Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Grocery prices in summer 1955
However, think of this. According to the journal PLoS One, we Americans waste 40% of our food--that's counting at every stage, not just down the garbage disposal--harvest, warehouse loss, market spoilage, restaurant trash and then the typical household discards. Even with all that waste, food today is an excellent value for the consumer. But couldn't we all do better?
I don't know about your mom, but at the Corbett household on Hannah Avenue, not much was wasted. The summer garden produce of the 1940s and 1950s was stored in those beautiful jars in the basement, and the scraps were returned to the earth; most of the time at our house there were no "left-overs" because Mom gauged the right amount; our worn out play clothes were cut into strips and crocheted into area rugs; doll clothes were made from pieces left over from our home sewn dresses; those of us who had older sisters and brothers got a "new" outfit when they outgrew them; the carpenter/plumber/repair person that was called at our house was my mother and she also hung the storm windows; the weed killer for the lawn was my brother and me digging them out.
Drool over 55 year old grocery ads if you wish, but when you do, remember the real costs and the personal labor that went into it. I sort of like spending 20 minutes preparing dinner so I have more time to do other things--like writing blogs.