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  •  I do see your point about bad food (9+ / 0-)

    I do.  

    I'm an adult, and happen to be a freak male with no prostate to worry about and my pancreas kicks ass - I have to have a lot of blood work because of the kinds of medication I'm on.  My doctor doesn't begrudge me my DP because it makes me feel human and is not consumed in quantities that have any notable effects on my body.  It does have a very positive effect on my ability to cope with the pills and the crazy and the grinding, shuddering horror of being mentally ill and poor as a result of illnesses I can't control.

    And these genes end here - I'm not subjecting a child to a mentally ill parent and the risk of an adulthood like my own.  There aren't enough safetynets in the world to make it okay for me to procreate - it's just not responsible.

    I would LOVE to be able to afford the kinds of foods I like to cook for other people - to teach kids and adults how to enjoy cooking, shopping, preparing food - the basis of my desire to have a second career as a chef was a mum who loves to cook and is VERY health conscious about it - a diabetic younger brother will do that.  I didn't know until I was older that other people's mums didn't know how to cook or teach them - my brother is a damn fine cook as well.

    But our society isn't geared toward making America or anywhere else a better place right now.  We pay farmers not to grow.  We subsidize shit and call it good eats.  We export murder, hate and obesity with a heaping side dish of shallow.  And it hurts me to see that this is the legacy of America.  But it's the truth.

    And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

    by Mortifyd on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 09:17:00 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah, I get you. (4+ / 0-)

      The agribusiness/food industry does not (with very few exceptions) care about health, but only profit. Its well-compensated politicians do what they need to ensure that this occurs every single quarter, fiscal year after fiscal year.

      I honestly wish there were a way that for adults like you, that we could give you your allocation in cash. Pay your electric bill. Put gas in your car. Go to your local farmers market. Buy a nice bottle of wine.  Whatever you want to do with the money, do it.

      But I follow very closely the health, hunger and education trends of America's children. Hunger is an issue I care very deeply about, and kids get hit really hard. Even when they eat calories, they're often malnourished, which affects their educations, which affects their whole lives.

      I think you and I agree.

      There should be a way that we could do both. It seems, though, like we can barely do the one program well though.  Where I live isn't so incredibly far from the region with some of the highest food scarcity in the country. Not Mississippi, not Alabama, not Lousiana, but the Central Valley of California, where over  25% of citizens    say they don't have enough money to buy food -- yup right in farmland of progressive California, who creates almost $15 billion dollars more in agricultural products than any other state.

      Things are so just terribly wrong. But yes, a guy should be able to have a diet Pepsi (even if it is inferior to Diet Coke) whenever he wants.

      /former diet coke addict.

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 10:05:01 PM PDT

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