so, we’re having this recession, right?
unemployment is 9.5 percent, fyi.
and even now, in the worst of times, not only are most of us STILL not going hungry, we are both able to ignore the poverty around us while continuing to remain very picky about the food we choose to consume.
i think i heard chris rock say once that no one is lactose intolerant in Africa. this is because if you have access to milk, you drink it. food allergies are a luxury that cannot be afforded.
meanwhile, here in America, there are things like this, which came from a NYT piece on “urban foraging,” (which is as adorable as it sounds!!!):
Neighborhoodfruit.com offers a swapping system and lists 5,000 public fruit trees around the country. The founders are considering charging a $4 finder’s fee for people who want to use the site, said Kaytea Petro, who helped start the project.
They might even add a V.I.P. service for “the super-fancy Slow Food people who really like the idea of extremely local food but don’t have time to go get it,” she said.
yes, while the rest of the world grasps at the crumbs from our table, we have time to say, “man, i’m really into preparing hyperlocal food, but i’m not willing to participate unless my iPhone comes with an app that can pinpoint each peach tree in the city.”
as a nation, we are truly blessed. we have come so far since the depression.
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