I love Thanksgiving! So many things to be thankful for! I have a happy, healthy family, warm home, good friends, AND… lots of food on my table! In a time set aside for being grateful for a bounteous harvest, I think it also makes sense to be thankful for those who grew that harvest!
Everything on your Thanksgiving table, from yams to cranberries to the turkey itself was grown by a farmer. Actually, most everything on your table everyday was grown by a farmer. Fruit Loops? Yep. Cream cheese? Yep. Popcorn, salad dressing, crackers, ice cream, maybe even some of the ingredients in hot dogs. 😉
And besides all that, did you know America has the safest food supply on the planet? Ever.
I might check to see if I’m choosing all beef hot dogs, but I’ve never worried that I’m actually purchasing horse meat instead. I get annoyed if the milk I buy is too close to its expiration date but I don’t worry that it has been watered down before it lands in my cart. I don’t wonder what was processed in the plant along with my Cheerios and I trust that the nutrition facts printed on labels are actual facts.
Yes, there are recalls from time to time. A few people each year may even die from food disease. This is heartbreaking. It’s also a big deal. Why? Because it’s so rare.
Guess what else. America also has one of the most abundant food supplies in the world. Ever.
Sure, the stores sell out of milk a few hours before a snow storm moves in. Oh the horror. I’ve gotten frustrated because the baby food options were sadly lacking at a small Wal-Mart. My life is so tough. The point is you’re not likely planning back-up menu options just in case all of the meat has sold out for the day. Instead you’re more likely to walk up to the produce counter and be overwhelmed at the sheer number of choices!
And its affordable.
According to the USDA-ERS, consumers in the US spend about 10% of their disposable income on food. That means we have 90% to spend on whatever else we like! In Italy they spend about 14% of their income on food, but the Chinese spend 33% and in Pakistan it’s a whopping 46%! Maybe the price of beef isn’t as bad as I thought!
So yes, I’m thankful for pumpkin pie and yeast rolls and green bean casserole. But I’m also thankful for the farmers of this country who grow the safest, most abundant, most affordable food on the planet. And I’m thankful for it every day of the year.