Sunday, December 28, 2008
Hunger in America?
Will hunger be the next big issue in America? Malnourished obese parents raising malnourished anemic children, hungry for nutrients and eating plastic foods high in saturated fats. Palm kernal oil and coconut butter filling foods, high fructose corn syrup filling grocery shelves and making us sick when we eat them. We won't be skinny hungry people, but really fat hungry people. Diabetics eating sugar and peeing sugar that can't nourish cells. Sugars stuck behind a wall of fat blocking nouishment. Hunger persists though fat overwhelmingly impeeds the process. But hunger could also look different. We could have bread lines and food scarcities and protein malnutrition. We see this elsewhere in the world without looking very hard. Micheal Pollan and others want to change the farm bill to support small farmers and locally grown foods. Our artificially cheap food impacts our health, land, and animals. Let's consider an agricultural policy that highlights public-health and environmental values. A bill that in Michael Pollen's words has "incentives to produce food cleanly, sustainably and humanely." We the people must feed our people better than we have. With Obama in the Whitehouse, we can get working on it.