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  • Reply to: Wisconsin Bill Would Treat Organic Milk, Sharp Cheddar, Brown Eggs as "Junk Food"   2 years 12 months ago
    This is clearly a bid by major corporations to squelch small organic farmers in favor of their pesticide-laden, GMO crap. When I was on food stamps I did see people who abused it. A woman ahead of me in line once bought 20 cans of baked beans and gobs of candy. I don't know how she was still alive eating like that. Meanwhile I was buying seeds so I could grow my own food, organic milk, organic fruits and vegetables, and trying to stay healthy on a shoestring. I bought at Trader Joes a bit and they never made me feel bad. I bought ice cream a few times and some salads kits when I was out and about for lunch. There are some people who really should be making wiser choices about what thy eat. An educational program would be helpful for many, but I'm guessing that would be sponsored by corporate farming conglomerates and companies like Nestle who convinced women that formula was better than brat milk for their babies. It was the future made possible by science! Many people are on Food Stamps because they have other disabilities and not just that they are lazy. I'd like to challenge any of you to try to live on the meager $200 a month they give you for food as a single person with a maximum benefit. Unless you are buying staple foods and making everything from scratch it can barely be done. Who cooks from scratch anymore? Any of you? I didn't think so. Many stores used to have a few aisles of staples 50 years ago, now you can barely find that.
  • Reply to: Trade Group Offers Free Sewage Sludge "Compost" to Community Gardens in "Million Tomato Campaign" for Food Banks   2 years 12 months ago
    This is a fabulous piece of work from the Michael Crichton school of journalism: mix in some incontrovertible facts and weave in some plausible theory, all designed to suspend disbelief in the reader. Of course this type of story is always better if you disregard inconvenient truths: the overwhelming number of USCC members do not handle sewage sludge and are working every day to provide sustainable options for society; Kellogg Garden Supply does not use sewage sludge in their products; using compost in community gardens, particularly in urban "food deserts" across the country will help promote healthy eating that may even save or extend lives. The whole premise this hit piece lies in the potential for sewage sludge to alledgedly contain a host of chemical contaminants. It would better support the author's cause to provide links to actual studies showing that these substances are actually present in the compost products, instead of other spurious articles. Maybe this Sally Brown is right.
  • Reply to: ALEC's Latest "Transparency" Move: Asserting Immunity From Freedom of Information Laws   2 years 12 months ago
    It would be great to be able to access a detailed list of the sponsors, donors, and mentors of the ALEC network. It might make a difference in people deciding with whom they will do business. It did for us.
  • Reply to: Wisconsin Bill Would Treat Organic Milk, Sharp Cheddar, Brown Eggs as "Junk Food"   2 years 12 months ago
    I see this bill as an assault on poor people, another way to scapegoat and punish them for being poor. People cannot sustain health with the kind of restrictions this bill imposes. Why should poor people tolerate having a small group of legislators dictate what their families can eat? This is un- American. Should we tell the governor and legislators what they can buy with their state paid salaries? Should we base it on job performance too? They seem to think that different standards apply to different economic brackets, when the FACT is, we are ALL dependent on the state and each other for our livelihoods.
  • Reply to: Wisconsin Bill Would Treat Organic Milk, Sharp Cheddar, Brown Eggs as "Junk Food"   2 years 12 months ago
    A consumer with food stamps who chooses to pay more for the organic milk doesn't consequently get a larger allotment of food stamps. Maybe he decides to buy bulk dry beans instead of canned beans to save money elsewhere. But under this bill, he couldn't buy either one, at least with the majority of his benefit allotment. The point is, for those who value consumer choice, why should someone with less money, who needs a little assistance, not also be allowed to make rational, considered choices just like everyone else?