October 9, 2008

Continuing car free and food issues

Looks like the old dependable car is in need of far more repair than it is worth.

So the Sweetie and I will continue with being car free for a while longer.
I last wrote about groceries, and my interim fix is to grab a bag of groceries when convenient, or if I'm out and about with a wheeled friend.
Cat food and litter are definitely "borrowed transport" items.

Living in a 'burb, I have a lot of grocery choices: two traditional store, one of which is remotely affordable, two natural foods stores in the neighboring 'burb, but the travel time gets really long, so I hit Vitamin Cottage when I'm in that area. Whole Paycheck is out of my league for a good while.
Walking in Downtown Denver, where homeless and high rent flats rub shoulders, I noticed there are no real grocery stores, or even the stripped down market concept aside from a couple foodie-porn places.

So what if I lived there? Would I have to trek out to a grocery close to the rail line (Broadway and Alameda) ?
Would I have to pay the $10 home delivery charge for Shop at Home?

I ran a cross an abstract for a study on food outlets near high schools in the United States:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B73H6-4RM89B2-1&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=0b42c33bad3b6abb5216c74cbf6a0b4f

which basically says that lower income and non white majority schools have more junk nearby, negating school food policies.
What that also says is that lower income areas have less healthy options.

Or how about we feed our people before we buy bullets?
http://www.typepad.com/t/trackback/2603625/24917372

Look in any trash bin outside and marvel at the food we waste.

1 comment:

jelymo said...

it is crazy how access to crap is free or cheap and stuff that is good for us is costly in most cases. i believe it's part of our country's "sick care": eat crap, get sick, see doctor, they put you on pills, they make money ,you get sick again and the cycle perpetuates....