Can I be your pet? I wish I could eat as well as Fluffy does.

We republish this essay from 2011 as a reminder to the bastards who are trying to cut out folks food stamps and for all of us as a reminder to rebel like hell against them.

Every year 15 million children die of hunger.

Maybe it is true what Marcy says, that I don’t get out and about much. That I don’t look at the grocery aisles enough when I am shopping for food. Well today Miss May, queerartist, Goosey Bell and punkpink went out to see the new Shop Rite that had replaced the Shaws over on the West Hartford line.  The craziest thing we saw when we traveled every aisle was a refrigerator case in the pet food aisle carrying products call Freshpet Select. The first thing that came out of my mouth was, “No wonder so many folks all around the world hate our guts.” punkpink wanted to slap the case silly or at least come back and paste a picture of a child with an empty bowl on the front glass but then if that was done maybe Ms Smith or Ms Jones would think if they bought some of the fancy pet food that the company would make a donation to the starving kids around the world and all the kids that are hungry in americkkka today. The kids who are starving directly because of the Imperialist policies of the white europeans and the americkkkans. The kids who are hungry because of the policies of this government that makes war on folks abroad.

On arriving back at the studio punkpink told us that an essay is due about this subject. No we are not out to save the world but here to say that something is very, very wrong when the pets of americkkka eat better than much of the world. We all know this but maybe its time to be reminded again. Maybe we are just a tad bit old fashion, maybe we are out of style, maybe there is nothing that any of us can do but be thankful that our dear little furry friends have real good, nutritious food to eat and shut our traps. But you all know that isn’t us. You know as well as we do that this overabundance in americkkka stinking. Is this whole shebang, one of the seven deadly sins?

Hungry children are found everywhere in the world. According to research conducted by Feeding America, hunger has affected more than 3,500,000 children under the age of five in the US, and it can affect their physical and mental health.

The same source says more than 20 per cent of that sector of the population is located in 11 states of the country, such as, North Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, Texas, New Mexico, Kansas and Arkansas among others.

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education has reported that the number of homeless students in America has topped one million while another new report estimates that 23% of children in the U.S. live in relative poverty. Hungry, tired kids are difficult to teach. Their environment, health and community have an enormous impact on their ability to learn. However, rather than recognize this catastrophe, we continue to blame our teachers and schools for failing our children. It‚s akin to blaming doctors for failing to save children dying from malnutrition. (1)

World Hunger and Poverty:

    852 million people across the world are hungry, up from 842 million a year ago.
  • Every day, more than 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes–one child every five seconds.
  • In essence, hunger is the most extreme form of poverty, where individuals or families cannot afford to meet their most basic need for food.
  • Hunger manifests itself in many ways other than starvation and famine. Most poor people who battle hunger deal with chronic undernourishment and vitamin or mineral deficiencies, which result in stunted growth, weakness and heightened susceptibility to illness.
  • Countries in which a large portion of the population battles hunger daily are usually poor and often lack the social safety nets we enjoy, such as soup kitchens, food stamps, and job training programs. When a family that lives in a poor country cannot grow enough food or earn enough money to buy food, there is nowhere to turn for help. (2)

Excuse me it’s time to feed Fluffy and Bozo.

“This is a perfect diet for my furry son”

Fresh products require refrigeration to maintain their flavor and freshness. All Freshpet Select products must be refrigerated.

Some 49 million Americans face food insecurity.  Of that number, some 17 million are children, which means that half of all American children will need to use federal food stamps at some point in their lifetime and of that a staggering 90 percent of African American children.

For most Americans hunger in the developing world – Africa, Asia – is a familiar sight.  Today some 13 million Ethiopians in the Horn of Africa rely on food relief, as do approximately 2.8 million people in the Southern African nation of Zimbabwe.  While pictures of hunger in Africa are pervasive throughout the United States – and a constant feature in the fundraising appeals of the international charity industry – for most people in the U.S., the idea that 49 million Americans suffer from food insecurity seems unthinkable.

The hard fact that hunger and access to nutritious food is as critical for 1 in 6 Americans as it is for 1 in 4 Zimbabweans certainly diminishes the distance between us all.  So, as we look around this Thanksgiving the face of hunger can be our friends, our neighbors, our extended family — here or in Africa — and for some, our own.

Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stieglitz estimates that the Iraq War costs $720 million per day.  According to another Nobel Prize winner, the American Friends Service Committee, it costs $624 to give a child free school lunches for a year.  This means that for the cost of one day of war – $720 Million – the country could buy lunch for 1,153,846 kids for an entire year. (3)

(1) Learning on Empty, Daniel Ward

(2) Dr. Walden Bello quotes:

“The fact is that there is enough food in the world for everyone. But tragically, much of the world’s food and land resources are tied up in producing beef and other livestock–food for the well off–while millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and starvation.”

“The American fast food diet and the meat eating habits of the wealthy around the world support a world food system that diverts food resources from the hungry. A diet higher in whole grains and legumes and lower in beef and other meat is not just healthier for ourselves but also contributes to changing the world system that feeds some people and leaves others hungry.”

(3) From: Thanksgiving: Hungry in America, by Imani Countess.

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