Sue Sumner Ullenius
Sue Sumner Ullenius

Jenny Sue - you gave just an example that people would tire of quickly. Sure, there ARE options but very damned few that are cheap. I live in Kansas which is virtually littered with farms and cattle ranches. Yet, our stores and farmer's markets charge astronomical prices for fresh veggies, fruits and meats. Truth be known, the Farmer's Markets charge 3-4 times as much per pound as what the grocery stores do, and that in itself is insane. I am disabled, on a very limited income so money and...

Jenny Sue - you gave just an example that people would tire of quickly. Sure, there ARE options but very damned few that are cheap. I live in Kansas which is virtually littered with farms and cattle ranches. Yet, our stores and farmer's markets charge astronomical prices for fresh veggies, fruits and meats. Truth be known, the Farmer's Markets charge 3-4 times as much per pound as what the grocery stores do, and that in itself is insane. I am disabled, on a very limited income so money and eating healthy is always a struggle for me. Yes - I do attempt to grow alot of my own veggies, berries and such but there again, there are many drawbacks. Limited space (even when doing the square foot gardening), pests, disease and weather. (all it takes is one of our softball size hailstorms with 70+ straightline winds and the whole garden is done for) The plain and simple truth here is - farmers and grocers realize that people ARE wanting to eat healthier so of course they raise prices on the much wanted commodities. It's all about greed.

Gustavo Rivas Mendez
Gustavo Rivas Mendez
  • Sue Sumner Ullenius

Does that mean the healthy food business is going to boom?
That would be nice.

Susan J. Hass
Susan J. Hass
  • Sue Sumner Ullenius

Speakking as someone who does grow her own food, I can tell you that Farmers Markets in our area are NOT overcharging. It is not cheap to buy quality seed, plants, and all the needed tools and accessories , etc. to grow those veggies. It also takes gas to get them to market, rent for stall space, money for insurance, etc. What you buy at the grocery store may be cheaper but it is by far NOT healthier. If more people supported the local farmers and businesses, the prices would eventually go...

Speakking as someone who does grow her own food, I can tell you that Farmers Markets in our area are NOT overcharging. It is not cheap to buy quality seed, plants, and all the needed tools and accessories , etc. to grow those veggies. It also takes gas to get them to market, rent for stall space, money for insurance, etc. What you buy at the grocery store may be cheaper but it is by far NOT healthier. If more people supported the local farmers and businesses, the prices would eventually go down. I LOVE the small communities where fast food restaurants and chain stores have been banned. Local businesses thrive, and that is good for everybody.

Colleen Ann Schroeder
Colleen Ann Schroeder
  • Sue Sumner Ullenius

I totally agree, there is a price to pay that one can do with more money out now or with their body if they continue to eat unhealthy chemically filled foods. Supporting the local farmers and area health stores would help so much, but people are not willing to make short term sacrifices to get long term results. There are ways to cut corners on food prices and cut out things that do not benefit your body, most people are not willing to make the sacrifices. If they did they would see the...

I totally agree, there is a price to pay that one can do with more money out now or with their body if they continue to eat unhealthy chemically filled foods. Supporting the local farmers and area health stores would help so much, but people are not willing to make short term sacrifices to get long term results. There are ways to cut corners on food prices and cut out things that do not benefit your body, most people are not willing to make the sacrifices. If they did they would see the benefits and start to get it (healthy is a goal worth achieving).

Sue Sumner Ullenius
Sue Sumner Ullenius
  • Sue Sumner Ullenius

For those commenting about paying more now, to reduce prices later - you still don't get it. There ARE poor/low income in the U.S, most not by choice. The vast majority are children. There are mothers out there who would absolutely love for their children to eat healthy so that these kids can BE healthy but to do so means healthy foods and only enough to last 3-4 days versus cheaper foods to last a week. Unless you have had to live with this yourselves, to make the decision on whether or not...

For those commenting about paying more now, to reduce prices later - you still don't get it. There ARE poor/low income in the U.S, most not by choice. The vast majority are children. There are mothers out there who would absolutely love for their children to eat healthy so that these kids can BE healthy but to do so means healthy foods and only enough to last 3-4 days versus cheaper foods to last a week. Unless you have had to live with this yourselves, to make the decision on whether or not your children go hungry because of commercial greed/pricing over the healthy foods vs. cheap, less healthy foods, please don't comment that it's so damned easy to do. As a mother, it would never be my choice to make my children go hungry EVER to -maybe- someday get healthy food prices down. Why should the poor children suffer at all, while those born into families with money reap in all the good benefits? Our whole country has very skewed ideas and principals and I honestly don't see how half the population can even sleep at night. Oh wait, I know! Maybe it's that whole "turn a blind eye because it doesn't affect me or mine" theory. Sickening.

