So much is sold on contract to the soopermarket chains.
I have known "farmers" who do not know what crop is being grown on their land. Yes, that is right. Management of the farm has been given over to the contractor. Decisions were made before the growing season began. Everything clicks, clicks, clicks until ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching. And, if it doesn't -- there's crop insurance.
Not only does the consumer just come in as a hapless source of cash there at the end but the "farmer" is just another kind of investor.
Since this is the "food industry" in the US and decisions are based on profits -- the consumers may end up with "food deserts." If I don't have a vehicle and $ for fuel, I'm dependent on public transport, if available, and public food sources. Gonna find good food at a convenience store or fast food joint on some street corner? Not likely.
I am a believer in purchases of staples. Yes, we shop more often than we should but I bet we could go a month easily on just what we have purchased in bulk. With what's in the freezer from the garden: 2 months. The rice, pasta, etc. forms a basis for lots & lots of servings of vegetables. A very large box of macaroni or a bag of rice is cheap compared to buying it packaged by the ounce. Up front cash is needed, but we eat every day! Pasta and rice will keep. It isn't as tho' we will decide eat/not eat somewhere down the calender. At least, I hope not.
We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond. ~ Gwendolyn Brooks