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Without Grease, the U.S. Would Be Greece

I was surprised to learn that only $860.4 billion was spent on tech products in 2012, less than half of that on food.

That includes companies such as Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT), which are considered titans in the U.S.

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.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

Stock quotes in this article: KRFT, SBUX, AAPL, GOOG, SAM, CVS, TGT, MSFT 
Bret Kenwell currently writes, blogs and also contributes to Robert Weinstein's Weekly Options Newsletter. Focuses on short-to-intermediate-term trading opportunities that can be exposed via options. He prefers to use debit trades on momentum setups and credit trades on support/resistance setups. He also focuses on building long-term wealth by searching for consistent, quality dividend paying companies and long-term growth companies. He considers himself the surfer, not the wave, in relation to the market and himself. He has no allegiance to either the bull side or the bear side.

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