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  •  NYC tried veggie carts. (4+ / 0-)

    But no one bought anything.

    •  So sad. (3+ / 0-)

      I lived out of the veggie stall outside the tube station in Earls Court for six months or so. A lot of other Londoners seemed to as well.
      What is it with Americans and vegetables? I went to a vegan restaurant with my son once and vegetables weren't even on the menu!

      "We are monkeys with money and guns". Tom Waits

      by northsylvania on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 03:58:46 AM PST

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    •  I'd like to expand upon this. Ever see a NYC (0+ / 0-)

      veggie cart? Where they were located, what produce was offered, how the produce looked and was presented? If food stamps (now electronic) could be accepted? How were these carts integrated into the community?

      "No one bought anything" speaks to your level of knowledge of this issue.

      There was a fundamental shift in the eating behavior across America during the 70-80s. Fast food took over as the main source of sustenance in many low income communities and many middle income households as well. In low income African American neighborhoods in NYC, the presence of farmers markets was greeted with enthusiasm by older residents and fairly neglected by younger ones. Who cooked anymore? (As importantly, who knew HOW to cook anymore?) Everything was MickyD.

      The very good news is that is changing faster than would be anticipated by what you see on TV in terms of food choices. Ever see a commercial for fresh produce???

      Just because you provide it, "they might not come", but providing it is a critical part of the change.

      Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. -Martin Luther

      by the fan man on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 04:59:30 AM PST

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      •  Thankfully, my daughter enjoys cooking more than I (0+ / 0-)

        so she eats healthier & has her husband liking veggies when he never did before.

        For some cultures, veggies are what poor people have to eat because they grow their own, not having cash money to buy cooked foods. My MIL was like that from an essentially Slavic family culture, even tho she was born & raised in the Santa Clara area of CA where you can grow wonderful everything.
        To her, if you could afford steak & butter, you ate steak & butter.

        Something that doesn't make good sense, makes bad sense. That means someone is being deliberately hurtful & selfish. Look for motives behind actions & words.

        by CA wildwoman on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 04:35:22 PM PST

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