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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:54 pm    Post subject: brown vs. white Reply with quote

If white rice is brown rice without the hull, if it takes more effort to process white rice, then why does brown rice cost so much more than white?

My suspicion is the only reason they charge more for brown than white is because...... they can.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps the same reason they charge more for grain bread than white? Health, it seems, costs, while Coca Cola is the cheapest item (price/volume) in my supermarket.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How come a pound of frozen corn costs the same as a pound of hamburger, when it takes several pounds of corn and hundreds, [I actually once heard over 2000] gallons of water to make a lb of beef?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe you guys are on to something...

I watched "Taking Woodstock" the other day. Possibly the funniest line in the whole movie was when Max Yasgur (the guy who rented out his farm for the music festival) was talking to the kid who was the head of the Chamber of Commerce about the people in town who were complaining about all the hippies showing up and ruining the place, but were selling them bottles of water. "Can you believe it? A dollar!" Yasgur said. "For *water*!" Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Main reason- the demand for brown rice is significantly lower. Rice has several layers of hulls. Removing all of them gives you white rice. Removing only the outer hull and not disturbing the inner layers of hulls is evidently more difficult. Also, brown rice does not have nearly the storage life of white rice.

It's so cheap anyway that I've never really thought about it. I prefer basmati rice. It's more expensive, but it's still rice and therefore cheap.
It does not have the nutritional value of brown rice, but it does not convert to sugar as readily as regular white rice either.

As for the corn- you're comparing it to hamburger and not the whole cow. The average retail price for beef was $4.44/lb. for Jan 2011.

Ever notice that the cheapest fries are cheaper than the cheapest potatoes?

I got an answer for that one, too.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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As for the corn- you're comparing it to hamburger and not the whole cow. The average retail price for beef was $4.44/lb. for Jan 2011.


Heh...actually, I knew that, but it is evened out by the fact that corn is actually costing us a heck of a lot more than we pay retail...and beef prices are in part driven up by the medical cost of keeping them from getting sick from eating corn.
At the farm level, it costs just under 6 cents to grow a pound of corn, but it's only worth just over 3 cents.
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