushel of corn used in the
dry grind ethanol process yields 18 pounds of
distillers grains—a good source of energy and
protein for livestock and poultry. A bushel of
corn in the wet mill ethanol process produces
2.6 gallons of ethanol plus 13.5 pounds of
corn gluten feed and 2.6 pounds of highprotein
corn gluten meal for livestock—as
well as corn oil used in food processing for
human food products.
In other words, ethanol biorefineries actually
produce fuel for our cars, feed for our
livestock and food for humans—all from one
kernel of raw field corn.
The ethanol process removes only starch
from the feed and food market—not fat or
protein. The starch portion of the kernel is
converted to ethanol. The protein, fat and
other nutrients, vitamins and minerals are
used to produce feed products—adding to
the volume and quality of our feed and food
supply. Starch is abundantly available in the
feed market and is lower in value. Protein, on
the other hand, is highly valued—and is left
intact by the ethanol process. Additionally,
a considerable portion of the corn’s original
digestible energy is preserved in the distillers
In 2007/08, about 15 million metric tons of
distillers grains were produced by ethanol
plants and fed to livestock and poultry.
Distillers grains displaced an estimated 720
million bushels of corn from feed rations last
year, allowing that corn to be used in other
Corn prices have not kept up with inflation.
While corn prices have ramped up
significantly over the past year, they are still
lagging behind inflation in terms of real
dollars. According to a report from Barclays
Capital, even at its “record” levels in June
2008, corn price was still 42 percent below
its inflation-adjusted peak in October 1974.
If corn had followed the same rate of price
increases we’ve seen in oil, corn would be
selling at $13.50 per bushel today.
Corn prices have been historically low in the
past decade—making recent prices seem
disproportionately higher. ...
It’s important to recall that one of the reasons
the ethanol industry was created was to
add value to America’s agricultural output—
creating economic vitality in rural areas and
reducing federal ag subsidies. According to
USDA, corn farmers received a 76 percent
reduction in government support payments
in 2007 as a result of higher corn prices.
here is a power point in pdf form that gives some of the basic facts,
IN many instances the price of the Grain has little correlation to the retail price of many products,
the price of many products, the packaging cost as much or more than the grain the is in the package.
one pound of corn (what I would get out of a pound of corn sold to my local cooperative elevator), is $06.6 cents. how much does a one pound box of corn flakes cost?
in the 6 boxes of corn flakes above, there are 6.75 pounds of corn for $39.99, my cut of that product if I would have sold the corn would be a whopping, $0.45. cents of that cost.
lets do a one pound loaf of bread, wheat at my local elevator is, $4.45 as of Friday,
my wife says a one pound loaf in the store runs between $2.50 to $3.40, but so one can compare I will use a one pound box of crackers, http://www.amazon.com/Nabisco-Premiu...158410&sr=1-24 the page said $3.55 for the 16 oz, $4.45 divide by 60 (pounds per bushel), so that one pound box or loaf of Bread has about $0.07 cents of wheat in it,
no doubt last year you heard on how the price the "Farmers" were charing for there grains was driving up the cost of products, (Farmers do not control the price they get from there grains, the commodities board of trade does, "SPECULATORS" CONTROL THE COST OF GRAINS NOT FARMERS, after all the price hikes on products, did you hear on how the price of grains have dropped back to historical levels? did you see any of the prices in the store drop? (AND YOU MOST LIKELY WILL NOT).
and the next time there is a spike in grain prices you will hear how the evil farmer has squeezed the consumer because of his greed, and how the poor cereal manufacture and baker has to raise there prices again.
I am going to post some pictures of historical charts, of wheat and corn, look at the prices,
link to charts http://www.sharelynx.com/chartstemp/historical.php#US
as one can see the price of grains has been nearly flat for 35+ years,
Ethanol has little if any to do with the price of the corn oil you bought in the store,
as the farmer is has not had any price increase, besides a few spikes far and few in the last 35 years, I am fairly sure it is not the farmers fault the prices in the grocery store have gone up,
and most likely the only reason the price is currently where it is do to the drop in the dollar on the world market.
as far as the sheep market goes I do not have enough information to answer you, but my guess would be dumping of product by Australia and New Zealand, and our own trade policies,
Dumping is where the Government of country subsides the sales or the farmer to sell at a lower price to sell off the surplus of production, our government has done this for years in the grains, they would normally call it food aid or farm subsides (for the general population), they pay for X amount, and the buyer would get XX wheat or corn. many times this was what much of the subsidies in the farm bill were for, the money did not go to the farmer but some foreign government or company. (I am not currently aware if going on in the USA now with our export sales), since the WTO agreements.
but there are still the cheap food policies of past still being done to day,
the federal goverment has much control on the price of grains and many farm products, by adjusting the import and export rules, by selling govermetn bought products back on the open market,
example many years ago, I would go in the ASCS office "Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service" now called FSA "Farm Service Agency" would go in January and report the acres and they would tell me to with $02. cents what the payment per bushel of grain I would raise would be, based on the prices of 5 of the summer months average,(the way I remember it), now tell me how they would know the average selling price of a product that many times was not even planted, raised, harvested or sold, 9 months in advance?
the only way I know was to manipulate the product to have it come to the price out come they desired.
agree or disagree with farm subsides, the government goal is to give the farmer just enough to keep them in business if there careful financially, but keep the masses provided with basically low cost food, it is much easer to subsidize about 1% of the population and have 99% reasonable content, and keep there beer mugs full and there tummy's full. it makes for a much more content citizenry.
... U.S. consumers spend approximately nine percent of their income on food compared with 11 percent in the United Kingdom, 17 percent in Japan, 27 percent in South Africa and 53 percent in India.
Yes apple juice is the best choice and it is good for health.you should try the different juices also. I have a ebook and you will get different recipe also specially for juice. http://www.getyourfreeproducts.com/optin/food_cooking_recipes
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