The lavish spreads offered up by the author\’s Jewish grandmother and later descriptions of \”heaping plates of waffles with cream and strawberries\” and \”mouth watering chocolate moose\”, make it abundantly clear that Sasha Abramsky loves to eat and understands that food is one of our greatest sources of pleasure.
It also shows that one of the two of you cannot spell.
These people, some illegal and some not, who perform backbreaking work in the fields, receive wages so low that, despite putting in double shifts that sometimes start as early as 5:00am and end at midnight, they are still unable to adequately nourish themselves or their children.
Someone is seriously suggesting that a full time (or in fact, more than full time if those numbers are to be believed) worker in the US cannot afford to eat?
Sorry folks, I just don\’t believe it.
From another column, here\’s the number:
Trust me, while you can do it if you spend an awful lot of time planning out meals and collecting sale-coupons, living on $50 a week for food, week in and week out, is mighty tight. You won\’t starve, but you certainly won\’t eat well.
What? You can eat well (if not high on the hog, to be sure) on that. Be a lot of pulses and grains, be checking the bargain lane at WalMart, but come on, we\’re talking about a food budget of seven times what some 1 billion people have as their entire daily income.