Exploring some ideas on FOOD something that we all need. October essay by Emma Furbird Jr., May Day, guest star Sandy Shady, and others too anonymous to mention.
Our next essay in this series will be titled, FOOD a photo and a musical treat. The 3rd in our series will pay homage to the prisoners who are on a hunger strike in California. It will trace the hunger strikes and fasts that have moved us forward in our fight for justice, freedom, and equality.
FOOD BOTH BIG AND SMALL.
Last week we here at Furbirdsqueerly received an e-mail from earth day Network announcing that there was going to be on October 24, 2011 a day called Food Day. From the announcement we learn this:
“Food Day seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life-parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes-to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. We will work with people around the country to create thousands of events in homes, schools, churches, farmers markets, city halls, and state capitals.
Food Day seeks to transform the American diet. It is about time that we all started eating real. Right now there are far too many people eating diets composed of salty, overly processed packaged foods clad in cardboard and plastic; high-calorie sugary drinks that pack on pounds and rot teeth, but have no nutritional benefit; and fast-food meals made of white bread, fatty grain-fed factory-farmed meat and French fries.”
We want to get Americans cooking real food for their families again. We want fewer people at drive-thrus and bigger crowds at farmers’ markets. We want to celebrate fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy whole grains-and to support the local farms and farmers that produce them. Food produced in a sustainable manner helps to keep pesticides and other toxics out of our water and ecosystems. When you buy food locally you also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation of non-local food sources.” (1)
In general terms the food guide pyramid recommends the following intake of different food groups each day
- 6-11 servings of grain a day such as rice, bread, cereals, and pasta;
- 3-5 servings a day of vegetables, especially green, leafy vegetables;
- 2-4 servings of fruits a day;
- 2-3 servings of meat, fish, eggs, nuts, or beans a day;
- 2-3 servings of dairy products including cheese and yogurt every other day;
- occasional use of fats, oils, and sweets.
***For more information see: How much is a serving? from Diet Motion.
“Ho, Ho,” says Emma Furbird Jr. and May Day, “we got something to say.”
All sound well and good if you’re living the middle class life out in a nice little middle class home but we have to ask, what meaning if any does this have for the millions who live in poverty in Americka. Can we afford to do what this food day is asking us to do? I would love to be able to care so much about greenhouse gas emissions and keeping toxics out of our water and ecosystems but we struggle everyday just to put food on the table. I would love to go to the farmer market and buy fresh locally grown vegetables but cannot afford to do it. I would love to even have a real market near my block.”
Now little liberal brat don’t tell me I can not afford not to as my health will deteriorate fast and I may grow an extra set of feet if I eat the fruits and vegetables with pesticides. Gosh I feel so guilty that I can’t afford to be a good liberal americkan and do what you want me to do and bring up my children healthy, and wise so they can be wealthy and buy all the nice produce and cook everything right and eat a good real diet. I would love to cook real food, (whatever that is) again for my family but I have to work two jobs just to pay the rent so we don’t end up out in a cardboard box somewhere. I do cook good let me tell you whenever I can and we don’t get sick much.
Roughly one sixth of Americans live in poverty and roughly one sixth of Americans do not have work.
“I don’t know,” said Emma Furbird Jr., “If I were living in poverty as do so many of the folks in this city would I turn down a bag with a can of Campbell soup, Skippy Peanut Butter, a can of tuna fish, a box of pop tarts, some Frosted Flakes, a loaf of bread, you get my drift?” This is not to say that even if I am living in poverty that I should not be able to get fresh fruit and vegetables but the little bit of food stamps and $ I get has to be stretched and then stretched again. Its hard just to make it through the month on so little. And this has been going on and on for me and many folks that I know. All I can say is God Bless the folks who care enough to donate food to us hungry folks and let it be at that. Sometimes they do have nice vegetables and some fruits that they pass out but you better get there on the day that they do.
So food pantries make a deal with farmers to glean the fields after a harvest. See our notes about Gleaning and fresh produce for the poor. (2)
Gleaning is the ancient, biblically based practice of gathering those portions of the crop left behind after the harvest. (See the book of Ruth for a good example!) The Jewish scriptures taught farmers to allow the poor to glean from their fields as a way of offering support for those who are struggling.
“When you reap your harvest in your field and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, do not go back to get it; let it be for the immigrant, for the orphan, and for the widow, in order that Yahweh your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. (Deut 24:19; cf. Lev 19:9-10; 23:22)”
Food that will grow you 3 eyes, 9 tits, a short foot and maybe make you die a very nasty death.
