With Thanksgiving just a week away, many people have begun to plan large menus to feed their families and friends. In addition to turkey, dinner tables will feature apples, potatoes and other hearty seasonal favorites—which continue to be affordable thanks to today’s highly developed crop protection tools and farming methods.
An informal survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) found that the total cost of 16 food items used to prepare one or more meals is $54.14, down $.12 compared to last year. Of the 16 items surveyed, 10 decreased in average price, including:
- Apples – Down 7 percent to $1.45 per pound
- Bagged Salad – Down 4 percent to $2.46 per pound
- Russet Potatoes – Down 3 percent to $2.64 for a five-pound bag
- White Bread – Down 1 percent to $1.69 for a 20-ounce loaf
Share the benefits of today’s ag and crop protection products with your family this holiday! For tips, download CLA’s Thanksgiving Communications Toolkit (print) (animated) and CLA’s poster Dress Your Thanksgiving Table in Modern Agriculture. Then, tweet @CropLifeAmerica a photo of your favorite Thanksgiving dish with the hashtag #ThankAFarmer (if you’re not on Twitter, email Whitney Gray your photo and we’ll share them on our Tell Me More blog).
CLA sends monthly emails to Master’s in Modern Ag (MMA) alumni so you can do more as an informed agricultural advocate. In addition, expect an email each month from CLA asking you to tell us about your experiences with food production and today’s ag methods. Feel free to contact Whitney Gray, CLA communications coordinator, with questions, ideas or testimonials for the Tell Me More program.