A Place at the Table Reviews
Just to run down some of the items: we often associate poverty/hunger with being thin. That's not really the case in America. Poor people can buy shitty food, so obesity is actually a bigger symptom of hunger. How is it so affordable? Eighty-four percent of ag incentives go toward rice, wheat, corn, etc that lead to cheaper processed foods. Only one percent of subsidies go to fruits and veggies. Gee, I wonder what farmers will grow.
Then there is politics as usual. The avg school lunch is 2.68. With all admin and expenses out, a school lunch runs around 1.00. Can anyone eat nutritiously for 1.00 a meal?? So Obama comes in and wants to increase student lunch budget $10 billion over 10 years. Get that billion by cutting subsidies to groups that don't need help. It gets struck down within 24 hours. The compromise is a $4.5 billion increase over 10 years, and half of that will be funded by cutting food stamps. Take from the poor to give to the poor. Meanwhile, Bush tax cuts give the top-two percent $1.3 trillion over 10 years. Trillion with a T. What a joke.
So you get our favorite symptom in America...don't pay a little to prevent it, pay a lot to fix it. Obesity causes so many problems. Development issues cause problems. Long list of items that could be helped my putting more food on the table. But hey. We gotta keep giving to the haves and keep taking away from the have nots. It's become the American way.
The title says it all, it's got a great heart, but poor direction.