Dee Knowlton
Dee Knowlton
  • Sue Sumner Ullenius

I grow veg.s also & have been to the farmers market & do believe they r way over chargeing ! But what I don't grow I buy beside the road at stand's .They tend to be cheaper .Now this is from a home stand .

Naomi Chojnacki
Naomi Chojnacki
  • Sue Sumner Ullenius

im just doing this to get a dragon city coin

Michele Lucy
Michele Lucy
  • Sue Sumner Ullenius

I lived in Kansas and paid 2x to 3x what I pay for nutritious food in Denver. Farm towns are notorious for ripping off consumers because their is usually just one store...a monopoly to the max.

Jennifer Brand
Jennifer Brand
  • Sue Sumner Ullenius

our farmers markets are more expensive, and produce and meats, anything organic, even the grains and steel cut oats are more expensice, there are less sales, barely any coupons, and healthier sweetners..agave, nectar, hiney, real aple, are all much more exspenive that sugar. It is very hard, and living in the NE we have a VERY short growing season, and as a renter ... most landlords do not let you garden, and the community gardens are in city limits.. often in bad neighborhoods and as a...

our farmers markets are more expensive, and produce and meats, anything organic, even the grains and steel cut oats are more expensice, there are less sales, barely any coupons, and healthier sweetners..agave, nectar, hiney, real aple, are all much more exspenive that sugar. It is very hard, and living in the NE we have a VERY short growing season, and as a renter ... most landlords do not let you garden, and the community gardens are in city limits.. often in bad neighborhoods and as a single parent of a child with disabilities that sometimes cause her to wander,,, NG not good!

Deshan Irendra de Silva
Deshan Irendra de Silva
  • Sue Sumner Ullenius

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Chris Lee
Chris Lee
  • Sue Sumner Ullenius

Really, Kansas? Huh, it is always going to cost more for organic foods when you produce less

Gary Chase
Gary Chase

I bet the REAL top reason is that people like the taste of unhealthy foods better. I eat a pretty healthy diet, but I still like the taste of a donut better than a salad.

Cynthia Aspengren
Cynthia Aspengren
  • Gary Chase

There are true chemical reactions in the brain that make us want the junk food over the good stuff.

Jason Hernandez
Jason Hernandez
  • Gary Chase

I think you summed it up nicely, Gary. Just look at ads for Fiber One or whatever; they feel the need to emphasize that they taste good, so obviously there is this puplic perception that healthy food does not taste good. I couldn't vote in the poll, because none of the choices applied to me.

Linda Lawrence
Linda Lawrence
  • Gary Chase

If I save up a few dollars to treat myself now and then, I don't take it to Safeway for lettuce and a tomato. I get my son to take me to McDonalds where I get a delicious burger, fries and a drink for the same amount of money. Added to my meal, is the enjoyment of companionship with my son, a car ride which I rarely get, a meal in a different environment than my dismal one room where I live, entertainment value. That's a lot to get for $5.23!

Pat Volk
Pat Volk
  • Gary Chase

It is called addiction, Cynthia.

Sam Varmeshon
Sam Varmeshon
  • Gary Chase

If you had a clue of all the garbage that many of the fast food chains put in their food especially McDonalds you would never eat fast food again.

Deshan Irendra de Silva
Deshan Irendra de Silva
  • Gary Chase

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Keith Kendrick
Keith Kendrick

If we want to change the market emphasis, then, we have to change what WE do! There's no other way and it's guaranteed success. If EVERYBODY stopped patronising multi-food combines' produce for just ONE month, it would have an enormous effect and we then just need to keep up the pressure til the providers either get the message or close down and starve themselves - wouldn't that be great? It's OUR call.

Mark Williams
Mark Williams
  • Keith Kendrick

Amen to Keith. But there is a certain perversity in us that want's to give in, close our eyes and eat that donut or hamburger. I can and do boycot GMO foods as well as the companies that distribute them when I can find them, but sometimes it's difficult to know if the soybeans in some product I would like to buy are GMO beans. (And I don't think my craving for potato chips will EVER completely go away.)

Deshan Irendra de Silva
Deshan Irendra de Silva
  • Keith Kendrick

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Janet Thomas
Janet Thomas
  • Keith Kendrick

We should not eat soy meal prodi

Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin

I don't think any of these are the right answer. It CAN be affordable to eat healthy, and the options are increasingly available. Mostly I think it has to do with not knowing or not caring. I've noticed that even people with plenty of money and time still eat nonorganic, GMO, and junk. It's habit, and the inability to understand (or lack of incentive to care, maybe) that our food purchases impact not only our health but the health and livelihoods of others, and the planet. I guess I'll say...

