It seems like all of my money goes toward food to feed my family. How much do people in other countries spend on food compared to Americans?

We had another great question come in to the blog from a reader:

It seems like all of my money goes toward food to feed my family. How much do people in other countries spend on food compared to Americans?

U.S. consumers spend just 10 percent of their disposable income on food each year, while those in other countries spend much more. (5-year average for 2005-2009)

Of the 10 percent of disposable income Americans spend on food each year, 51 percent is for food eaten at home and 49 percent is for food eaten away from home.

The United States Department of Agriculture tracks how much of different types of food Americans are eating from year to year.

For 2009:

Fresh fruit: 127.5 pounds, +1%

Cheese: 32.8 pounds, +2%

Milk: 21 gallons, no change

Eggs: 246, no change

Rice: 21.2 pounds, no change

Fats and oils: 80.3 pounds, -8%

Beef, pork, lamb and veal: 111.7 pounds, -2%

Poultry meat: 80 pounds, -5%

Potatoes: 113.1 pounds, -4%

Fresh vegetables: 184.8 pounds, -2%

Baked goods, spaghetti, noodles, macaroni, oatmeal, ready-to-eat oat cereals and corn flour/hominy: 173.3 pounds, -1%

– American Farm Bureau Federation’s “Food and Farm Facts”

2: U.S. figure is for food consumed at home and away from home. Figures for all other countries are for food consumed at home. As food consumed at home is less expensive, the gap between these countries and the U.S. would be even greater if food consumed away from home was not added.

Keep asking great questions! Our Nebraska farmers and ranchers look forward to explaining what they do every day to produce safe food for you and your family.

Learn more about ag families in Nebraska by visiting www.nefb.org. And while there, be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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