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Hunger Games or Hunger Reality

April 13, 2012

When most Americans sit down to eat, I’d venture most don’t think about where it comes from. Many don’t say grace, or give a thought to those who grew, processed and sometimes prepared the food we eat.

And yet most see the headlines and are quick to condemn another chicken farm. There are “go vegan” slogans and public vows to buy direct from farmers. If as many people bought direct as say they buy direct, then perhaps it would be an impact. As it is, recent charge, conviction and sentencing in the media makes your choices for you. Is that really what you want?

There is a movie that gets far more talk than it probably deserves (I haven’t seen it so save the reviews) – Hunger Games. We find that entertainment, the topic of books and movies, but not reality. What if it was? How many have ever truly been hungry? I’m not talking between the three meals a day. I’m talking about 3-4 days without eating because you don’t have the funds, won’t steal and no one will help. I’m talking begging churches for assistance and being turned away? I’m glad I don’t go to those churches!

For many the economy is tight and we buy what we can afford to buy. The recent assault on the processor of lean beef trimmings – aka ‘pink slime’ – resulting in hundreds of people losing their jobs, and now a bankruptcy filing. People cheer “one down!”  while others are upset that media, not direct market demand, altered the course. Still others are upset that their market is on short supply of ground burger because of it.

The Humane Society of the United States, meanwhile, trots out another ‘cruelty’ video that shows a totally different picture of a targeted farm than the farm’s own cameras show. The last one resulted in McDonald’s switching suppliers due to media attention, rather than buying the cage free eggs at the supplier they already had, or buying those eggs before it landed them in the spotlight.

The dots are being connected – no large operation is “good enough” to feed everyone, and the smaller operations can’t do it. For every person who says keep some hens out back there’s someone else saying they bought homes in town to not have chickens around. Small farms not only aren’t getting enough business to pick up the slack but can’t fill the need of all, especially at the price wanted.

Many not only don’t want to pay $4-5 per dozen for eggs but don’t want to drive to the country to get them. If a company with live cameras in several areas is “hiding the truth” then what exactly do you believe – what you can see with your own eyes, or not because if you believe all farms are torture chambers then I suppose giving up eating is in your future.

Food choices are awesome. Each individual has them. There are, more than any time before, opportunities to know where and how your food is produced but each individual must be interested enough to find out. Each must CHOOSE and that may mean changing habits also.

It’s not a game or a movie – hunger is real and after 3, 4 or 5 days it’s not a joke. Choose. But don’t eliminate choice for others.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2012 1:50 PM

    Very true…..and while I am trying with my WVFarm2u blog know that healthy food IS available, there is a lot that needs to be done before many people make some changes. Accessibility is one. But education is the other. It is amazing how many people do not know nor care to learn to cook. They are dependent on the amazing selection of frozen meal available. But many people simply hit the fast food as an easy and what they believe inexpensive way….but not consider what a diet like that costs over time in health issues. It VERY involved. Because major corporations with political pull are involved, publicity is perhaps the only way to open the door and shed light.

    • April 25, 2012 3:45 PM

      One step at a time makes it hard to run doesn’t it? Yes the challenges are many…and yes corporations have more funds to spend advertising. However, we smaller places provide service. Thankful for food choices.

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