Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”
It’s National Farm-City Week, which began Nov. 20 and continues through Thanksgiving Day. Across North Carolina and America, communities host a variety of events to celebrate the connection between rural and urban.
“Farm-City Week helps promote a greater understanding of agriculture and its connection to the food we enjoy year-round,” Commissioner Troxler says.
Americans pay less for their food than residents of other developed nations. According to the USDA, Americans shelled out 6.6 percent of their household income on food in 2012. The next lowest country was Singapore at just over 7 percent. And the highest was Pakistan, where consumers spent almost 48 percent of their income on food. Canadians spent nearly 10 percent of their earnings on food, and the Japanese spent about 14 percent.
The week leading up to Thanksgiving is the perfect time to celebrate the farm-city connection and the gratitude we feel for those who produce our food. We all should appreciate the connection between agriculture, the food we eat and the economic benefits this industry provides to North Carolina.
To hear Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda say more about Farm-City Week, click on the audio player below. And have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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