My belief: Authorities, it may have its own teething problems but, begin with transparency different stages , then explore your options and hence make options become available to all of us affected. We need to truly discover the what before we expend our energies. And by Authorities, I mean the guys at the lower levels of Authority, make a push, you're a consumer too.
Authority help in enabling farmers to find more cost-effective methods to farm organic produce may be another starting point too. Helping them to get started couldn't hurt either. A bigger picture - isn't that why we leave our funds with government. Perhaps transparency and answerability with severe criminal liability of where our funds are going to may be the ultimate origin point of solution.
We need new laws governing government, prior futile attempts to push them toward proper actions on behalf of societies continuing to advance on relationships built on distrust, which seems to be what everything is always about. All of us, we're not children. I agree that high quality food, whether organic or not, should be available to folks of all income levels. However, I do not think that the higher prices of organic foods is to be blamed in any way. We have grown accustomed to incredibly cheap prices and low quality.
The production and distribution costs of organic and sustainably grown foods are simply much higher at this moment in time because the industry has yet to streamline and create as many efficiencies to bring down costs. I wouldn't blame people who are interested in food for price hikes in organic foods. Without a market for these products they wouldn't exist and we wouldn't even be having this conversation. How we make this food accessible to folks with low incomes is a difficult question. Margins for most farmers are very tight because the produce market is incredibly competitive and thus prices are pushed extremely low.
You have to have a pretty sizable operation or sophisticated operation to be making any money at that price. I strongly believe that the only way for prices for organic foods to come down is for demand to continue to grow. As the market grows the sophistication of operations and fierce competition between producers will create a market that is friendlier to low-income people.
And, that we are living in a time when jobs are so competitive that workers can be easily exploited. And, this is just one of a number of exemptions specifically tailored for farms that make being a farm worker an undesirable occupation. Tackling poverty and income inequality is incredibly important. However, I do not believe that attacking consumers of organic foods is the way approach the issue of food justice and access in America. If keeping produce cheap is the highest priority, then we should all be supporting Wal-Mart, which offers extremely affordable and surprisingly high quality!
We should also be fond of the tiny wages paid to farm laborers, and the hair-thin margins on which most farms operate. But I think it's pretty clear that's the wrong approach. If farms were economically stable, and farm laborers and retail workers were paid a living wage, then kale might cost even more.
But I doubt the price would grow in proportion to the benefits to the working class. So yeah, the issue is poverty, not food prices. As the previous post pointed out, we have some of the cheapest food in the industrialized world. We need to get over our cheap fetish, not our food fetishes. Wait, are those figures supposed to be gross or net?
And is that individual income or family? The food prices in the info graphic are not adjusted for inflation, so they are totally misleading.
The CPI was That's a A far simpler explanation is the increase is that energy costs have increased. The reasons for that are complicated and hard to discern, but it is probably unrelated to food.
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So yes, certain hip items have gotten more expensive. And yes, organic food more expensive than conventional food. Eating organic is significantly better for the environment, but there are probably no benefits in terms of nutrition or safety to the customer. The organic-conventional price gap is irrelevant to the problem of overall food affordability. Lack of access to organic food as a political issue might appeal to overprivileged lefties who shop at farmers markets, but it is not a serious issue of economic justice. Conveniently left out Asian women on your line graph there.
Why is it that people forget we exist whenever anyone talks about race and poverty? It's because--when factoring in for statistics about things like poverty, prison, etc. As if none of us have ever had a c-section before. Now, that isn't to say that it's because there is no Asian presence in things like public health, poverty, prisons, etc. There is. Reinforcing this stereotype risks making outcomes negative for Asians in these positions, and only serves to degrade other Americans of color.
They aren't even in these poverty statistics! A year or two ago, I read a similar article about quinoa. It seems that for the indigenous Andean peoples, quinoa is their primary source of calories because it has historically been relatively cheap and easily grown in Andean regions. But with its rising popularity, the price has gotten so high that these same indigenous peoples can no longer afford it -- most of the Andean crop gets sent to other places.
Thus, the folks who have lived on quinoa for centuries millennia, in some cases are serious trouble because THEIR food has become a fad for comparatively rich North Americans. I was honestly thinking the same thing. It pains me to to see someone pull "economical statistics" and talk about "wage inflation" but not use them correctly especially to solidify your points. As a few others have said, it's a simple supply and demand model and a low supply puts upwards pressure on prices.
Also as someone so thoughtfully pointed out, if you remember to adjust your numbers and in terms of dollars and dollars you'll see relatively small changes. Now, yes it is unfortunate that low income people cannot afford food. And you know what instead of even making minimum wage higher I would also not compare farming to a retail job, as I think someone did..
Namely our public school system. The government needs a serious reform of public education policy in the United States The best way to help low income communities is the upward mobility that education provides, but I digress. All of these groups and the persons in them are working to bring good, healthy food to lower-income, inner-city areas. But acknowledging them gets in the way of bashing educated white foodies, which is her real goal. But hey, she got us to not only click on the article, but comment on it, so she wins.
I am not sure marketing is really responsible for increases in the costs of kale and collard greens. I haven't seen much data on that. Especially since so many of our greens are grown in CA, which is in the midst of a huge drought. Midwest growers have attempted to compensate and there have been some advances in extending the growing season here, but our winter this year has been brutal. Kale farmers don't have the same government subsidization and price stabilization as other commodities do. Furthermore, farmers may be subject to more and more onerous regulations from the Food Safety Modernization Act, which will definitely increase produce prices unless the government steps in to financially assist struggling farmers comply.
