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in an election economy

Today, much of the focus has been on anticipating who will be elected. When we wake up tomorrow morning, who will be president? I’m with you, on the edge of my seat at Q Cafe, with CNN’s election page running in the background. Tonight, I’ll meet up with friends over pizza and watch the pundits try to call it early. In this election, more than any of the others in my voting history, I’m very aware of the issues that will remain for the president-elect to tackle on the morning after. Most concerning to me is the economy, and how it will continue to impact the most vulnerable.

I ran across an article in the New York Times today, asking the question

How much does it really cost to eat a healthy diet?

Economists, health researchers and consumers are struggling to answer that question as food prices rise and the economy slumps. The World Bank says nearly a billion people around the world live on a dollar a day, or even less; in the United States, the daily food-stamp allowance is typically just a few dollars per person, while the average American eats $7 worth of food per day.

Even middle-class people struggle to put healthful food on the table. Studies show that junk foods tend to cost less than fruits, vegetables and other healthful foods, whose prices continue to rise.

This fall a couple in Encinitas, Calif., conducted their own experiment to find out what it was like to live for a month on just a dollar a day for food. Overnight, their diets changed significantly. The budget forced them to give up many store-bought foods and dinners out. Even bread and canned refried beans were too expensive.

Today, I took a look at this blog, detailing the exploits of a couple who tried to eat for $1.00 per day. In the throes of a looming food crisis in our country, what are you doing to contribute? Are you affected? Alan and I are okay, but also had a great conversation last night about watching our food budget, being mindful of not eating out, and looking at ways to give in the upcoming year.

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  1. we’ve been thinking of similar issues lately. it’s amazing how easy it is to lose perspective on things and allow our patterns of capitalistic consumption and consumerism take over even basic things like food and nutrition. we’re thinking of trying the $1/day challenge… maybe for a week. just to see what happens…

    Posted by jack | November 9, 2008, 9:53 pm

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