It’s very comforting to think we’ll be able to solve America’s nutrition crisis by building more grocery stores in low-income neighborhoods and educating low-income families on how to cook healthy, nutritious meals.

But the unfortunate truth is that more grocery stores and nutrition education (while helpful to some people) doesn’t address the larger problem — which is that eating is expensive.

According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of low-income families is increasing. The report defines low-income working families as “those earning less than twice the federal poverty line.”

In 2011, the low-income threshold for a family of four with two children was $45,622. If you estimate rent at $1000/month, which is quite low for a family of four, that leaves about $33,000 for health care, transportation costs, clothing, and groceries for four people. That’s $687.50 per person per month for every single expense except rent.

Let’s do some more math.

Gala apples are among the cheapest fruit nationally. The USDA lists them at $1.16 a pound at the time I’m writing this article. There are about three apples to a pound, so if you wanted to buy your two kids an apple for each day of the week, you would spend $5.80 just on an afternoon snack for your kids. And let’s keep in mind that apples are relatively low-calorie, which means they aren’t very filling.

Six bucks doesn’t seem like much to someone with a middle class salary, but when you’re working with a weekly budget of under $700 per week for everything you need, including car repairs, gas money, winter clothing for constantly growing children, toilet paper, laundry detergent, electric bills… $5.80 starts to look pretty hefty for a snack that won’t even satisfy.

“I look at this list and can’t help but wonder how she’s supposed to do it. If $11 of apples equals two snacks, but $3 in Ramen will feed her entire family for dinner, how can she possibly pick apples with her limited food stamp budget?” McClay wonders.“And how will she ever afford to fill half of every mealtime plate with fruits and veggies, the amount recommended by the same government that issued her food stamps?”

It’s a good question.

The US government heavily subsidizes some foods, such as corn and soybeans. The result is that processed foods that are heavy in these ingredients end up being cheaper than fresh produce, which is not as heavily subsidized, if it is at all.

There is a serious disconnect between what we should be eating to stay healthy, and what the economic reality is.

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I like being a tease, and I know it's not a good thing cuz I'm leading a guy on. Plus I hear people hate teases. Any suggestions?

fullten:

Who told you these lies? I’ve basically made a career out of being a cock tease. My job is literally to look at men, looking hella sexy fine, and laugh in their faces when they try and talk to me or flirt with me. Lead men on all you want, lead them on to financial ruin, lead them to their eventual downfall, crack and destroy egos, fuck it. Grown ass men can click out when they want. As long as you’re putting a pair of tits in their face and not a gun, they have the freedom to choose, they are not helpless. 

People who ‘hate teases’ are people already feel owed and entitled to your body. Which is bullshit. 

You can flaunt and tease all you want, you don’t owe anyone shit. Companies do it all the time, they showcase and give samples of their products, thousands of people and dollars to think of the best way to tease the public into wanting something, but if you steal it, everyone knows, thats wrong, you didn’t buy it, or own it, you shouldn’t take it just because it looks nice in the display. 

But I forget that people respect the rights of property and consumer goods more than they do women. 

Yesssssss.

chicago-shapeshifter:

Finally got the piercings I’ve been wanting and I’m really happy. Got a nose piercing, a daith and a helix to match the other ear.

Even with my hair messed up and me being tired I feel hella cute right now.

Again, suuuuuuuper jelly

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badwolfonbakerstreet:

if sexuality was a choice I definitely wouldn’t be into men. Why would I choose to also be attracted to trashy guys when there are all those incredible women and nonbinary people out there. At some point I would have gone ‘forget men, they’re horrible’ but nope, I…

I can also confirm that being almost exclusively into men is very frustrating and limiting. It gets in the way of me wanting to support awesome TV shows about interesting women because I need male eye candy to keep my interest. >.>