I don't think any of these are the right answer. It CAN be affordable to eat healthy, and the options are increasingly available. Mostly I think it has to do with not knowing or not caring. I've noticed that even people with plenty of money and time still eat nonorganic, GMO, and junk. It's habit, and the inability to understand (or lack of incentive to care, maybe) that our food purchases impact not only our health but the health and livelihoods of others, and the planet. I guess I'll say "convenience" but mostly I just think it's ignorance and laziness.

Elaine Luring
Elaine Luring
  • Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin

It pays to bitch and boycott..there was actually MORE PURE CANE SUGAR @ Walmart than the damn Monsanto GMO sugars

Anne Nickerson-Klausky
Anne Nickerson-Klausky
  • Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin

Jeannettte I am not lazy but I am disabled everytime I find something truly good for my family of 4 adults, we pay a premium for it and we work hard to have some of the food that is good for us but it costs a mint. If you know a good way for folks to find better for less please share that information. Our local flea market has some good produce but that does not mean it is organic... if so costs more and what I tell my children is less but better food is a good choice whenever they shop. If you know better ways not out of $ reach please share.

Deshan Irendra de Silva
Deshan Irendra de Silva
  • Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin

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Tina Emon
Tina Emon
  • Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin

I don't think it really has to do with laziness in most cases Jeanette I think that for the most part people are busy and perhaps don't have the time to research what is best for them. Sometimes it is less time consuming to buy prepared food because it gives you that much more tie to spend with family. I drive 3 hours to work and back everyday plus I work8-10 hours a day depending on work demands. My day starts at 4:30 am and by the time supper time rolls around it could be 8 pm so those...

I don't think it really has to do with laziness in most cases Jeanette I think that for the most part people are busy and perhaps don't have the time to research what is best for them. Sometimes it is less time consuming to buy prepared food because it gives you that much more tie to spend with family. I drive 3 hours to work and back everyday plus I work8-10 hours a day depending on work demands. My day starts at 4:30 am and by the time supper time rolls around it could be 8 pm so those nights if I haven't prepraed and frozen meals on sunday you wanna bet I am not worrying about organic or anything else. I am eating prepared foods from the grocery and they won't be organic because those as a rule are extremely expensive where I live.

Rees Gallacher
Rees Gallacher

I live in Govanhill - an area in Glasgow fortunately full of fruit shops but equally full of Asian fast food and sweet shops! On top of the availability of fatty food like kebabs and pizzas, our new Roma population from various eastern European countries have brought their own food nightmares - cooking the cheapest of meat, using the takeaways a lot (especially the young people) and lack of exercise (especially the girls). On top of that, there's the smoking....it's like Glasgow is back in...

I live in Govanhill - an area in Glasgow fortunately full of fruit shops but equally full of Asian fast food and sweet shops! On top of the availability of fatty food like kebabs and pizzas, our new Roma population from various eastern European countries have brought their own food nightmares - cooking the cheapest of meat, using the takeaways a lot (especially the young people) and lack of exercise (especially the girls). On top of that, there's the smoking....it's like Glasgow is back in the 60's! just when the idiot Scots are beginning to get the message about smoking, food and exercise being related to cancers, heart and lung disease a new population brings it in with them. We need more health education for our new communities, and better shopping options and cheaper food!

Lisa Seidel Salinas
Lisa Seidel Salinas
  • Rees Gallacher

Good cheaper food will always be home cooked, salt, pepper, basil, garlic, onions, turmeric..., paprika, Grow'em hydroponically

Patsy Jenkins Williams
Patsy Jenkins Williams

Our fresh veggies are hard to find in our two grocery stores and the new coconut milk/almond mild is hard to find.. the just keep a few carton on the shelf and they don' have a lot of the product I need... I usually go to Publix in lebanon, tn. to find the products I need.. It's a shame we don't have a store in smithville, tn. that carries these and if you read the news it says wal-mark carries the lowest grades of our fruits and veggies.. and they don't keep shelves stocked very well.. I...

Our fresh veggies are hard to find in our two grocery stores and the new coconut milk/almond mild is hard to find.. the just keep a few carton on the shelf and they don' have a lot of the product I need... I usually go to Publix in lebanon, tn. to find the products I need.. It's a shame we don't have a store in smithville, tn. that carries these and if you read the news it says wal-mark carries the lowest grades of our fruits and veggies.. and they don't keep shelves stocked very well.. I don't like the bagged lettuce, etc because it has somekind of protector in the bag and it is usually has a slime on it.l. same way at food lion..I do wish we could get a Publix here or a Harris Teeter...

