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Food and Poverty


This month’s Sidney Award went to Jina Moore for her excellent article on poverty in modern America. Asking what is poverty, Moore notes that no one can agree on it. But a really good definition of poverty is lack of access to a healthy variety of food. Variety matters here–in the United States choice is so ingrained in our culture that without it, you are almost automatically defined as poor. Eating canned peas 20 straight days is not only monotonous and dispiriting, but also a mark of class. Really good piece.

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  • MFA

    “…a really good definition of poverty is access to a healthy variety of food. ”

    Lack of access, I should think.

    • Jameson Quinn

      Well, at my grocery store, only people who can give a really good definition of poverty are allowed in the door. Sort of a password if you will.

    • This is what I get for hammering out posts right before walking out the door.

      • RedSquareBear

        Dangling a participle in the second sentence, I was confused while reading this.

  • JoyfulA

    I always sneer at conservatives who think a household with a refrigerator and a color TV can’t be poor. Anything a person can get from freecycle.org without paying a nickel can’t make a person not poor.

    And a great article.

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