It's been more than 30 years since food ate up this much of Americans' income

I read an interesting article the other day in the Wall Street Journal entitled It's been more than 30 years since food ate up this much of Americans' income.

The article explained that, as a percentage of disposable income, Americans are spending more on food now than they have in the past 30 years.

As you have probably noticed, the cost of everything (except your Cook'n membership) has gone up dramatically over the past few years. But, food prices have gone up more than almost everything else.

Notice the sharp, upward spike on the right side of this graph:

That's quite a spike. And, guess what...we're not done yet. Food prices are going to continue to go up.

The monetary policy of our federal government (money printing, ridiculous government spending, etc.) is causing hyper inflation. But, as I mentioned, food prices are going up more than almost everything else.

There are a number of reasons for this. The war in Ukraine is one of them. Ukraine produces much of the world's grain, oil, and other staples.

Also, there has been an increased number of natural disasters including floods, droughts, and so forth that have negatively affected food production.

However, one of the main reasons food prices are going up so much is because of the insanity of the climate change cult.

I remember, back in the 70's and 80's, when experts claimed the world was going to run out of food by the year 2,000. They claimed that, at the rate the population was growing and given the number of farms in the world and our ability to grow and produce food, there was no way we were going to be able to produce enough food to feed ourselves.

What they didn't take into consideration were innovations in GMO seeds (Genetically Modified Organisms) which are drought and insect resistant. GMO seeds produce larger harvests.

They didn't take into consideration innovations in pesticides and fertilizers which produce much more abundant crops. And, they didn't take into consideration break-throughs in farm equipment that make it possible for one farmer to manage, plant, and harvest large farms in record time.

As a result of all of these innovations, food production increased to match and even exceed population growth. It's actually quite amazing to think about really.

However, I learned something recently that I didn't know before. Do you know how fertilizer is made? The primary input is energy. The main ingredient in fertilizer production is natural gas. And, as a result of the war on energy by the climate change cult, fertilizer production is now a fraction of what it was. And, fertilizer prices have tripled and quadrupled.

You may have heard about the farmer protests all over the world in the news. The deputy prime minister of Netherland declared that "the government would need to take “drastic measures” to reduce emissions of nitrogen, a formidable contributor to pollution of land, seas and skies." The 'drastic measures' taken by government leaders have caused shortages in fertilizer production that is catastrophic.

The war on nitrogen (fertilizer) being waged right now by the elites is having a significant impact on farmers and crops all around the world. The fears of the 'experts' in the 80's regarding worldwide food shortages are coming true.

What we're seeing now in terms of increases in food prices is just the tip of the iceberg.

There is not much you and I can do about the suicidal policies by those in the governments of the world that are leading us down this path. But, there is something we can do to manage our food costs and to keep them reasonable...use Cook'n more often!

Those who use Cook'n frequently tend to eat more home-cooked meals and less fast food. Those who use the meal and menu planning features in Cook'n tend to spend less money at the grocery store and make fewer trips to the store.

Annette Economides, co-author of "Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family," says "The less you shop, the more you save." The menu planning tools in Cook'n help you save gas by making it easier for you to plan your shopping trip so that you get a week's worth of groceries in one shot. And, having your shopping list on your phone in Cook'n helps you reduce impulse purchases.

We waste a remarkable amount of food every year. Some studies note that between 14-25% of the food we bring home from the grocery store ends up in the trash. Cook'n can help! Cook'n helps you make use of some of the food in your fridge. Still have half a pack of bacon from last week? Use Cook'n to help you discover and try a new recipe that uses it! Got a bunch of vegetables left over? Use Cook'n to search your favorite recipes for one that needs them (or something that can use all of them, like a stir fry)! So, Before you hit the grocery store, use Cook'n to search the web to see how to get more meals out of what you already have.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that food is the second-largest household expense. Wouldn't it be great to have a tool that could help you reduce your second-largest household expense? Do you think Cook'n could help you cut that $800 grocery bill by $14? If so, your membership just paid for itself. If not, maybe you're not using Cook'n to its full potential. That's one of the reasons the Premium membership comes with a weekly newsletter and a 5-Day Meal help you get the most out of Cook'n!

What's more, articles in the Cook'n newsletter like this one can really help too: "The Biggest Waster of Your Grocery Money.

And, in addition to saving you time and money at the grocery store, as I mentioned before, Cook'n can inspire you to cook at home more. And, those who use Cook'n frequently tend to eat less fast-food and more home-cooked meals.

In conclusion, buckle up buttercup because food prices are most likely going to continue to go up and this is going to be problematic for many people. There's not much we can do to help those in need. But, there are things that we can do to mitigate these price increases. And, the best way to do that is to get your Premium Cook'n Membership dialed in.

Make using Cook'n regularly part of your daily or weekly routine and you will be amazed at the financial benefits.

If you discover a recipe in Cook'n and get inspired to cook at home just once during the month instead of eating fast food, your Premium Membership just paid for itself.

How has Cook'n helped you to deal with these price increases? Add your comment below and share your ideas with the Cook'n community!

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