Like many of you, I’m feeling the squeeze of inflation every time I go grocery shopping…
The food industry will tell you that they’re the “victims” and that increasing fuel costs, supply-chain disruptions, the economy, and even “the pandemic” are the cause for skyrocketing prices.
And sure, I get it… there are absolutely legitimate reasons manufacturers are seeing increased expenses for manufacturers and all of the reasons stated “can” have an effect on how much you’re paying at the checkout counter.
But is there more at play here?
Could these “poor me” excuses really be hiding a more sinister plot to Hoover your hard-earned money straight out of your pockets in the name of more profits?
Well, we did some digging and discovered…
4 Food Industry Scams That Are Secretly Ripping You Off Every Time You Buy Groceries – And A Better Way To Save Money And Feed Your Family Healthier, More Delicious Food Every Night Of The Week…
The first step in not getting scammed is knowing HOW you’re getting scammed, right?
Once you pull back the curtain on The Great Oz and see how these food conglomerates – and even local farm stands – are screwing us over, that trip to the grocery store takes on a whole other perspective.
Below are 4 food industry scams – and a better way to save your hard-earned money while putting more delicious and healthier food on your family’s table…
Food Scam #1: “Shrinkflation”
One of the fastest and easiest ways to squeeze more out of consumers is to simply put less product inside the same package you’re used to buying already, or…
…reducing the package size “slightly” (so you don’t notice) but still charge the same price.
On a recent trip to the grocery, I saw what used to be a 16-ounce can of beans… that now only contains 13.5 ounces selling for the same price (a 16% price increase)!
Or how about the 32 oz Gatorade that shrunk down to a 28 oz bottle without changing the price tag (a 14% increase)!
And for you “families” out there… while the US Census Bureau data shows that the average size of U.S. families are steadily increasing… Nabisco actually decreased its “Family Size” amounts from 16 oz to just 14 oz at the same price (a 14% increase)… and if you wanted the “Fat Free” version, you’re only going to get 12.5 oz inside – all for the same price you were paying before!
Read the labels… do the math.
Food Scam #2: “Predatory Collusion”
Unless you’re Elon Musk, you’ve probably noticed the price of eggs has increased dramatically in recent years, right?
Some of this is just “supply and demand” – like when the wholesale price of Midwest-produced large eggs TRIPLED in just 1 month in 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic.
And then there’s the 2022 “dead bird” issue… as a massive outbreak of bird flu forced the killing of 40 million laying hens.
Less chickens = less eggs.
But even the egg farmers themselves are saying that there’s been collusion among the large distributors who have been taking advantage of consumers who just “got used to” the higher pandemic prices and accepted higher egg costs as the “new normal”.
The prices seem to back this up as in 2022 alone, egg prices jumped a whopping 60%!
Food Scam #3: The “Farm-To-Market Switcheroo”
Think you’re avoiding big money scheming by shopping at farmers markets?
The sandal-wearing “Earthy” individuals under those pop-up tents have found their own sneaky ways to gouge customers.
A CBC News Hidden Camera Investigation discovered many so-called “growers” actually purchased discounted produce at grocery stores and sold them at market as their own produce… often applying the “organic” label.
In fact, many times the vendors didn’t even bother to remove the supermarket label from the produce itself… and STILL told the undercover journalists that they grew it!
Problem is, there’s really no way to tell where the produce actually came from or if it really is “organic”.
Food Scam #4: “Plumping”
Ok, this one really pisses me off…
Producers have become very sneaky at making less look like more with the help of a little “doctoring”…
It’s called “plumping.”
The best example is the common practice of injecting fresh chicken with a saltwater solution to make it “plump up” and look like you’re getting more meat for your money.
When confronted with this practice, the producers claim it makes the chicken juicier and more flavorful…
But this “saltwater infusion” can add as much as 30% more weight to the bird you’re buying!
That means that if you purchase a package of injected chicken for $6 per pound, you’re likely paying at least $1 to $1.80 per pound more… for nothing but salt water!
And if you’re trying to cut back on your salt intake?
Well, these injections are adding at least 1000 milligrams of added sodium to the bird – and one chicken breast could eat up 60% of your sodium intake before you even start eating the rest of the meal!
