Food stamps and the culture of garbage

My blogging buddy, Paul Wynn, over at mostlygrocery.com, posted an article yesterday entitled Fine Dining…on Food Stamps. He relates how a customer in his checkout line rolled up with a cart brimming with items, including king crab, Asian pears and organic juices, and proceeded to pay with his government assistance card!

The customer was basically a symbol of that popular gripe about welfare and food stamps that most people share, the one thing that makes everyone sound like right wing reactionaries. Me included.

Actually, I have a right wing and a left wing gripe….2 gripes for the price of one. It’s your lucky day!

1) The obvious one…how on earth are people able to reach deep within their soul and find…nothing? How can they take a gift, governmental charity, and abuse it? How can people rationalize slinging around handouts like Donald Trump would wipe his ass with ten-dollar bills? Can’t the government restrict what food stamps are able to buy? Food stamps should buy the necessities for survival. But King crab? What’s wrong with cans of tuna…Asian pears? Got something against Bartlett’s, bastard?? I can hear some of these people: “It’s my money!” Uh huh. It’s obvious your attitude about money is the reason you’re getting food stamps in the first place.

2) One of the items Paul’s customer brought to the checkout was organic juice. Which easily costs more than your normal everyday Hawaiian SugarPunch. How is it the food manufacturers are allowed to dump their anti-nutritional garbage on the consumer? Or rather, how is it they are allowed to dump it for cheap while those seeking to eat clean and healthy have to pay an arm and a leg for their food? For instance, I choose to drink organic milk…the pesticides and hormones they pump into cows (by food manufacturers, no less) have turned beef and milk toxic. So I buy either the store brand or Horizon…a half gallon carton of organic milk runs about $3.50-$4.50. That’s ridiculous, especially considering how much a normal polluted half gallon of milk costs.

If you’re interested in the subject, check this book out from the library or buy a used copy. It’s an eye-opener. The Omnivore’s Dilemma.