|USA, 2010 © Jessica Dimmock/VII Network|
In the US we've done a wonderful job of providing good nutrition to low income families through the WIC program. For those who can access the program, it provides foods with a high nutritional value -- the types of food children need to grow and develop properly. In addition it provides good nutrition to pregnant and breastfeeding women too, to ensure even the poorest of children get a good start nutritionally.
Meanwhile we ship corn and soy to third world countries; our 'gift' of food to the world. Women and children here are given milk, eggs, whole wheat bread and grains, beans, vegetables and fruit (and the ability to get those vegetables and fruit from local farms to boot!). Meanwhile we pay out the whazoo to grow, package and ship nutritionally empty food to children dying of malnutrition. In reality, these foods do nothing for a child except make him feel full. They do not prevent stunting, anemia, or other serious consequences of malnutrition.
|USA, 2009 © Antonin Kratochvil/VII|
Good food is a basic necessity that everyone should have access to. It prevents illness and helps to grow strong productive adults. We are wasting our money on nutritionally inadequate food. If we wouldn't give it to our children, why are we giving it to children that are dying of malnutrition?
|India, 2010 © Stephanie Sinclair/VII|
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