Chart about food spendingPay now or pay later: Americans’ and Europeans’ consumption habits reveal different priorities — and those incur different penalties. Spending metric reates to food consumed at home. Sources: USDA and OECD

Now, correlation does not prove causation. But if the food industry wants to claim that its abundance of cheap crap delivers higher quality of life, it will have to explain why our citizens come down with diet-related maladies at rates so much higher than those in countries where food is pricier. For most of us, “quality of life” does not dovetail with gaining too much weight, getting diabetes, and dying of a heart attack.

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