Divided We Eat


Lisa Miller, a self-declared disciple of Michael Pollan, argues in The Daily Beastarticle Divided We Eat that it proves more difficult for lower class families to afford nutritious food compared to junk food. The lower class families use their money and food stamps on junk food like soda instead of buying healthy good food.

Detail that uses evidence:

  • “between 2004 and 2008 based on data from Seattle-area supermarkets. While food prices overall rose about 25 percent, the most nutritious foods (red peppers, raw oysters, spinach, mustard greens, romaine lettuce) rose 29 percent, while the least nutritious foods (white sugar, hard candy, jelly beans, and cola) rose just 16 percent.”
    • The prices of the most nutritious food had the largest price increase between 2004 and 2008 compared to the least nutritious foods.
  • “In recent weeks the news in New York City has been full with a controversial proposal to ban food-stamp recipients from using their government money to buy soda.”
    • The low-income families had no choice but to buy junk food with their food-stamps which is their cheapest options, which New York City is currently trying to prevent.
    • For them, healthy, regular meals are a necessity—and so he does what he can on $75 a week. “To get good food, you really got to sacrifice a lot. It’s expensive. But I take that sacrifice, because it’s worth it.” Suluki uses his food stamps at the farmers’ market. He sorts through the rotten fruit at the local supermarket.
      • By using Suluki’s lifestyle, the writer shows that even with a low budget, it is possible to eat healthy with good food.

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