Face it: A movie just isn't the same without popcorn. Check out these signature event treats and see how much we love celebrating with food. After all, if there's one thing Americans are good at, it's eating.
America wastes a lot of food every year--133 billion pounds in 2010, to be exact, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It's a ridiculous amount, but between my own wasteful food habits and my years in the food service industry, I'm not surprised. If other Americans are even remotely like me, no wonder that waste pile is so high (sorry, Earth).
What would happen if U.S. taxpayers stopped forking out billions of dollars a year to prop up the agriculture industry? According to some economists, not much. Then again, others believe it's much more complicated.
A plate of food in the Peruvian highlands is increasingly indistinguishable from a meal in a working-class New York neighborhood: packaged noodles, chicken broth, and a Coca-Cola. Even as access to new foods is exploding, the world’s diet is growing more homogenous. This could mean expanded waist lines, shortened life spans, and thinner wallets.
We take modern grocery stores for granted without realizing how drastically they've evolved in the last century. There weren't always supermarket giants, and dashing to the grocery store was an entirely different experience.
You've probably heard "you are what you eat" more times than you can count. Well, what if the only thing you had access to eat were unhealthy, processed foods that eventually led to chronic illness? For 23.5 million people living in food deserts, this is a nauseating reality.
Food in America is big business, and since we all have to eat, it sits right in the "needs" column of every budget. Understanding the economics of food and how it affects our daily lives can help us regain control of our choices.
The federal government spends billions to feed Americans with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
One-hundred-fifty years ago, 90% of the U.S. population was farmers, and local food wasn't a movement but how you survived. Now, it's a movement that asks us to consider where our food comes from and how it got here.
It may seem counterintuitive, but you can save money on your wedding by having a destination event. My fiancé and I learned this when we chose to have our wedding in Maui in September. How? These five steps can help you keep the budget lower than a hometown celebration: