If you ever wondered why we have a serious health problem in this country – have a look at our food supply and the extraordinary (low) cost of refined carbohydrates.
All in a country that earns a living from growing and exporting whole plants and animals, and products derived thereof (mainly dairy).
This is my photo essay from walking around my local Countdown supermarket in Takapuna, Auckland. They have started these new super specials called “price lock down”. I didn’t see a single “lock down” or aisle end display which wasn’t refined rubbish (except the beer and wine ones when you first walk in).
Look and weep. Swear if you need to. Mine usually starts with “What the f…”
3 kg of sugar for $5, no nutrients. This is about $US4. I know you guys have the same in your countries too, that doesn’t make it OK.
Corn chips everywhere – several displays in store.
You get the idea.
My last rant is around how this is OK?
In civilized society we have laws precisely to protect us from the harms that things do to us without our permission. Those harms are called externalities.
Processed cheap, and often subsidized food, is harming us. It harms our most vulnerable the most. It does so because this is often the only option for those with the least resources. It’s also everywhere. That’s unfair and makes for a far worse society.
Change the law to protect the people. That’s not nanny state, that’s responsible governance. That’s the same reason we enforce drink-driving laws, speeding and safety belt wearing. I don’t hear anyone accusing the government of being a “nanny state” for these?