Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Many people want to tell us how bad many have it in America. But as Americans, we often take some things for granted. How well we eat, compared to many others in the world, is one of those things.

If you want to see a visual comparison of the differences, take a trip over to the Hill Chronicles and take a look at what I am saying.


8 comments:

Layla Elizabeth said...

Hi! Thanks for the mention. I am happy I posted those pictures. Sometimes hard and stark reality tells us more than words. Seeing it makes one envision it.

LASunsett said...

Hi Layla,

You are quite welcome.

Welcome to PYY. Feel free to throw your two cents in whenever you feel like it, even if you don't agree. We don't get out feelings hurt too much around here if someone disagrees with us.

Greg said...

By coincidence, LGF has a piece today on the likely nominee for head of the farcicle UN Human Rights Commission. This guy - Jean Ziegler - was the UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food. While there, instead of concentrating on countries with actual food crises, he railed against...guess who.

Here's a video by the awesome UN Watch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p4lWkkjiuw

My mother's favorite refrain to me and my siblings was, "You don't know how lucky you are." I think we could apply this to Americans in general.

Rocket said...

Hi LA - Layla.

Difficult to make a dollar comparison with Europe because of the low value of the dollar which makes Euro expenses much more expensive in dollars. Also the calculations made from euros to dollars is incorrect. Todays value is 1.56 USD for a euro. In the first pic the value euro - dollar is around 1.2 and in the second pic the exchange rate is beween 1.3 and 1.4 Secondly, It seems that the expenses for the German family are particularly high based on our own expenses for two adulte of less than 100 euros per week and we eat very well and do not cut costs. 1500 euros/month for the German family seems way too high. I know that food costs in Germany are about 10% lower than in France.

I do understand that the intent of this article was to show that some people don't eat, but in terms of percentage food prices are as high percentage wise in terms of income in Chad as they are in the US.

By the way you can thank the European Union subsidies (CAP) and in particular France and I believe Germany, whose farmers receive the brunt of these 55 bn euro subsidies to their farmers for keeping food prices high and keeping African grown foodstuffs out of Europe.

Also a hearty thanks to the biofuel movement which is driving up the prices of basic cereals corn etc and for what? Even 20% of arable land which is now the European Union target for cereals and other biofuel commodity will barely make a dent in pollution levels. I heard that it would take 20% of arable land in Britain just to fuel only half Virgin Airways planes for a year.

We need to find another way.

PS - Gotta get more fruit and veggies in the American picture and less Burger King, Pizza and McDonalds.

LA - Take me out to the ballgame -dude! It's baseball season and Greg's team is in first place! and my sports package is just fine, thank you!

Rocket

Greg said...

Rocket:

By the way you can thank the European Union subsidies (CAP) and in particular France and I believe Germany, whose farmers receive the brunt of these 55 bn euro subsidies to their farmers for keeping food prices high and keeping African grown foodstuffs out of Europe.

Here, here! Guess who said America and Europe should abolish these, but was rebuffed by the supposedly more caring Europeans?

Gotta get more fruit and veggies in the American picture and less Burger King, Pizza and McDonalds.

Here, here!

Take me out to the ballgame -dude! It's baseball season and Greg's team is in first place!

Here here! Great game, too. I got up early to watch it.

LASunsett said...

//I do understand that the intent of this article was to show that some people don't eat, but in terms of percentage food prices are as high percentage wise in terms of income in Chad as they are in the US.//

Layla got it by e-mail, the content of it could be a few years old, back when the exchange rate was what the info reflected.

As for your baseball team, are you still a Reds fan? This is Dusty's first year there, can he turn it around?

LASunsett said...

//Here here! Great game, too. I got up early to watch it.//

You guys must like baseball. ;)

LASunsett said...

//This guy - Jean Ziegler - was the UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food. While there, instead of concentrating on countries with actual food crises, he railed against...guess who.//

Very interesting video there, Greg. I bet he has a cult following in some European circles.