Divided We Eat

November 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

Monday’s Newsweek article by Lisa Miller investigates the ever-widening gap between upper class locavore foodies and the food insecure.

“According to data released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 17 percent of Americans—more than 50 million people—live in households that are “food insecure,” a term that means a family sometimes runs out of money to buy food, or it sometimes runs out of food before it can get more money.”

The article discusses several reasons for the growing obesity numbers among lower-income families, including availability and cost of healthy food.

“While food prices overall rose about 25 percent, the most nutritious foods (red peppers, raw oysters, spinach, mustard greens, romaine lettuce) rose 29 percent, while the least nutritious foods (white sugar, hard candy, jelly beans, and cola) rose just 16 percent.”

And as always, Michael Pollan offers some great perspective –

“Essentially,” he says, “we have a system where wealthy farmers feed the poor crap and poor farmers feed the wealthy high-quality food.”

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