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The weights used in the U.S. CPI (from 2016) are available here: link to BLS weights. Note that these weights are based on consumption data, so that they are meant to align with actual spending patterns. If you look at them, you will see that the majority of the weight is either processed food or food away from home. Note that some categories explicitly ...


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Have there been any economists who have argued in favor of national food self-sufficiency and what are some of their arguments? I am not knowledgeable of literature in that direction, but some of the arguments in the aforementioned excerpts are flawed. Simply put, self-sufficiency does not preclude free trade. The excerpt of The Economist certainly ...


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Cost of production is somewhat difficult to pin down, since much of that information is private. However, consumer costs are widely available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2954450/ I have managed to find a comparison of beef, pork, dairy, poultry, and eggs to plants in terms of protein, and broadly beef is the most inefficient of those (See ...


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This question is too open-ended, as it does not even specify a country. There are a number of issues that have shown up. These comments are based on my reading of news stories, and arguably not authoritative. Logistics have been disrupted, putting shipping, planting, and harvesting at risk. This is a worry for countries that are dependent upon food imports....


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You should try to avoid mixing data sets unless you have a good way to bridge them. There are very precise methodologies used to construct each data set and mixing them can lead to nonobvious problems. You might consider looking at the BEA's IO tables at a more disaggregated level. For example, the Use table shows Personal Consumption Expenditures at a ...


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The main argument for food self-sufficiency---endorsed by Bush in the quote you have---is that being dependant on other countries for food reduces the power a country can hope to wield on an international level. However valid or invalid, this is an argument that an economist would be very unlikely to make, as economists tend to focus their work exclusively ...


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I recognize that I cannot prove a negative and claim "no economists want this", but I will caution that there will be few economists with an interest in food independence (being a food autarky) because it is fundamentally opposed by well-accepted economic theory, the Ricardian Trade model. Take a look at the Ricardian Trade model. Here's a link to a nice ...


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This technology would be implemented on a large scale regardless of any countries law mandating it's use. Firms would save a lot of resources if they could get rid of eggs at the 4-20 day mark rather than the 22-25 day mark as this is when they start consuming food. As per unemployment it seems these numbers wont be large. A back of the envelope calculation ...


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I think you're getting tripped up by notation. Instead of LOC/\$, write \$/LOC, since international trade is most likely to take place using $USD as an intermediary currency. Here's an example: Suppose world prices for soybeans are \$150/ton USD. Today, the Wakandan widget (W) trades at 75W/\$ - so, I suggest rewriting this as $1/75W. Then, absent ...


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