Previously published in The Socialist online. www.thesocialist.us
I remember a college Republican advisory of mine once said that he
didn’t believe there were starving kids in America because, at a school
where he worked, he saw children throwing away food. Our individual
experiences don’t always paint the complete reality. There may not be
children “starving” in America like they are starving in third-world
countries. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t go hungry.
Many are getting less food than they need — often being forced to
skip meals. And even more often, most people are eating “food” that is
processed (filled with added sugar, salt and fat and/or stripped of
nutrients); laced with pesticides; genetically modified; filled with
hormones and chemicals; and/or factory farmed. Most Americans have
little clue how unhealthy their food is.
Poor people often struggle to find healthy food, such as fresh fruits
and vegetables, as they live in food deserts —where it’s more common to
find a corner liquor store than a grocery store. Most poor people can’t
afford organic food, even if they can find it. In addition, many food
pantries offer boxed and canned food, which is highly processed. This
leads to many disproportionate health consequences for poor people.
Meanwhile, every day in America grocery stores throw away food,
simply because it perishes from people not buying it. What kind of
society lets people go hungry and throws away food simply because people
can’t afford to pay for it?
Some people who struggle to afford food are on food stamps. However,
recently the American congress has cut the food stamps program. This
makes little sense. Look at this video to see just how important food
A socialist America would ensure that all people were fed with
healthy organic foods regardless of their income. A socialist America
would ensure access to healthy food for everyone. A socialist America
would do away with factory farms, harmful pesticides, injecting hormones
and chemicals into our food, stripping our food of nutrients, and
pumping them with added ingredients that threaten our health. A
socialist America would help every American grow locally sourced food.
We must ask ourselves why do we continue to invest in capitalist
America’s failing food system, when we can savor a sustainable socialist
food system instead? Food shouldn’t be about making money for the few,
at the expense of the whole.