“Well check this out,” Sandy Shady says, it’s enough to frighten the pants off me. What the hell can we do? I know they must got some of that shit in my food as I gotta take what I can get and that’s that. Now my kids may come out with hair growing out of their mouths and 3 eyes or what ever, probably all die young of cancer. Perhaps it would be better to get a rocket launcher and just launch away. Start some trouble like other places around the world. But be ready for a big fight. The few who are rich are just trying now to control nature and meanwhile kill off the poor with their greed. Always the same. Why the fuck folks don’t get it and stop thinking it’s just a struggle everyday and fight back I don’t know. Why don’t I, well I can’t be the only one to stick my neck out and then get my head bashed in by some mother fucking cop who is just a lackey of the rich and powerful. I would bash them all if I could. Don’t worry come the day when we will be all fed up with the shit and them all at once boom, bang, boom. Its going to hit them right between the eyes.”
“One of the most frightening aspects of the modern food supply is genetic modification. When did the public give their consent to have their food engineered by chemical companies? It has already been found that the genetic modification of food not only affects what consumes it, but also it’s offspring. With 70 percent of the food on the shelves today being genetically modified, this food is changing our DNA. It will affect your children. In what ways, no one knows yet. For further reading, see Genetically Modified Food Will Cause a Global Humanitarian Disaster.”
For the masses, food is becoming a toxic Mcmix with a government label that indicates it has everything you need. (3 )
People Pigs in Americka (4)
Furbird Jr. and May Day were sitting in a little cafe’. ” Now you know Furbird Jr. one of the most disgusting sports that America has is the sport of competitive eating. Piggishness by any other name is still piggishness. Can you imagine it grown fools all stuffing themselves silly hoping to win and make some big buck. Well the big bucks are okay everyone needs some big bucks but this way of making it sure gets my dander up.
Nathan’s Hot dog Eating Contest *photo Takeru Kobayashi
Just another rotten game that the haves play and the have-nots wish even for a bit of the left overs.
Food eating contests or competitive eating or speed eating is one of the most disgusting practices concerning food in Americka today. Where a number of contestants are at a long table woofing down food trying not to choke to death and meanwhile eating more pie, hot dogs, pancakes, chicken wings ribs and just about any food that can be stuffed in. All for a game and big prize money. All for a game that we should ask the folks around the world who are starving just what they think of that Americkan game. While people here in Americaka don’t have enough food to feed their families we can only pray and pray out loud that this Americka stuffing soon falls. While fat Nina is woofing down 11 or more hot dogs, even if hot dogs are not a very good thing to eat, there are 10 folks out there who would just relish one dog.
So many people are hungry all around Americka and through out the world.
Here is something that I found on treehugger.com, “Half of all the food produced worldwide is wasted.” This statement is from a new policy brief issued by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Stockholm International Water Institute and the International Water Management Institute, huge amounts of food — close to half of all food produced worldwide — are wasted after production.
A new study says one-point-three billion tons of food are wasted or lost every year, causing significant harm to both the environment and the economy. The food losses occur as an estimated 870 million people go hungry every day.
(2) Gleaning the fields.
Modern day gleaners.
In the battle against food waste and hunger, the ancient tradition of gleaning is gaining new admirers around America. In the article Waste Not, Want Not Kathleen Maloney talks about how it has changed the D.C. food system.
Fresh Food For All see : http://www.justfood.org/fresh-food-all
The most famous painting of Gleaning. Jean Francois Millet, The Gleaners, 1857
(3 ) earthblognews.wordpress.com
(4) One most important rule for all who pig out in pig out eating contests.
* Vomiting -if, at any point during or immediately after the contest, a competitor regurgitates any food, he or she will be disqualified. Vomiting, also known as a “reversal”, or, as ESPN and the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest call it, a “reversal of fortune”, includes obvious signs of vomiting as well as any small amounts of food that may fall from the mouth deemed by judges to have come from the stomach. Small amounts of food already in the mouth prior to swallowing are excluded from this rule.
Maybe where it began.
Loki the trickster, shape-shifter.
The Edda from the 13th century contains Norse stories. Here is one of the earliest records of eating contests.
A story is told about when Thor was outwitted by a giant king, Útgarða-Loki. The king, using his magic, tricked Thor. The king raced Thought itself against Thor’s fast servant, Þjálfi (nothing being faster than thought, which can leap from land to land, and from time to time, in an instant). Then, Loki was challenged by Útgarða-Loki to an eating contest with one of his servants, Logi. Loki lost, eventually. The servant even ate up the trough containing the food. The servant was an illusion of “Wild-Fire”, no living thing being able to equal the consumption rate of fire. Loki was a trickster who was a shape shifter of the highest order. Sometimes shifting to a human sometime to an animal. But nothing could be as fast as wild-fire so the trickster was tricked by an illusion of Wild Fire and lost in the eating contest.
A pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebration in New York City involved a corned beef sandwich eating contest. Juliet, the woman pictured is not even the winner. The winner was Pat Bertoletti who ate 17 sandwiches in 10 minutes. History has it that the first Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest was held in 1916 when Immigrants participated to determine who was the most patriotic. An Irish man won eating 13 hot dogs.
Momma said don’t play with your food.
A beautiful bountiful harvest.