Why is food in Germany so cheap? I moved here two months ago and I have paid like 50€ for food per month, it's incredible.
I thought subsidies artifically inflated prices because the govt was buying product out at a rate higher than what the market naturally would, in order to prevent bankruptcy in suppliers?
No it is definitely agricultural products, crops and milk. The food production is really efficient in The Netherlands and every square meter of land not used for buildings is used for agriculture.
Vegetables are so cheap here (I am Dutch) it is a shame that so many people here don't know how to cook.
That land is entirely flat, incredibly moist and pretty damned fertile. Combine that with the fact that the Netherlands is a first world modern country (unlike many other countries with agricultural potential like Poland, India or China) and the Netherlands' third place is well deserved.
The question isn't why the Netherlands is doing so well, the question is what the fuck the rest of the world (other than Murika and France) is doing.
Dutch farmers are hard working people (compared to those lazy fucktards in France who only drink wine the whole day) and a lot of them went to university, resulting in extreme efficient farming. And indeed the land is flat and fertile. Apples, pears, cucumbers, potatoes, pickles, cabbages, Brussels sprouts, bell peppers, carrots and onions is all exported to Germany and Germans love that shit.
>France is populated by the French
>compared to those lazy fucktards in France who only drink wine the whole day
Clench your buttholes, are you ready to be completely blown the fuck out?
France is less productive than the Netherlands by a microscopic margin.
Let's see what The Economist has to say about those lazy Frenchmen who only drink wine all day.
>The French could take Friday off and still produce more than Britons do in a week.
In other words, the French could spend half the week (friday + weekend) doing nothing but drinking wine and they'd STILL outproduce the British.
Get rekt Amerilards.
>B-But muh higher Murikan productivity, MURIKA STRONK
That probably has something to do with America having ZERO paid vacation days and practically no legal sick day regulations. Welcome to the salt mines, pleb.
Dutch produce game is ridiculous.
Having spent some time there I've learned that having a job at an agricultural company creating new, faster growing and more resillient strains of fruits and vegs means you're making serious money.
Companies are headhunting students from biology departments left and right. It's big, big business.
>America having ZERO paid vacation days
Varies by the company you work for. Most do, some don't. America is great at productivity but we could use more breaks - it makes people really on edge.
>Americans pretty much immediately turning a regular thread into a shitposting reel
hello OP, i'm a regular visitor to Germany
and i actually totally agree with you. the food is a lot cheaper, but partly cos the culture is different. Aldi/Lidl and the other discounters are very much part of everyone's shopping routine, it's not just for the poor (partly cos Germany is very egalitarian). but you can go to posh supermarkets like Kaisers and spend an absolute fortune on nonsense
as anon said above, Germany produces a massive amount of its own food (especially meat and grain), and a lot of the rest comes from within the EU
plus Germans do a lot more cooking at home, so people buy fewer readymade meals, however they also eat out a lot, so cheap informal meals are easy to find too
i was able to get by on about €15 a week and eat well, which is a little over half of what i'd pay in the UK usually
protip: buy blocks of fresh yeast and use spelt flour as much as you can cos it's cheap as fuck, also because of sunday trading laws in some states, the supermarkets are usually closed, but you may occassionaly see one open, and they sometimes offer an extra 10% off everything as a bonus
It's even better when you live in Berlin, at the Turkish markets you get fantastic deals on produce. Last week I got around 1 kilo champignons for 3 euro and 2 kilos of cherry tomatoes for 4 euros. You just have to get there right before they close down.
It's a nice place. I'd probably move there or to Belgium if I could be bothered learning a second language. Speaking to people in my native tongue already makes me anxious enough, it would be awful trying to do so with a more limited vocabulary.