Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Why Does a Salad Cost More Than a Big Mac?

I bet this has something to do with it:

(Chart courtesy PCRM, h/t Waldo J.)

5 comments:

Joaquin said...

How many BigMacs are sold? How many salads?
Econ 101

Relevant1 said...

Have you ever toured a McDonald's hamburger factory? Untouched by human hands, fully automated, zoom, zoom...

Christina Wake said...

oh my god!! I know why is that???

Wife to the Rockstar said...

that us crazy.

Tree hugging said...

There are local subsidies that come into play as well. For example, why do we subsidize growing hay in Albemarle? Is that really the best crop for our region?

Also, I can't help but wonder what impact consumer demand has on that statistic? For example, if subsidized corn was grown for human consumption then I'd assume it'd end up in the chart on the right, but if it was grown for cattle production then does it end up on the left?