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  •  Read this... (3+ / 0-)
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    Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter - MLK,Jr.

    by Embee on Fri May 14, 2010 at 07:14:15 AM PDT

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    •  I grew up in Chicago.. this is BS (1+ / 0-)
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      They call a "desert" an area where there are no major chains.  But there are literally hundreds of good smaller grocers in nearly every neighborhood.

      Any neighborhood that has even a small latino population has really good small stores with lots of healthy produce.

      Additionally, if you lived in Chicago you would know that no one in this city lives further than 4 blocks from a bus stop.  Every major street has bus lines.

      Pick any one of those "deserts" in that article and I will demonstrate how wrong they are.

      Food "imbalances" are caused by lazy parents, not access to healthy food.

      "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." - G. Marx

      by Skeptical Bastard on Fri May 14, 2010 at 07:27:20 AM PDT

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      •  Have you been to Chicago lately? (5+ / 0-)

        And did you grow up in the areas highlighted in that document?  My daughter lived in Pilsen for a while.  There were a couple of bodegas, but far from "lots of healthy produce".  She was fortunate to have a car to get to the Dominick's more than a mile away.

        You know more than the people who studied this issue?  Really?  However do you get your huge head through doorways?!?!?

        Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter - MLK,Jr.

        by Embee on Fri May 14, 2010 at 07:30:38 AM PDT

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        •  Oh, and I do live in Chicago. (nt) (3+ / 0-)
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          Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter - MLK,Jr.

          by Embee on Fri May 14, 2010 at 07:32:41 AM PDT

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          •  Big part of the problem (3+ / 0-)
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            is the "affordable" issue. For ex.-peaches canned in sugary syrup are cheaper per # than fresh. Organic chicken (without those hormones that may be involved in obesity and other problems) is more expensive. Organic milk is more expensive.

            Let tyrants fear.-Queen Elizabeth I

            by Virginia mom on Fri May 14, 2010 at 07:53:14 AM PDT

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            •  Non-organic chicken (2+ / 0-)
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              desmoinesdem, in the Trees

              made at home is till way better than Kentucky Fried Chicken.

              Let's not lose sight of the problem here.

              Fresh meats and produce are still much more healthy than fast foods.

              "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." - G. Marx

              by Skeptical Bastard on Fri May 14, 2010 at 08:00:16 AM PDT

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              •  They Will Not Give You an Address to Check... (3+ / 0-)

                because the people that are complaining about a food desert will not walk a mile for healthy food.  They still make shopping baskets on wheels that you can pull behind you.  But people don't wan't to walk anymore.

                Many of the people here on DKos get plenty of exercise riding bikes to work, walking to the store, etc.  But they don't expect others to do the same.

                •  yes, it is almost comical (1+ / 0-)
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                  the excuses people will make and the length they will go to blame the government for something as simple as buying healthy food for your children.

                  almost comical.. too bad it is more tragic than anything.

                  "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." - G. Marx

                  by Skeptical Bastard on Fri May 14, 2010 at 11:05:16 AM PDT

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          •  I used to hang out in Pilsen (1+ / 0-)
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            It's been quite a few years, but I do know that Latinos that make up the bulk of the people in that area would not live there without good produce.

            Here's just one.. Google is your friend.

            La Case Del Pueblo Grocery

            This is a great, and i mean great, alternative to the usual grocery stores.

            The produce is great [and isn't already overripe] and inexpensive, plus if you go on Mondays you can get the stuff that is ripe for just over $1 for a huge package of it.

            There's a wide selection of meats [especially chorizo but also most anything else you can think of], Mexican cheeses, and a ton of really unique foods at reasonable prices. I wouldn't buy milk here [Aldi is cheaper] or paper goods, but otherwise it's quite reasonable.

            The employees really seem to care about this store, and it's always friendly and I've never felt unsafe or out of place. Plus, sometimes the Tamale Lady is out front and sells her amazing tamales for $1 :)

            "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." - G. Marx

            by Skeptical Bastard on Fri May 14, 2010 at 07:58:49 AM PDT

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