Patsy Jenkins Williams
Patsy Jenkins Williams
  • Patsy Jenkins Williams

do buy most of my supplies at Food Lion... best store in our city..

Arden Singletary
Arden Singletary

Kashi, who funds this project, is owned by Kelloggs, and Kashi uses genetically modified foods, and foods that aren't organic. I wouldn't trust the Kellogg Corporation to teach anyone to eat healthily. They are probably encouraging poor people to eat their sugar and GMO filled, dairy drenched poison, all for the purpose of lining their own pockets. If you care about poor people and/or nutrition, DO NOT TAKE THIS POLL!

Kitten-Cupcake Dearie Jaeger
Kitten-Cupcake Dearie Jaeger
  • Arden Singletary

i couldn't agree more! when i s a kashi commercial i literally gag. they make me SICK!

Brianna Lindsey
Brianna Lindsey

the biggest problem with finding healthy foods is GMOs. PERIOD. if they didn't allow GMOS without labeling it would be so much easier to shop with out having to put everything corn, canola, and soy derived back unless its organic or specifically GMO free. GMO's not being labeled is just annoying and totally BS since this is the U.S., the only developed nation that hasn't banned or required labeling. you can eat all the healthy foods you want, but when everything is Roundup Ready (yes roundup...

the biggest problem with finding healthy foods is GMOs. PERIOD. if they didn't allow GMOS without labeling it would be so much easier to shop with out having to put everything corn, canola, and soy derived back unless its organic or specifically GMO free. GMO's not being labeled is just annoying and totally BS since this is the U.S., the only developed nation that hasn't banned or required labeling. you can eat all the healthy foods you want, but when everything is Roundup Ready (yes roundup like the weed, grass, and plant killer) and mass produced it's almost impossible to be a vegan or vegetarian without consuming alot of GMO's unless you buy organic which relays the cost. For meat eaters, they feed GMOs to the livestock, you are what you eat =/.

Wallach Banter
Wallach Banter
  • Brianna Lindsey

I am Roundup Ready. :)

Does that mean I am effective versus mosquitoes now?

Lynne Baum
Lynne Baum

I just started a full time job back in Corp. America after 10 years as a yoga teacher. What an eye opener! I never realized how much people don't know about nutrition. Even though the company I work for is small, 6 employees, only myself and the owner have any clue about healthy eating. I watch one woman drink a super sized coke every morning. I see people coming back with bagfuls of fast food with no nutritional value! Have you seen "Fat , Sick and Nearly Dead"? So I am doing my best to...

I just started a full time job back in Corp. America after 10 years as a yoga teacher. What an eye opener! I never realized how much people don't know about nutrition. Even though the company I work for is small, 6 employees, only myself and the owner have any clue about healthy eating. I watch one woman drink a super sized coke every morning. I see people coming back with bagfuls of fast food with no nutritional value! Have you seen "Fat , Sick and Nearly Dead"? So I am doing my best to teach by example. So far I have talked to them about what exactly is in a soda, the difference between fast food and something cooked from scratch, and how to eat smaller meals to keep metabolism, and energy, up throughout the day. Of course yoga comes up constantly. But most of them don't exercise at all. I checked cost as the main obstacle to eating healthy. But like someone else mentioned, I eat only non-gmo and organic. Luckily there are two locally owned small organic supermarkets close by, just outside of Detroit. We also have farmers markets year round and a couple of Wholefoods and Trader Joes, as well. Guess I'm lucky to have access to whatever I can afford.

Jill Johnston Massura
Jill Johnston Massura
  • Lynne Baum

the addicitons and cravings designed by the food manufacturers are the hardest to overcome, but they CAN be crowded out!....keep being a great example, Lynne!! xo

Sandi Mull
Sandi Mull

US food prices are the lowest in the developed world. One can have a healthy diet on a tight budget. It's true that such a diet won't have as much variety, but it can be done. When our organization tried to help people who said they would like to have a healthier diet on a budget, we found that part of the problem was buying too many convenience foods. We grow our own vegetables in the summer and then put them in the freezer or we can them, so we can have them throughout the year. We...

US food prices are the lowest in the developed world. One can have a healthy diet on a tight budget. It's true that such a diet won't have as much variety, but it can be done. When our organization tried to help people who said they would like to have a healthier diet on a budget, we found that part of the problem was buying too many convenience foods. We grow our own vegetables in the summer and then put them in the freezer or we can them, so we can have them throughout the year. We have summer apples that have to have a lot cut out of them, but I freeze them or make wonderful apple sauce out of them. We offer them to people, but they don't want to be bothered. I know that a healthy diet on a buget can be time consuming and realize that some people really don't have the time. I'd rather be doing something else when I'm preparing food for winter, but it's a choice.

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