. . .I would like to convey thanks for all the good things, etc. But since it is a time for feasting, I beg you, gods, to enlighten our government and media overlords regarding this obesity epidemic thing. Obesity is for the most part actually a symptom of malnutrition. Americans are not avoiding those legendary fruits and vegetables out of perversity. They can’t afford them.
Fruits and vegetables – unlike sugar and corn – are not subsidized by the government and organic farmers are rarely able to take advantage of the farm subsidies available to agribusiness. Soda and corn-syrup laced, artificially-flavored ‘fruit’ drinks are much cheaper than milk or real fruit juice.
It’s not rocket science. As more and more families slip below the poverty line, the quality of their food declines and so does their health, both mental and physical.
And much as I love the participants, I’ll pass on any more photo ops in the First organic garden, adrift in its emerald sea. Millions of Americans have no lawns to dig up, no professional staff to create and maintain a garden and – no surprise here – quality plants and organic seed are expensive. Usually you have to send away for them.
The truth is that we don’t so much have an epidemic of obesity as we have an epidemic of poverty. This is not a view that the mainstream media is likely to embrace. We are, after all, Americans, masters of our own fates.
Happy t-day to all. Back on Friday.