I have so many things to say about this, I don’t even know where to start.
- This is what the american food system does to people. Not only are foods packed full of sugars and fats to appease the ruined taste buds of the nation, but they are the cheaper alternative to real food. None of these products are real food, but they are cheap and they taste good.
- This is a direct result of “industrial agriculture”. Want to know where that sugar came from? Corn. Want to know where all the fat and oil came from? Soy. Want to know where the excessive carbs came from? Processed wheat. There are literally towns full of people near me who scoff at organics, scoff at eating healthy foods and say “I’m a farmer because I want to feed the world”. This is the result of your thinking. Congrats.
- I can almost guarantee you that these parents are on welfare or they are very poor. The current welfare system is a mess. There is not enough aid given to provide the people in need with fresh, nutritious foods, but there is plenty of money given for them to live off of little debbie snacks and mountain dew for a month. There is nothing wrong with needing help, I don’t care if they are on welfare. I’m upset that the welfare system is so ridiculous. Justin and I were on food stamps once and we got $130 a month. I spent it all on meat and raw materials to make other things with, but it didn’t go far. If we had to live off of that $130 only, I could have fed us easily, in excess, on processed food. Why are we so willing to dole out help when it’s not really helping anyone, but we don’t give help to those who take their health seriously?
- As much as I want to say these parents should have their child taken away, chances are they have NO idea that they are eating extremely wrong OR they have no other choice. Even organic farms around here are not possible to participate with unless you are middle class or higher. No one on food stamps or in poverty can afford $4/lb organic chicken or a bushel of organic apples for $35. It’s just not possible.
There are just so many things wrong with this whole situation. We find ourselves in it all the time. I want to buy all our pork and chicken from the farm we get our raw milk from. I know it’s better for us, it’s humanely raised, it’s organic, it’s everything I want in food. There is absolutely no way we could afford it. It’s not the farm’s fault at all. Organic is a hot topic right now, so they have to pay 2-5 times as much for organic feed, 2-5 times as much for organic chicks and then they have to deal with the same diseases and loss to predators as everyone else, but their options to fix it are more expensive and less available.
Farming is a business and I would never ask someone to sell me something for less than what they put into it, but I won’t lie and say it’s affordable, because it’s not.
So what should we do? Obviously the food system and welfare system are destroyed. Welfare did make a step in the right direction and added seeds to the approved list for food stamps. Unfortunately, I’ve never met a single city person on food stamps in my life that knew how to garden. So the gov’t says “spend your food money on stamps and grow your own”, which is noble, but then there are no programs to teach these people anything about growing food. What a mess.
So, what are your thoughts on the subject? I understand welfare and agriculture are big political topics, so please be respectful to one another!
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