Imagine if the price you paid for a hamburger included factors such as heart disease, the number one cause of death worldwide; or the runoff of manure spread on fields from concentrated animal feeding operations; or injuries to workers in slaughterhouses and processing plants; or the poor animal welfare practices in livestock operations. It would certainly be more than US$.99 and would not be part of the value menu. True Cost Accounting assigns value to the social, environmental, and health impacts of producing food.
This fall, Food Tank is hosting a special event on True Cost Accounting with the Union of Concerned Scientists and GRACE Communications Foundation. “It’s not an accident that we grow so much corn and soybean commodity crops. It’s not an accident that we only use two percent of land for fruits and vegetables,” said Jenn Yates of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
This special event will spotlight the external costs of producing food and prove there is no such thing as cheap food. In fact, True Cost Accounting has the potential to make industrial food production seem extremely harmful and overly expensive, while sustainable food production is not only necessary, but more affordable.
This panel event will be moderated by Daniel Reed, director of Planet Forward and will include keynotes by Ricardo Salvador, director of the Union of Concerned Scientists Food & Environment Program and Danielle Nierenberg, president of Food Tank.