Friday, March 1, 2013

Food insecurity: "A Place at the Table" (video)

Amber Dorrian, CC Liu, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly; MagnoliaPicturesVOD

MagnoliaPicturesVODThe next chapter on America's food crisis is exposed by the people that brought us "FOOD, INC." Today in the US 1 in 4 kids do not know where their next meal is coming from. Hunger, lack, scarcity, malnutrition, "food insecurity" -- all of which can paradoxically lead to obesity because of the stress and poor quality "junk" foods consumed as a result) rather than overt starvation is a growing epidemic in the US.
We can fix it. This is not a race issue with minorities on the receiving end and a majority group coming to the rescue. The majority is experiencing the crisis as well. And just like "global warming," which could not possibly be a problem because look how cold this winter storm was, our obesity crisis masks the stress, scarcity (of affordable nutrition), and insecurity that are epidemic. Impoverished areas have more obesity, not less. And places that suffer more stress visit the hospital, usually emergency rooms, at far higher rates. Jeff Bridges, Tom Colicchio star. 
A Place at the Table
Billy Tatum (
Hungry in the Land of Plenty (pastemagazine)
Years ago, a friend of mine who immigrated from Iraq [which we bombed back to the Stone Age with two illegal wars based on false pretexts of Weapons of Mass Destruction that proved utterly false, and years of sanctions that crippled the civilian population while doing little to the protected leadership] told me that one of the biggest shocks in arriving wasn’t how people behaved, but the overabundance of choices, in of all places, a supermarket. The fact that she would be nearly paralyzed by the amount of choices made me appreciate the “super” in supermarket. The dark side to all those choices and why a nation should be ashamed is featured in the poverty documentary A Place at the Table. More

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