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It's All Made in China? Not So Fast!

How much of the stuff you buy is made in China and imported here? The answer may surprise you.

How much of the stuff you buy in America is made in China? It’s an important question to ask as the world’s second largest economic power continues its rise and Americans fret about the direction of our manufacturing sector and economy at large, but the answer may surprise you.

While Chinese goods seem ubiquitous, especially given America’s economic woes, the reality is that imports from the country are a relatively small part of the economy: A total of 88.5 percent of consumer spending in the United States is on items made here, with only 2.7 percent spent on “Made in China” goods, according to new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco:

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Feast Your Eyes: 16 Cents of Each Dollar You Spend on Food Goes to the Farm. What Happens to the Rest?

A new report from the USDA reveals the economic underpinnings of our food system.


This month, the USDA's Economic Research Service issued a new report in its Food Dollar series, which "measures annual expenditures on domestically produced food by individuals living in the United States and provides a detailed answer to the question 'For what do our food dollars pay?'"

The report slices the food dollar three different ways, to shed light on "different aspects of evolving supply chain relationships." The most straightforward data set, pictured above, shows that in typical dollar’s worth of US-produced food, 84.2 cents pays for food marketing, while just 15.8 cents is spent on the raw farm commodities themselves.

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