Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that provides food and services to people each year. Together this network is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization. Recently, more families and individuals begin to struggle with hunger due to the cost of living increasing and income from employers not being sufficient enough to feed and take care of a family. Price and income shifts can radically impact the poor and hungry.
The experience that the majority of urban and rural Americans shared together during the depression was a flat out lack of income. The differences were very few, but in the cities, the depression was more prominently visible because of a higher percentage of the population (Schultz 2014). Besides the lack of income and employment, most Americans underwent periods of time being extremely hungry. In the cities, people spent hours waiting in breadlines and were losing their homes to only end up living on the streets in communities referred to as "Hoovervilles" nicknamed after the president (Schultz 2014). In the country, families suffered because of unusual droughts of the 1930 's that caused crops to fail miserably meant the already indebted farmers commonly lost their properties.
The fast-food experiment is one-sided and not a wide enough study, as there is only one individual/restaurant involved. In addition, every person is different in how his or her body processes food. Thus, for some individuals like Spurlock, by ingesting too many calories per day the inevitable result is weight gain. Yet, Don Gorske’s cholesterol remained at 140 after years of eating Big Macs (totaling 19,852) proving a similar stance in the opposing direction. Therefore, Spurlock’s findings for his one-sided experiment were too exaggerated and not scalable to the general population.
The importance of this issue is significant because all the food being wasted daily totals about 4 million dollars in the U.S. The Durango Herald says honestly “Not surprisingly, American kids, whether pressed for time or just grossed out, leave much of their meals untouched; particularly neglected are the fruits and vegetables, which they are now forced to put on their trays before they can exit the cafeteria line.” This tremendous waste can be stopped but only if we abolish the Healthy Hunger Free Kids
Schlosser also explains how America’s farmers and ranchers, a symbol of tenacity and freedom, have been abused by the food chains for decades, and become “completely powerless” in the present but regardless, fast food has become a “social custom” in contemporary society. In doing so, it has “fundamentally” changed “popular culture” as homogenization has spread across the US, ruining independent business, as well as destroying cultures all across the globe. Schlosser provides a strong in-depth analysis that mirrors that of acclaimed economists around the globe of how the fast food industry has the potential to lead to the collapse of the average American’s life, and that there may be more to the term “sustainable” prosperity than meets the eye. We should embrace Eric Schlosser’s perspective to a greater extent, in hopes that the truth of the restaurant industry can be revealed to the masses to protect the producers of the industry, regular workers, and the cultural identity of America and the world can be
The rising health problems in the United States of America are caused by poor nutrition, people who are sedentary, the lack of healthcare prevention, and many more. As reported on the Tikkun website, “Of the many systems in our world today that need to be reimagined, none is more important for our future than our food system” (1). The lack of our food system is one of the many factors that has led the United States to its uprising dilemmas; one of the many factors are the food deserts across the U.S. Food deserts are geographic areas where access to affordable healthy and nutritious food are limited, or impossible to purchase, by residents in the area. Food deserts are prone to low-income areas that can’t afford transportation, and due to the lack of grocery stores and supermarkets that sells fresh produce and healthy food within convenient distance to resident’s homes, there is a difficulty in obtaining healthy food options which leads to countless health issues. According to the Diabetes Forecast website, “About 18.3 million Americans live in low-income areas and are far from a supermarket” (1).
Unhealthy food is approximately $1.50 cheaper per day, or approximately $550 per year, than healthy food. Additionally, while $550 per year is certainly burdensome for many people, that cost figure doesn’t include any long-term healthcare costs as a termination of eating a miserable diet. Your child’s public school lunches may be confined to lower qualitstandardsia than even fast food. Learn about the shocking investigations that expose the perils and risks of public school cafeteria lunches.
The levels of poverty is increasing in urban areas and children have no choice but to go out and look for jobs to earn enough to assist their families or themselves (FSCE2006:iii). According to (Abate 2004) Children are vulnerable to food insecurity due to their dependency status and their low social positions. They are mostly guided and supervised by adults, they cannot make their own decisions and many of them are forced to take low paying and difficult unskilled jobs to earn their daily meals, which results in many of them often living a life of abuse and
A Global Problem: Food Waste From a global perspective, the world is wasting food at a staggering rate, resulting in the lost potential for feeding the disadvantaged as well as impacting the natural order of wildlife and contributing to climate change. Consequently, through this tragedy the world has the opportunity to find methods of reducing food waste. The world 's annual value of food wasted totals 750 billion dollars. This costly food waste comes in two main factors, waste and loss.
So what exactly is the problem? Well, the USDA food desert locator (3) shows that ten percent of America is classified as a food desert. Households all across the country don’t have access to fresh and healthy food causing them to resort to unhealthy cheaper food like fast food or food someone could get from a convenience store. Food deserts can impact the health of our nation. Especially when it comes to obesity, because studies have shown that having greater number of convenience stores are linked to having higher obesity.
In an article from national society they mention that the foods that are killing people slowly isn’t only the fast food or the high processed foods that is found in the grocery store but the extremely processed salts, and refined sugars. It is mentioned that because of that it can cause autoimmune diseases. Schlosser also mentions one of the diseases that are deadly if not treated properly, “ More than half of all American adults and about one-quarter of all American children are no obese or overweight”(240). All this had started since the late 1970’s and its still going on in this day in age, but many do not want to realize that it is something that n one should be proud of. Obesity happens because many people tend to consume fast food because it is the easiest option than taking time to make a nutritional meal.
Quoting Wal-Mart, Mr. Holt-Gimenez explains, “If you’ve always lived near a grocery store, or fresh market, here’s something you’ve probably never considered: There are neighborhoods across the United States where it is nearly impossible to find fresh produce. These places are called ‘Food Deserts’ and Walmart is committed to removing them from our communities” (525). Access to fresh, high-quality food is a major factor in today’s obesity problem and the reason why lower income individuals suffer from higher obesity. Lower income residents, often with no access to transportation other than the public system, are at the mercy of the food offerings that are within a few blocks from their home. With no grocery stores or fresh markets around, their choices are limited to fast, low-quality take out or pre-packaged foods void of any nutritious value.
Unstable markets cause fluctuations in food product prices, which affect the majority of the population, because they live in poverty. Poverty stricken families and neighborhoods simply cannot afford most food, and when food product prices are unstable, it is almost impossible for them to get the nutrition they need to survive. “Over one billion people in the world live under one dollar a day.” (Felling 57) Given this number, it is impossible for those one billion people to afford the nutrition they need daily, let alone when the food prices fluctuate.
Once the farmers with other skills did find work they suffered from very low wages for their huge families that some of them had. Like in the book Life During the Dust Bowl on person states that when she was younger she can remember eating string beans and corn almost all the time, also her father did find a job beyond farming but only paid him $24 a month which is to feed himself, her mother and the eight other children.(Yancey)(pg.27). Another way the farmers suffered from the extreme poverty was that the price for the wheat dropped from $1.60 to less than twenty-five cents a bushel.(Yancey)(pg.22). Due to these the farmers had a very rough time getting through the Dust