Americans will spend only two cents per meal on crop insurance – the risk management tool most used by farmers to protect themselves from the whims of Mother Nature – through FY 2023, according to CBO’s latest 10-year budget projections. That figure is up from one cent per meal, which was the average cost for the period of FY 2000 to 2011.
Those estimates might come as a surprise to many Americans, who are watching ongoing Congressional action surrounding the five-year, $100 billion per year Farm Bill. But most of that money actually goes towards spending on domestic food programs, with roughly 15 percent directed to farm programs and crop insurance.
The cost per meal figure is derived from CBO’s projected crop insurance program outlays, the Census Bureau’s projections of total U.S. population, the Department of Commerce’s data on consumption spending on food, and the assumption that consumers eat three meals a day.