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ChemE in the OP
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"Hunger is not a scarcity issue, it's a democracy issue."



Belo Horizonte, Brazil

World Future Council Brochure on the policy

Some interesting ideas and positive community results. Could this work in lower income areas in the US? Maybe.







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CarrolltonTiger
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re: "Hunger is not a scarcity issue, it's a democracy issue."


You seem to use the term democracy very loosely, but after reviewing your links, I must ask what in all of that could possibly work in our lower income areas?

Please be specific.






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ChemE in the OP
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re: "Hunger is not a scarcity issue, it's a democracy issue."


I was referring to the fact that healthier choices were made by folks in this community when that option was not more costly than other alternatives. What incentives and options would need to be put in place for this to happen in the states? Do you believe that McDonald's, etc. would still be the option of choice? Is it an education, accessibility, or cultural phenomenon?





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Taxing Authority
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re: "Hunger is not a scarcity issue, it's a democracy issue."


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I was referring to the fact that healthier choices were made by folks in this community when that option was not more costly than other alternatives. What incentives and options would need to be put in place for this to happen in the states? Do you believe that McDonald's, etc. would still be the option of choice? Is it an education, accessibility, or cultural phenomenon?
So you believe if we artificially lower the cost of broccoli it will become more plentiful?






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50Mullets
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re: "Hunger is not a scarcity issue, it's a democracy issue."


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So you believe if we artificially lower the cost of broccoli it will become more plentiful?


We already try to do this with farm subsidies for things like milk. I doesn't work very well.






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TigerTattle
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re: "Hunger is not a scarcity issue, it's a democracy issue."


We already have Farmer's Markets, a straight from farmer to buyer alternative. They're all over the place. It's just so much easier to buy a burger than to cook a meal from raw ingredients, plus, clean-up consists of no more than throwing paper in the nearest trashcan. How many parents even teach their kids rudimentary cooking skills? Making cheaper, healthier foods even more readily available won't do much good without the skillset needed to cook and the incentive to do the prep, cooking, and cleaning.

As for the prepared food mentioned, how long would it be before tummyache/allergy lawsuits ensued, before the Health department and OSHA were involved, before regulation upon regulation were developed and instituted making the price of such meals rise?









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Cold Pizza
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re: "Hunger is not a scarcity issue, it's a democracy issue."


People aren't starving in lower income areas of the US; I assume you are referring access to good food not crap.

As an OT Baller, I don't live in a poor area so maybe it's different, but I'm regularly surprised how cheap fruits and vegetables are at my local grocery story. I bought a half-gallon of grapefruit juice (pasteurized, from concentrate but still 100% juice) for like $3.50. I live in the North, a long ways away from vegetable production but I can still get fresh carrots, broccoli, apples, ect for perfectly reasonable prices.






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constant cough
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re: "Hunger is not a scarcity issue, it's a democracy issue."


We already have a solution to hunger here in America.







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ChemE in the OP
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re: "Hunger is not a scarcity issue, it's a democracy issue."


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We already have Farmer's Markets, a straight from farmer to buyer alternative.


I'm not sure this option is readily available in many locations, especially at reasonable cost as many of these specialize in "organic" food, etc.

I definitely see your point about the cooking skill set being lacking which directly relates to my comment about it being a cultural issue.






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TigerTattle
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I'm not sure this option is readily available in many locations, especially at reasonable cost as many of these specialize in "organic" food, etc.
Perhaps not. I live near several small towns. All have farmers markets once a week, none organic, just produce grown by locals along with home-canned jellies, pickles, etc. But I have seen produce stands in nearby cities and have shopped at them. Prices are a bit higher than farmers markets, but not much.






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CarrolltonTiger
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re: "Hunger is not a scarcity issue, it's a democracy issue."


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I was referring to the fact that healthier choices were made by folks in this community when that option was not more costly than other alternatives


Eating healthy is not more expensive than fast food it is more time consuming and work intensive.
Our dysfunctionals have food stamps to buy nutritious commodities not fast food. They could cook their free food if they weren't too lazy. Prepared food is easier.

If people wnat to eat healthy the information and the options are available. Eating crap and being morbidly obese is a choice.






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