Omnivore - Who needs food stamps? Grow your own.

Barack Obama, the compassionate conservative


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  • Michelle renders food stamps unimportant

(Warning: politically themed post. Read with caution.)

In the last few years, I've griped a lot about the blind elitism that pervades much of the sustainable food movement. Yeah, it's compellingly idealistic. Hell, yeah, that organic, local peach is pure oral hedonism and oh-so-healthy.

But here's the thing. Poverty and "food insecurity" have reached all-time highs in the Richest Country in the World. Georgia ranks up there among the top seven with 17.4 percent of our households short of food as of 2011. The number of hungry children is just mind-blowing. Our mortality rate has also skyrocketed.

So, despite Michele Obama's teaming up with Alice Waters to promote grow-your-own veggies in the hood, I think it's safe to say most poor people don't give a fuck if their peach comes from Guatemala or the county next door - much less the red beans and rice they eat daily. Oh wait. Michelle may already know this in her heart of hearts.