But wait, it gets worse…
These injections contain a long list of ingredients – oftentimes chemicals – and the needles used to insert the solution push bacteria (like E. coli) from the bird’s surface deep down into the meat where the heat from cooking can’t kill it.
This can greatly increase your and your family’s chances of getting dangerously sick!
How You And Your Family Can Avoid Food Scams And Even Eat Better For LESS MONEY…
Like you, I care about the quality of the food on my family’s table – and I’m sure you do too.
It really sucks that you have to read every label and watch your back due to “big box stores” trying to take advantage of hard-working customers by giving us less food… with lower quality… and still charge us more money!
And when you can’t even trust a “local” at your neighborhood “Farmers Market”… well, what’s left to do, right?
Well, my family and I decided to take matters into our own hands and put in a “raised garden”.
Now, honestly, I suck at growing anything – and I really didn’t think we had the room for it in our tiny yard.
But a “homesteading” friend of mine, Marjory Wildcraft, specializes in how to “grow your own groceries” and she showed me the fastest and easiest way to produce healthy and delicious vegetables – even in a tiny yard – and easy enough so even a “plant killer” like me can do it.
And being “survival-minded”, I was pretty amazed at just how many calories we can grow in just a tiny section with a raised-bed garden after Marjory showed us which vegetables have the densest caloric count and are the most nutritious.
We stock a lot of pre-made “survival food” for an emergency… but I’m really digging this new “gardening thing” now that I’m getting my hands dirty! 🙂
We’re just getting started on our garden now and our next step is to tackle chickens so we can produce our own eggs.
I’ll be sure to report back as we make progress.
Although I live in a tiny, dark, condo with a horrible HOA that doesn’t allow any edible plants to be grown outside, I have an indoor hydroponic (Kratky) garden. It’s not perfect but it’s the best I can do presently, and better than nothing. At least I know I can grow tomatoes & peppers (for the vitamin C), greens, and microgreens.
Mulch. No till Gardening but takes some time.
Cover an area with card bored or lots of news papers to keep down the weeds put on 2-4 inches of mulch cover with a tarp and let it rot and then you can plant in that area next year.
You can also do cover crops https://www.prairiemoon.com/seed-mixes/ this will kill the weeds and support other life birds bugs soil microbes. You can do the seed mixes or use things like buckwheat and till it in that will boost the soil in organic matter to hold in water and provide food for the microbes to eat that will in turn feed your plants then you. Its all about soil health poop is earth yogurt just like fermented food helps your gut.
Be careful were you get your bagged soils there is something called bio-solids that your city waste companies are selling to farmers or soil companies that have every toxin/disease chemical you can think of in it also has every pharmaceutical in it. It is the solids collected from cities waste systems filtered out. https://www.bitchute.com/video/zC6lw1LFiXoi/ This is a link to a documentary of on biosolids.
There are many many ways to start growing food I could talk for hours about this.
I got 130LBS of squash out of an area that a hatchback could park in. Only plant one type of squash in an area or you’ll get odd ball squash and never plant your watermelon with in a mile of squash as they will cross pollinate and both crops will be lost.
This is a good channel of a gent who can show many ways to turn junk plant life into food your your crops. https://odysee.com/@dharmabear:2/Back-To-Eden-documentary-2011:b
You missed a big one. Predatory pricing. I’ve seen this at big warehouse stores and it can go on anywhere. Prices are kept in computer and fed to checkout. Stickers are no longer on products. There’s a label with SKU etc on the shelf.
The scam is to raise the price on big shopping days (weekends) and have normal pricing during the week. Grocers like to run sales on Wednesday which is usually a slow day otherwise.
It might be worth your while to price, say a dozen popular items (milk, eggs, bread, cuts of meat, fresh fruit & veg), every day for a week to see if you can spot a trend. See if “sales” are really sales. They are usually on the end caps of aisles.
Chickens are easy. Once you establish a good flock you will get an abundance of eggs. I recommend starting with 6 and build from there. If you don’t have to worry about predators, get a movable coop. If you don’t have room. You can build one yourself cheap ( wait I take that back even lumber is up) but much cheaper than buying one built. I would not let them roam in your garden they will destroy it. But will eat all the bugs. Hope this helps. BigVMd
I built my house in 1978 and put the front of the house south facing with a 2 story green house that heats the house as well as hydroponic growing beds which grows all I need year round heated by the sun and a outside garden as well from April till Dec.