The “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”
this bullshit fills me with a very specific kind of rage. so, TIME TO DEBUNK!
that meal from mcdonalds takes virtually no time to acquire AND is available almost anywhere.
the second meal? that “salad” is lettuce … with nothing else, not even dressing unless its just olive oil or some milk i guess? gross.
also thats the price of each serving, not an entire loaf of bread, a bottle of olive oil, etc. that stuff adds up which means you have to have a lot of money at one time to buy it all.
that meal probably took an hour and a half to make, which is a long fucking time when you work multiple jobs or are caring for a lot of people or dont have help! seriously, if you are a single parent of three who works, is spending an hour and a half every night preparing a meal a likely option?
same with beans and rice! also, you know whats a fucking bummer? eating beans and rice every night because you are poor. ask any person who has done it and they will tell you (you can start with me).
there is a “nutrition” argument here that lacks a follow up: poor people are more likely to be doing physical labor and need more than 571 calories per meal.
you know who is less likely to know how to bake or prepare a chicken? people without access to the internet, or libraries, or who werent taught how to by their parents because their parents worked all the time. access to healthy foods is a classist issue and classism is cyclical, you fucking morons.
seriously, these sorts of infographics make me want to fucking flip tables. do you know why people don’t eat more fresh fruits and vegetables? because fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, because they take a long time to prepare, because they dont live near a grocery store that has a decent produce section, because they dont have reliable transportation to get groceries to and from the grocery store, because they dont have the energy to plan all of the shit that is involved in making healthy, intentional, filling, balanced meals. basically: poor people get fucked, and then we get BLAMED for being lazy.
eating “healthy”, aka access to fresh fruits and vegetables, is a privilege, first, foremost, always. so fuck you new york times and your ignorant goddamn infographic.
there are SYSTEMATIC REASONS that we do not have equal access to fresh fruits and vegetables. they are very REAL problems. besides, you know, systematic poverty in america, the total mis-distribution of farm subsidies is a perfect place to start. read about that, then either get bent or start working on the actual problem.
That price comparison is from a few years ago. I’d bet the overall cost of the healthy meals has gone up more than that of the junk food in the meantime.
It also depends where you live.
I live in a relative “Bread Basket” So even the poor people have access to fresh food and veg. the thing is, they are STILL Hella expensive here. A whole chicken, is $13. Lettuce? $2.50 2 Litres of milk? $4 bacon? $6/lb
So yeah, all that “Cheap” stuff isn’t “cheap” I could grab a fiver, head down to McD’s and grab a full on meal, with change to spare. I can go to the grocery store and get the same ingredients (Bun, beef, lettuce, tomato, potatoes,) and it would easily cost me… more per serving.
Oh and I live in an area that minimum wage is $10.40/hr.
So yes, people need to check their privilege.
Food desserts are real.
Was watching Forever (awesome show) with my husband, and it was the one where the boxer gets killed. The corner store was LITERALLY the only place for the people in Rainbow Village (it’s a real place in NYC) to get food easily. The Bodega had…canned goods, dried goods, and a couple of brown bananas.
So yeah. take the privilege and check it, hard, like hockey player into the side glass hard.
Last call for anyone interested in joining me and sincerejester at our home in West Rogers Park in Chicago for an all-day Tom-A-Thon, this Saturday, October 25th (Saint Crispin’s Day, appropriately enough).
Food will be provided and we have pretty much every Tom movie possible. We have room for people with long drives to sleep over if needed, or we can pick up/drop off at various CTA or Metra stops.
Hit me up with an ask if you would like to join us and I’ll give you more details!
Damn! I wish I were closer!
Even if I were close by, that’s the day I’ll be playing my Extra Life charity event. :/ http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=92208
"If more girls wanted to be scientists, there would be more female scientists"
*takes a deep breath* WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY THAT ACTIVELY DISCOURAGES FEMALE INTELLIGENCE BY PAINTING IT AS A NON FEMININE TRAIT AND SETS UP MALES TO BE IN POSITIONS OF ACADEMIC SUPERIORITY DESPITE THERE BEING NO CORRELATION BETWEEN GENDER AND ACADEMIC ABILITY thank you for your time
My daughter wants to be a software engineer when she gets into the workforce. What am I doing for it? Set her up for success. created a codeacademy account for her so she can start learning. Encouraging her to keep her grades up so she can be picked up by a great university if she needs to get that piece of paper. Encouraging her to learn to program and code mobile app games so she can make money and head on to college and get that extra tick on her CV to get into the field.
She’s only 11 but I’m doing all that I can to make this dream come true for my daughter. I was actively discouraged from Marine Biology…I’m NOT gonna have that happen to my daughter.
I met this twerking, albino Raven named Pearl today. It is only one of four known albino Ravens in the whole world.
Pearl lives in this woman’s house. The handler has a permit, and the bird is property of the government (like hawks and falcons). She is affiliated with the California Wildlife Center. Every time the handler stopped petting Pearl she started cawing. She really likes affection.
How is it twerking? Dancing, I can see but twerking? becausebirds, stick with dry descriptions of avian creatures because human culture is really lost on you. Either that or get a more diverse team to run this blog to avoid sounding like an idiot.
This is a Spirit Raven, not Albino. Albino means she would have a red iris instead of a blue one. Spirit ravens are considered sacred to the Salish people of Southern Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland of BC and the Puget Sound area of Washington State. They might be considered sacred to other West Coast First Nations, but of all the diverse First Nations of that area, I only have spoken to those of the Salish Nation.
So, just a few more days until I plunk my butt down, ignore everything, including Tumblr, for 24hrs, to raise money for my local Children’s Miracle network hospital, the iwkfoundation
I hope ya’ll can support me? Even if you can’t donate, could you at least reblog so if someone can donate, they see this? It’ll be awesome. I’ll be twitch streaming my entire 24hrs, at http://twitch.tv/mrsalphaone and you’ll get to watch me suck horribly at MechWarrior Online, and grind a bit in ArcheAge.
I hope you all can join me on Saturday, give me support and whatnot. I’ll have my laptop set up so I can see the chat. Since my PC can’t really run my browser and games at the same time :D
So PLEASE Signal boost this. It’s going to a good cause. I’mma miss out on some awesome shipping action for 24hrs.. :/ but…it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make!