Wednesday Reads: Pre-ThanksgivingsPosted: November 27, 2019
I just get a kick out of that vintage comic…
It’s almost here, Turkey 🦃 Day!
This Thanksgiving let’s take some time to think about food scarcity.
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From California to New Mexico to Maine, Native Americans are growing what they eat, more and more. Climate change makes these efforts especially urgent. Homegrown fruits and veggies are good for health and a bulwark against a climate-uncertain future. Before Europeans arrived in North America, Native American cuisine varied greatly from location to location. Some people relied on the abundance of the Pacific coast: elk and deer, salmon and smelt, berries and acorns. But as Native Americans were violently displaced by Colonizers, many of those food traditions were lost.
One in four Native Americans, for example, are faced with food insecurity – uncertain access to enough sufficient, affordable food to get the actual nourishment they need.
At least 60 reservations in the United States grapple with food insecurity.
The condition is common in what are referred to as Food apartheid which is a relentless social construct that devalues human beings and assumes that people are unworthy of having access to nutritious food. Some call them “food deserts” – rural or urban areas that are vapid of fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy whole foods. These food deserts offer more convenience stores and fast-food restaurants than supermarkets and grocery stores – thus contributing to communities of people with poor diets and higher levels of obesity and diet-related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Food deserts are prevalent on many American Indian reservations. This is coupled with the reality of Native Americans enduring one of the highest rates of poverty in the U.S.. Households of Native American families are 400 percent more likely than other U.S.. These communities are ‘everything deserts,’ we have limited health care. We don’t have transportation and infrastructure. We don’t have basic things that every other community typically has. Low-income individuals get priced out of high-quality health foods. After all, $50 worth of boxed meals and frozen dinners can often last a family longer than $50 worth of fresh vegetables and lean meats.
Local gardens are a budding solution to the food insecurity that plagues indigenous communities.
And just a few Tweets:
Last night on The Last Word, Katy Tur showed this graphic:
Now… take a look at that 33% of jackasses who supported impeachment for Obama, ya think it is the same 33% bigoted orange fuckwad tRump backing base dickheads? I say, fuck yeah!
I will leave it there with a little Dolly…
This is an open thread.