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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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micdotcom:

Student expertly photobombs anti-gay rally with accurate sign

Now this is how you photobomb. 

Twenty-two-year-old Justin Anderson, a straight, Mormon student at the LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, recently attended a “traditional marriage” rally at Utah’s state capitol building in protest of marriage equality, reports BuzzFeed. Currently, Utah’s same-sex marriage ban is pending before a federal appeals court, with federal precedent indicating that the ban will be overturned.

The Mormon-led community that congregated in the capitol’s rotunda on Sept. 18 demanded that the ban remain in place in order to save and protect children, and held placards reading “Marriage means a mother and a father for every child,” “A states’ rights issue” and “Traditional marriage blesses children.” Anderson, who attended the rally because he wants to be “on the right side of history,” was not exactly embraced by the other protesters.

"Take your gay agenda and burn in hell" | Follow micdotcom 

Bravo, Sir. Bravo.

defractured:

laurenjauregei:

how to be smooth as hell with your crush

im laughing so hard at the “oh. alright” 

Man, I wish I had been that smooth in college.

thatssoscience:

jtotheizzoe:

Jane Goodall shares an important message on the need for empathy in science, and how viewing intelligent and social non-humans as “animal beings” can help us not only treat them with the respect they deserve, but also understand how their complex biology and behavior is intertwined with our own.  

(from NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists)

I needed this today.

Jane Goodall came to my college while I was still an undergrad. It was one of the best educational experiences of my life.

iwillneverdropmysword:

masteradept:

american-ruby:

ohfalada:

Also their clothes (pockets, pockets, pockets).

if stuff is made for men, it’s practical and helps them be human beings
if stuff is made for women, it’s pretty and helps us be decoration

You forgot, the stuff made for women is also more expensive

Will never NOT reblog stuff such as this.


All true.

iwillneverdropmysword:

masteradept:

american-ruby:

ohfalada:

Also their clothes (pockets, pockets, pockets).

if stuff is made for men, it’s practical and helps them be human beings

if stuff is made for women, it’s pretty and helps us be decoration

You forgot, the stuff made for women is also more expensive

Will never NOT reblog stuff such as this.

All true.

thehpalliance:

thehpalliance:

This awesome t-shirt is only available through the end of Banned Books Week as a perk for our Equality FTW fundraiser.
When you donate to the Harry Potter Alliance, you’re supporting economic, educational, and LGBTQ equality. You’re also supporting fan activism. And with this t-shirt, you can rep your stance against censorship all year round.
Grab yours now.

Head’s up - today’s your last chance to grab this t-shirt!


Boost!
If I had the money, I’d be getting the t-shirt AND the cute tote “Books turn muggles into Wizards,” but I am broke in all sorts of ways.

thehpalliance:

thehpalliance:

This awesome t-shirt is only available through the end of Banned Books Week as a perk for our Equality FTW fundraiser.

When you donate to the Harry Potter Alliance, you’re supporting economic, educational, and LGBTQ equality. You’re also supporting fan activism. And with this t-shirt, you can rep your stance against censorship all year round.

Grab yours now.

Head’s up - today’s your last chance to grab this t-shirt!

Boost!

If I had the money, I’d be getting the t-shirt AND the cute tote “Books turn muggles into Wizards,” but I am broke in all sorts of ways.

NYC #education gathering!

adventuresofastudentteacher:

aredhat:

itsssnix:

I know we talked about doing this, but it’s coming up closer, so let’s make it happen!

2 things:

How about brunch on Sunday, October 12th? Anyone have a suggestion of a place to meet?

Can I crash on someone’s couch/floor on Saturday night? I’d rather not spend unnecessary $ if I…

I actually planned on being in the city that weekend!  Saturday the 11th is the Fall for Art Festival on Roosevelt Island.  I’ll be there all day painting!

I don’t know if we are staying the night, but there is a chance I’ll be around Sunday too!

Nyc is too far for me :(

Oct. 11th is my birthday and I live in Florida, but you can send me pictures!