I would agree organic might have a negative impact if it induces farmers that would otherwise grow more affordable crops of kale and collards to grow premium-priced organic kale and collards. The benefits of organic food, a fairly arbitrary government-set regulatory label, seem to be nebulous as well. The SNAP cuts are definitely a disaster that's going to worsen things for people struggling to make ends meet.
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Or do you just mean that it is more expensive? I'm not sure there's evidence here to show that rising food prices are specifically the result of food trends. I've watched food prices overall climb pretty high across the board, with different foods fluctuating differently. So many things can influence cost- fuel rates, how big or small the crop was that year, fluctuations in local economic factors like property tax and labor law, general inflation. I agree that food trends are obnoxious and helpful only to the mostly white-serving companies that create them, but usually when the price of something I really like for my health goes up, I just buy less of something I need less of.
Like ice cream, or juice, which is a bummer, but it's also not really that big of deal. As far as organic, it's relative expensive to maintain an organic farm, so prices are higher. I personally think there should be tax incentives to farm organically, or it should be subsidized, or something to even out the price. Or pesticides just banned outright.
But yeah I it's more complicated than just 'food appropriation' or whatever. The problem here is not that rich people buy trendy foods. The problem here is that rich people are rich, while other people aren't. This whole article is equivalent to saying that when a new iphone hits the market, poor people can't buy it because it's expensive. Yes, the iphone is a new product, whereas kale has been around for centuries. But kale is a "new product" in the sense that it simply was not in supermarkets before.
So basically corporations come up with a "new" product, start to mass produce it, market it as a luxury, and sell it to rich people for a premium This is really, really different from "traditional" gentrification. As many people or more lived in Brooklyn before it was gentrified. They were just different people, forced out of the housing market in their old home.
But kale was never a mass-market product among the poor--only a tiny number of stores sold it. So do I think it's a travesty that so many people can't feed their families, let alone buy them whatever kind of nutritious or hyped up food they want? Do I think this is occurring because rich people buy kale? Not so much. In the paragraph that begins with, "If wage inflation matched grocery inflation," the author says:. Yet the graph just beneath this paragraph shows that wages have decreased for Hispanic women, whereas nominal wages for black women have increased though not to the extent that wages have for white women.
When a shop gives "free" advice regarding "medical purity" to customers who diet regularly on a blend of mystical fetishism and exotic religious rites, well, it's a marketing phenomena! Think: when in history has an industry been able to mix moralising and oral fetishism so wholly and completely successfully? It's like the syncretic religions of old empires.
And again. Most fossils, plant or animal, are found either in temperate climates or in isolated niches in the tropics, such as deserts or high altitudes, where wind blows away sand and stone to expose ancient remains.
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Other fossils near the Equator lie buried and inaccessible beneath millions of tons of soil and vegetation. He was looking at part of the fossil jawbone of a land animal. Terrestrial vertebrates of that age had never been seen in the tropical latitudes of South America. The jawbone came from a dyrosaur, a very large crocodile-like creature now extinct. The fossil signaled that there were probably other vertebrate discoveries to be made. Wing showed Bloch the display case and started wiggling the lock. The glass broke. It was. Garcia explained he had found the fossil at a mine site known as the Expanded West Pit.
He took the visitors there. A layer of coal had been removed from the surface, leaving a vast expanse of naked mudstone baking in the tropical sun. They were bleached white and shimmering in the heat. The team collected fossils and returned to Gainesville. Over the next few months, U. La Puente is a forbidding, naked surface of soft mudstone cut by gullies leading downslope to a lake filled with runoff and groundwater. The only vegetation is an occasional scraggly bush clinging to the scree. The pit shimmers at temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, while a hot wind blows constantly, with mile-per-hour gusts.
Methane fires belch periodically from the naked cliff face across the lake. Immense trucks can be spotted in the distance, driving loads of coal scooped up after blasting. The mudstone was the paleontological pay dirt. During that expedition, in , the researchers grabbed everything they saw, and everything was big: ribs, vertebrae, parts of a pelvis, a shoulder blade, turtle shells more than five feet across.
They found bits of dyrosaur and turtle everywhere, and other animals as well, but the team could not sort everything immediately. They put what they could in plastic bags, then dug pits and cast the big pieces in plaster of Paris. Walk along with brushes and tweezers and eyes focused on the ground until you find something you want. Put the little bits in plastic bags and label them. Mark the bigger pieces on a GPS device and come back the next day with plaster and a tarp.
Wait too long, and the GPS reading is useless: The rain is a curse, washing everything down the slope, never to be seen again. But the rain is also a blessing, for when it stops, a whole new fossil field lies open for exploration. Many of the remains looked a bit like those from modern animals, only much bigger. Although there are no modern dyrosaurs to compare with the fossils, University of Florida graduate student Alex Hastings described three new species, one of which was between 15 and 22 feet long.
It was smaller but reasonably close in appearance to the fossil. Fresh expeditions visited La Puente to search for more pieces of fossil snake. Eventually the team collected snake vertebrae from 28 different animals. Except, apparently, it was. That was Jason Head, then working at the University of Toronto. They had met in the early s when Bloch was a graduate student at the University of Michigan and Head was an undergraduate.
He held up a vertebra so Head could see it. Was this a snake? They focused on the vertebrae from two different fossil snakes. Both species are common in South America today.
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Boas can be up to 14 feet long and weigh as much as pounds. Anacondas can exceed 20 feet and weigh more than pounds. And even though anacondas are big, these snakes were much bigger. How big? The problem with sizing ancient snakes is that you never have the whole spine in a neatly articulated row. You get individual bones, maybe pairs and occasionally three together.
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