I was surprised to learn that only $860.4 billion was spent on tech products in 2012, less than half of that on food.
So whether it's the farmer, his equipment or fertilizer; the men and women who ship, distribute and sell the products across the country; the employees in food processing, marketing or technology; the morning shelf stocker, cashier or waitress, one thing is for certain: Food is the real king in the U.S.
Should we opt for potatoes, rice and ramen noodles, then our economy could take a real slug to the gut -- both, figuratively and literally.At the time of publication, the author was long SBUX and AAPL. -- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich. Follow @BretKenwell This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.