Lowering food costs is related to production levels. Assuming consumption levels remain the same, an increase in production levels means there would be less demand, and the costs would go down.
The agriculture industry has been trying to find ways to lower the cost of producing food, but note that methods of lowering production cost are not always going to be environmentally healthy. That’s one of the reasons why it is not a simple matter.
Another very politically charged issue is the use of undocumented workers at farms. This definitely lowers the cost, but there are issues of workers rights, immigration issues, etc.
Certainly, agriculturalists have been working on increasing the yield of certain crops, but often this involves some level of bioengineering the crop, which is another topic that sparks a lot of debate.
There really is no easy answer other unless we can change the eating habits of the majority, and that’s even more difficult.
If you are interested in more information on this subject, I would suggest reading “Diet For A New America” by John Robbins or reading more information on his The Food Revolution website.
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