Compare the cost of food today with 75 years ago. Price of oranges is up 95 percent.
You do realize, don't you, that that represents only an annual increase of less than 1% per year in the cost of oranges? Over that same period of time, the consumer price index has increased by about 1500% (or an average annual inflation rate of about 3.8%).
Food is cheaper now than at any time in human history.
I don't know about that. At one time in medieval England a person could work just one or two months and provide for a family for a year. That was before the enclosure period and dissolution of the monasteries. IOW's, before private property laws were enacted leading to the proliferation of oppressive labour laws to prevent peasants/cheap labour from living free lives in the forests. Because when people can no longer squat on and pioneer the king's land nor afford to pay "market" prices for food, the state is obligated at that point to ensure everyone is fed, clothed and housed properly otherwise the people might riot or even choose to side with an invading foreign army for lack of patriotic feelings for the corrupt regime.
If food is so cheap in the country with large regions of lush and fertile farmland, then why are there 50 million food insecure Americans today? And just as importantly, why are so many kids in Ontario showing up at schoolhouse doors with MT bellies?