“According to a study from the University of Washington, the rift between healthy grub and junk food is wider than it’s ever been. Researchers were able to buy 2,000 calories of junk food for $3.52 — that’s an entire day’s caloric intake — where nutritious foods cost them a whopping $36 for the same 2,000 calories.”—
I cringe when I hear privileged people lament the poor for buying unhealthy food with government assistance. Here, as is so often the case, education and real data are needed to offset anecdotal myths of the “unhealthy, lazy poor.” If it weren’t already obvious enough to the rest of us, unhealthy food is cheaper, duh.
as someone who has been on government assistance when i was in college just so that I could afford fruits and vegetables and real meat - this is so true. While I *can* buy 2000 calories worth of food for less than $36, lol, it’s very tempting to attempt to live on ramen, chips, peanut butter, and other high-calorie foods. Real food costs a lot of money. =P
“Let’s be clear on what a living wage is. It is not a minimum wage. The minimum wage is set by law, in the U.S. and New York State it is $7.25 per hour. This is really a subsistence wage level and the basic needs of an individual human being cannot be met at this level in the U.S. For comparison the minimum wage in Bangladesh is $0.38 per hour. US corporations and the international business community think this quite adequate for Bangladeshi workers to live on, just as Lhota and New York business elites think that $7.25 is good enough for New Yorkers. The living wage is supposed to meet the basic needs of a worker. These needs are food, housing, and clothing and should also provide for health care, transportation costs and gas and electric charges (and maybe some recreation)– these needs vary from culture to culture. In New York City a living wage of $12.75 an hour would supposedly cover these needs according to a recent study by MIT.”—Living Wage or Wage Slavery (via azspot)