I haven’t kept up with this the last few days, as I have had a lot on my mind. Tomorrow I take my last sub and my period started last night, so I feel like shit. I am trying to get through Module 2, so I don’t get too behind while I kick. Luckily, next week we have a week off.
I got into a FB argument with a woman from school, who commented on something Mandy said. It was with regard to this video I shared : https://www.facebook.com/CoachAmandaBush/videos/945922762135459/?pnref=story
Here is the argument:
Mandy: There was a test done on some 60 minutes guy that checked for levels of different inorganic compounds in his blood and they found chemicals that had been off the market since before he was born. Indicating that his mother passed on these compounds she retained through the placenta. Insane. But you have to be rich to eat organic, or even healthy. Food is one of the most effective methods of oppression. Setting people up for life with compromised cognition and physicality. Louisiana has some of the poorest birth outcomes in the nation. A huge amount of that is attributed to maternal and childhood malnutrition, just because nothing is available in low income neighborhoods.
Michael had a breakdown Mardi Gras day year before last, a new grocery store opened in our neighborhood which actually had affordable healthy food marketed towards the Hispanic and black community majority. We were literally walking down the aisles of the store crying with joy.
Classmate: You don’t have to be rich to eat organic, you may have to make sacrifices in other areas of your life, for instance, most people make a monthly car payment between $200-$300, and then have to pay full coverage insurance, you can buy a reliable car for about $3,000cash, that’s gonna free up over $300 a month, you may not be driving a brand new car with all the bells and whistles, but the quality of your food, your health, and your life will greatly improve. We live on a low rank military salary, it’s not much… But and we are making a car payment, we are trying to sell our car, so that we can get rid of the debt and eat better quality food!
@Ashley, Mandy nor I have cars. We are both very low-income and have lived in “food deserts” for amny, many years. Watch the video called Politics of the PLate with Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH that is part of our school work during MOdule 2, this week. SHe precisely proves that fruits and vegetables have gone up by 40% since the early 1980’s. The government subsidizes eggs, meat and dairy, which is why they are cheaper. I don’t mean to be rude, but I am just getting to know you through school and I would appreciate if you would be more aware of yr self-righteousness on my timeline. Mandy and I have worked with underserved communities for over a decade and sometimes we say things that may seem like a blanket statement, however, trust me that we are both aware of the nuances behind them. We just like to vent on FB sometimes.Mandy and I have no extra money, we don’t even have enough money to pay rent to begin. I am choosing to spend all of my money to go to INN, so please be aware of how things come across, CLASSMATE. I am not trying to be a total itch, but this just hits a strong cord with me.
*****************************************************************************************Anyways, I know that seems like a hormone-induced rage, but this is exactly the stupid shit I was worried about in the program. Thank god, that the video I mentioned in the above rant was part of the curriculum. Marion NEstle actually said something like, “when poor people say produce is too expensive, they are right b/c it’s gone up 40% since the early 80’s”.Grrrrrr…. I have enough on my plate these next few days. Glad I vented though.