Millions In Food Poverty This Thanksgiving

Ian R Thorpe By Ian R Thorpe, 30th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2ce-pyii/
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A brief polemic about the political incompetence and commercial malfeasance that sees many families around the world struggling to put food on the table as America celebrates its Thanksgiving holiday, which ironically has its origins in the relief of food poverty.

So Why Are So Many Families Facing Food Poverty


Picture source: Public domain clipart from abbotsford today:

We hear a lot about food stamps allocations in the USA being cut and the hardship this is causing to many families. I am writing this over the weekend of America's main holiday, Thanksgiving, and throughout the past few days have read numerous emotionally moving stories of families that were until recently prosperous that are now struggling to put an adequate meal on the table this weekend, let alone the traditional Thanksgiving roast turkey feast.

It is not simply an American problem, all over Europe families are experiencing financial difficulty, in the southern nations, Spain, Italy,Portugal and Greece, conditions are dire, with unemployment hovering around twenty per cent. This is due partly to the economic malaise but mostly to the single currency, The Euro, which ties the economies of these largely agricultural and tourism based economies to the German industrial powerhouse.

Even in Britain, outside the single currency system and according to official statistics outperforming the Eurozone nations and the USA economically, an embarrassingly high proportion of people are reliant on food banks because their income is not adequate to cover basic needs.

According to a survey conducted by food bank charity the Trussell Trust, store giant Tesco and food redistribution charity FareShare,Over twenty five per cent of adults in Britain experienced food poverty some time during the last 12 months 27 and said they were finding it harder to feed their family than at the same time last year. The survey, also reported that 37 percent of British families admitted they will have to choose between turning on the heating or eating nourishing food this winter.

All the world needs to pull together on this. We are being deliberately impoverished by economic policies that only benefit the banks and big business. Printing money to finance the debt driven economy is devaluation by stealth. The Central Banks can manipulate statistics to disguise the true inflation level but food, heath and clothing are becoming unaffordable to many families on average incomes. What can we do to give not just American's but all of us, plenty to be thankful for this time next year?

Where there are elections we must vote out the old order. Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, Labour, Liberals, Social Democrats, Christian Democrats, Socialists, Nationalists, they have all betrayed their principles and sold out to finance and corporate interests. They want out votes but when elected they serve not the voters but our enemies. Let's get rid of them.

And where there are no elections we should minimise our tax contribution. Cut down as much as possible on goods that carry the highest sales taxes. Make things last longer, if it ain't broke don't fix it. And certainly don't replace it because only people who have the latest version of a gadget are “kewl”.

We can take the world back and when we do, many of us will be surprised to rediscover just how much there is in it to be thankful for, whether we are American or not.

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author avatar Ian R Thorpe
Born Manchester UK, 1948. varied early career from clerk via construction site worker and street trader to I T consultant. Performance poet, broadcaster, fiction writer and essayist on many topics.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
1st Dec 2013 (#)

It's hard to figure... WalMart is collecting donations for their employees in poverty -- are they impoverished because they work at Wal-Mart? Cause, Corollary, or Coincidence?

Something like 14,000 turkeys were donated during one food-raiser in our area, and many many charitable organizations, churches, and the like held similar food drives and provided food baskets to those in need. But it's the same families and the children of those families nearly every year. The hand outs don't seem to be providing a hand up. Is the donor responsible? The recipient?

I don't consider myself wealthy by any stretch until I think about people who don't have homes or food. I know there are people in need -- that there will always be poor. I know that there are those who abuse the system, and those who take the very little they have and give it to those they think have even less.

Even if the 1% didn't share what they had, one would think that the efforts of the 99% would be more than enough.

I wish I had the knowledge, resources, etc, to sort out the crisis.

Sorry I don't have any answers for you -- it's just a rough situation all around.

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author avatar Ian R Thorpe
1st Dec 2013 (#)

You want answers Phyl .... I was going to get around to them in the New Year, an old idea but it could work very well.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
7th Dec 2013 (#)

Good -- looking forward to it.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
7th Dec 2013 (#)

Very nice psot Ian and a way of raising our voice, instead of making wasr and spending monies in projects abroad, we should do it on our own backyard and assit those families homeless and hungry with a nice place to call home as well assitance of food and get tehm a trade. Nice one my friend

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