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  •  Thanks ! (8+ / 0-)

    I shop at Publix here in FL but haven't seen this.  Not unusual, I tend to be a bit of an air-head when I shop..just get in, get what you need, get out kind of thing. But if I don't see it, I'll ask.  

    This is one of the things that makes my brain scream 'WTF IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY??'.  How does a country like ours have anyone..ANYONE go hungry, or homeless, or having to choose between life-saving medicine and paying their bills.  All this while bailing out banks and funding wars in the billions.

    One of my favorite quotes is:

    "When shall it be said in any country of the world, my poor are happy, neither ignorance or distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes not oppressive; the rational world is my friend because I am friend of its happiness. When these things can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and government ." - Thomas Paine

    •  Part of the problem is that people (3+ / 0-)
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      no longer know how to process and prepare food to make it edible and nutritious.  Even the ability to estimate how much is needed is being lost.  So, many people who do cook prepare too much and it gets spoiled.

      I was once a volunteer home-maker for one day a week in a household where the 18 year old grand-daughter always had a pot half-full of rice on the stove, where it had been sitting so long it was all dried out or moldy.  Her grandmother, who presumably knew how to cook, was no help because, having had most of both legs cut off to prevent the spread of gangrene, she was bed-ridden and couldn't help in the kitchen.

      How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

      by hannah on Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 04:11:13 AM PST

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      •  We throw away 1/3 of our food.... (5+ / 0-)

        The last statistic I saw is that we Americans throw away 1/3 of the food we buy, both individually and institutionally.  That is truly pathetic.  For the institutions - restaurants, business cafeterias, etc. - it's often a health regulation issue.  But for we ordinary citizens, it's bad budgeting, bad food prep and storage, and sometimes just a stubborn refusal to eat leftovers.

        Here at Casa Crissie, we try not to throw away any food.  Vegetable peelings get sorted and frozen for use in stock, as to meat bones and other such.  I try to cook and serve by portions, because Herself and Springoff the Fifth are vegetarians while the rest of us (especially Springoff the Fourth) are omnivores.  So that means a vegetarian entree along with a meat entree at most meals, and surprisingly it's easier to estimate portions that way.  We try to eat leftovers the next day for lunch, and once a week or so it'll be "grazing day" where I announce that I'm not cooking and leftovers need to be eaten before they turn into back-of-the-fridge "science projects."

        Doing all of that has cut our grocery bill by about half, but I think of it as leaving more food at the grocery for other people.

        •  Let me add: there are stupid rules out there (2+ / 0-)
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          that waste even more food. I was in yesterday to my local butcher/locker, picking up the end product of the naturally-raised, pastured hog I bought from a friend.

          Curious--because I still had some left-over pork in my freezer from the previous pig (this new piggie came to market too soon) and was thinking I'd see if the Soup Kitchen in a nearby city wanted it--I asked my friend the Butcher if he ever donates his surplus.  

          He looked a little peeved. "We used to take lots of good meat to the Gospel Mission.  But regulations were changed in the state, and now just because we're not an FDA-inspected processor (which means little when one is dealing with a neighborhood butcher who knows his customers, processes specific animals indivicually, ONE at a time. His food is far cleaner and safer, and the animals are treated far more humanely, than ANY big processor in the region.  Trust me! I've read the articles and seen the exposes. Yuck.)...Well, we can't give our food away. See that label, 'not for resale'?  For some reason, we can't GIVE meat away any more, either."

           What stupidity. His food is safe for his customers to eat.  We all trust him to prepare vast quantities of beef, pork, chicken, for our individual freezers, and yet the man can NOT give food to the hungry.

      •  This is a real problem. Now, it's no one's fault (2+ / 0-)
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        but it causes harm.  I know how to cook...from scratch. I know how to shop for basic items and turn them into "food." <g>

        So, when my family of four was on food stamps we didn't find ourselves too terribly stressed, as I knew how to buy the raw ingredients and turn them into good meals. Had I tried to spend the same amount of money on convenience foods, packaged mixes, more familiar cuts of meat, etc., we would have run out of food each month.

        Instead, we ate fairly well (if a bit boringly).  Such education ought to be freely offered to, and easily obtained by, all food stamp recipients.

    •  I don't recall hearing that Paine quote before, (3+ / 0-)
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      thanks for sharing.  What a great view of the possible.
      I was just thinking last night that I hope Obama's presidency can help the country again develop community with all of it's possibilities.

      We never know the worth of water `til the well is dry. Thomas Fuller 1732

      by Amber6541 on Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 07:55:24 AM PST

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