today it's less than 10%. Part of me thinks we've become spoiled.</blockquote>
I agree 100%. Why are an internet connection, mobile phone, cable, etc, etc.. considered necessities and quality food is not???
I'm in Australia and I won't try to compare our costs to the USA. We might spend more than the average person on food, but I think it's important and I'm not going to whine about it. The cable, mobile phone and internet goes before the grass-fed beef does.
If you subtract the costs of soda, snacks, and other incidental rubbish that people consume, eating well doesn't end up costing much more (if any). We shopped around to find a good butcher. We don't spend much more for great beef than the average person does on CAFO.
Buying a side of beef at a time drops the costs even more.
The "Seven Deadly Sins"
• Grains (wheat/rice/oats etc) . . . . . • Dairy (milk/yogurt/butter/cheese etc) . . . . .• Nightshades (peppers/tomato/eggplant etc)
• Tubers (potato/arrowroot etc) . . . • Modernly palatable (cashews/olives etc) . . . • Refined foods (salt/sugars etc )
• Legumes (soy/beans/peas etc)