Food glorious food, we're anxious to try it

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Zoey 6 mo appointment Stats:

14 lb 4 oz (13th percentile for age)
26.5 in (75th percentile for age)
eating like a champ despite her small size
I'm her favorite--which is absolutely the best feeling in the world!
One tough cookie--no uncontrollable sobbing during her shots, just alligator tears filled the eyes and the saddest look of betrayal... i think that's probably worse actually

So I was pondering...

since I have a "petite" (it sounds better than skinny when refering to babies) child

about all the children in this world who go hungry.

It breaks my heart to think of all the children in other countries, but especially our country who go hungry. I can't think of one single reason why a child in America should ever be hungry.

Then I got to thinking about how we pay farmers not to farm land, so that the crops stay at a higher price and the farmers can make money....

Which got me thinking, why don't we have them farm and then all that surplus goes to our welfare programs. Instead of the government shelling out money for people not to farm, as well as shelling out money for people in need to go buy doritos and crap from the grocery store, why don't we set up government "grocery stores" that are fresh, healthy foods, for people in need. They could sell meats, vegetables and fruits, breads, rice, all the basic foods for a healthy diet.

In my head, this would cut spending as well as take better care of those individuals in our country who are at risk of malnutrition.

Why don't they do that? No, seriously, please comment and tell me why don't they do that?


Shelli said...

I think that sounds like a GREAT idea. You should figure out a way to make it happen. Let me know how I can help.

Casey and Nicole said...

Sounds AWESOME to me!

Whitney Brown said...

It is really sad when a family has to go through the $1 menu to feed their family fries and burgers because the costs of fresh food is so expensive. Doesn't matter how many health classes we have in school, if they can't afford it, they can't afford to feed their family. I love your idea, write a letter to your local senators, get your voice heard Carla! You have a fantastic way of saying things, so SAY IT LOUD!

Teri said...

So, I wrote this whole long comment about how there are food deserts and how the government subsidizing programs are broken and how the farmers are being screwed over, but it was about the length of a short novel, so suffice it to say, if you're interested in the subject, read some of Michael Pollan's books. He talks about this exact subject.

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