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  1. Kathy Norman
    Kathy Norman 5 March, 2013 at 2:17 pm |

    Loving these blog posts. Thanks for promoting awareness of hunger and poverty

  2. Maria
    Maria 6 March, 2013 at 3:18 pm |

    Have you read Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma? I also recommend the documentary film King Corn. Both good sources of information as to why junk food is so cheap and bad for our health.

    1. Susan Herman
      Susan Herman 6 March, 2013 at 3:29 pm |

      I plan to read & view those. Does either one address hunger? I’m reacting in this post to all the finger-pointing at Big Food saying badbadbad, let’s make crappy food more expensive so people won’t choose it. But what about making good food more affordable/ accessible? I’d like to know more about movements like that afoot.

      1. Maria
        Maria 7 March, 2013 at 11:39 am |

        It’s been about 4 yrs since I read the book so I don’t remember if hunger is addressed, but what I found interesting about the book and film is the fact that our government subsidizes corn and soy crops which enables Big Food to produce cheap feed for cattle (not what they were designed by God to eat), and cheap high fructose corn syrup and junk food (not what we were designed by God to eat). The carrot and broccoli farmers don’t get subsidized! Food Inc. is also a great film which touches on this and follows a low income family through the market as they decide what they can afford to eat.

        I am a foodie too because I want to eat the food my great-grandparents ate and thrived on: livestock raised on pasture, non-GMO/pesticide laden produce, tiny amounts of real sugar, etc.

        Enjoying your blog!

  3. Maria
    Maria 7 March, 2013 at 12:48 pm |

    Just remembered reading awhile back about Will Allen, Milwaukee’s urban farmer. Check him out.

  4. Susan Herman
    Susan Herman 8 March, 2013 at 12:30 pm |

    Will do!

  5. pastorbruceray
    pastorbruceray 12 March, 2013 at 5:07 pm |

    Susan, I’ve had the same struggle toward “foodies” while we’ve done our own version of the SNAP Challenge. They tend to be food snobs without social conscience. I think foodies could use their power to advocate for making good food affordable. I was shocked to learn that less than 1% of government subsidies go to produce farmers. If we just shifted 5% of the subsidies from corn and soybeans to produce, we would see fruits and vegetables become more affordable. The US Farm Bill is still in committee–a great time to contact our representatives and senators.

    1. Susan Herman
      Susan Herman 13 March, 2013 at 7:15 am |

      Yes! So much $$ poured into processing corn & soy…why not redirect some of that toward the fruit harvesting and transport process? Thanks Pastor Bruce Ray.

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