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FOOD INSECURITY

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Food deserts on the outskirts and out of county lines are communities that don’t get corporations to come to their towns, so to get fresh produce it has to be home grown.

Many impoverished families travel on bus with multiple transfers to get to a grocery store with fresh produce but find it very difficult on a shoe string budget to actually afford the healthy food items. Not to mention you only have so much you can carry in your own arms while traveling by bus. Food stamp eligibility is based on total household income. To qualify, the income for a family of 3 cannot exceed $24,000 per year. Food stamps usually last for only 3 weeks of the month.

In the documentary “Fed Up” James McGovern a US Rep. Massachusetts Co-Chair, Congressional Hunger Center, went on a one-week food stamp diet. He said, “He hated it!” Average benefit is $3 a day and it took him a long time to figure out what to buy. He realized how impossible it is for these families every single day.

Nutritional deprivation can have a life long consequence on cognitive development and social skills. These along with even common sickness can truncate childhood development. It affects their brain.

Actor and humanitarian Jeff Bridges – End Hunger Network – founded 1983 is the producer of “Fed Up”. A film worth watching. Perhaps you will find this as alarming as I did where he states

  • Reagan – 20 Million hungry
  • Bush Sr. – 30 Million hungry
  • Clinton – 33 Million hungry
  • Bush Jr. – 49 Million hungry
  • Obama – 50 Million hungry

THE U.S. ranks worst among the IMF’s Advanced Economy countries of Food Insecurity (19th). There are 40 Million Americans on food stamps

And 1 out of every two will be on some kind of food assistance before they are adults. Couple that with welfare office visits costing you a day of work and it is extremely stressful set of circumstances.

UNFED AND FED UP

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

“The situation of the people’s afflicted by hunger & malnutrition arises from their historical circumstances, especially social inequalities, including in many cases alien and colonial domination, foreign occupation, racial discrimination, apartheid and neo-colonialism in all it’s forms, which continue to be among the greatest obstacles to the full emancipation and progress of the developing countries and all the people’s involved”

  • Declaration on the Eradication of Hunger & Malnutrition Nov 16, 1974

Forty years later where are we? Are things any better? In the US

  • 1 in 6 children go without food and
  •  30% of American families were classified as food insecure
  • 50 Million Americans don’t have enough food to eat.

Obesity and hunger are hand in hand because without money to buy food you need to be healthy you spend it on the cheap food that is very bad with high calories, fat, sugar etc.

Since 1995, the USDA has spent a quarter of a trillion dollars on farm subsidies.

The USDA uses are far to diverse to be impartial. It represents

  • International Food Trade
  • Crop Insurance
  • Food, Safety & Inspection
  • Conservation
  • Dietary Guidelines
  • Animal Protection
  • Farming
  • RAL Development
  • Food & Nutrition programs

They now focus on Mega-farm corporations who receive tax-payers funding to operate with no subsidies for fruit and vegetable farming. Agribusinesses focus on the processed and cheap to develop food items that are actually not food but extremely profitable.