NPR via Althouse ‘It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert‘
How can you be against the ‘community?’
‘Alex Ortega, a public health researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, agrees that providing access to nutritious food is only the first step.
“The next part of the intervention is to create demand,” he says, “so the community wants to come to the store and buy healthy fruits and vegetables and go home and prepare those foods in a healthy way, without lots of fat, salt or sugar.”
Dear Reader, I invite you to please indulge my fancy. Below is an excerpted scene from my hit play Quinoa, Community, Cancer & You-How To Be Good & Healthy For the 21st Century:
Intern–Mr. Ortega, sir, the numbers aren’t…the numbers aren’t what we were hoping for.
AO–It’s ok, Andrea, let’s have a look. This happens every month (rustling of papers…the audible ticking of the clock on the wall…a door closes sharply down the hall)
AO–I see then. I see. Who did the research here? Who put this report together? (Ortega brings a heavy laborer’s hand to his brow and stares at his desk)
Intern–An independent firm, sir, but I did some research on HealthWebPlusNet.Gov and it says they’re affiliated with Community Interests & The General Will, same as us. I don’t recognize no names on there.
AO-Do I know any of them?
Intern–I don’t think so, sir. I haven’t seen them ever.
AO-Well, I’m not understanding then. We’re getting great feedback on that quinoa recipe drop over Food Desert 2 last week. I did a walkthrough over there on Tuesday. People seemed happy.
Intern-I know sir, I know. I hear those recipes are really good. My auntie collects them all. They’re really great.
AO-And all the price-allocation dials are still turned to 11?
Intern-Of course, Mr. Ortega, of course.
That’s just a teaser, folks. There’s more where that came from. But now onto the People’s Green Front, somewhere between science and ideology: Maria Konnikova At The New Yorker: ‘Hot Heads In Cold Weather‘
Capstick & Pidgeon?:
‘A slight change in presentation, however, may shift attitudes in the direction of climate science and away from the vicissitudes of local weather. A study out this month, from the Cardiff University psychologists Stuart Capstick and Nicholas Pidgeon, found that periods of exceptionally cold weather in the United Kingdom had the opposite effect as they did in the United States: more people believed in the truth of climate change. The reason for the difference? The media had framed the weather within the context of climate change, emphasizing that it was unnatural, rather than simply cold. Perhaps if people here were told that it’s not just brutal out there, it’s unnaturally brutal, they, too, might jump to a different conclusion.’
If you can’t think for yourself, there are plenty of people to do it for you.
The right people, of course, with all the right ideas, policies, and knowledge.
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