Food is Expensive

In poor countries people spend much more on food than we do. In the Philippines 47% of income is spent on food. The amount is 45% in India, 40% in Vietnam, 36% in Indonesia, 33% in Thailand, 30% in China, 22% in Singapore, 14% in S. Korea. Here it’s just 8%. Because it’s so high in poor countries, recent increases in food prices are reducing consumer spending and threatening GDP growth.

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