Eating Mud for Nourishment: In Our Backyard and Doing Nothing

In Human Condition and Treatment on April 17, 2008 at 10:59 pm

In Haiti, where three-quarters of the population earns less than $2 a day and one in five children is chronically malnourished, the one business booming amid all the gloom is the selling of patties made of mud, oil and sugar, typically only consumed by the most destitute.

“It’s salty and it has butter, and you don’t know you’re eating dirt,” said Olwich Louis Jeune, 24, who has taken to eating them more often in recent months. “It makes your stomach quiet down.” This is an excerpt from today’s International Herald Tribune. Click here to read full article.

I am guessing that most people who will read this post likely missed this article. For me, it was the poignant illustration to see what people will do to survive. Then I ask myself, why? Why does a 24 year old have to resort to eating “mud” literally.

Of course, problems exist on our home turf, but many have relatives from Haiti experiencing this madness and waste. Yet, we don’t hear much about it. What is compelling and interesting is that similar challenges are brewing right here at home in the United States. For example, real wages have not increased in over 10 years. Gasoline is now over $3.35 per gallon for regular unleaded. Food prices continue to increase. Student financial aid is in peril. Job loss continues to accelerate across all industries and regions of the country. Home foreclosures and the home mortgage fiasco remains to be a bitter reminder of economic greed, or our corporate titans who in many respects walk away in shame much like Robert Mugabi or Aristide and other dictators who are exiled only to retire in luxury and ultimately forgotton in short order.

Yet, the damage is done to be sure. So, when we think about that next 65 inch plasma “we think we must have”, or a fancy trip to Hawaii or a sale at the outlet mall, please stop and think and instead purchase a 42 inch if you must at all. Visit our national parks or Bandon Dunes Oregon if you must travel or get those pants altered for $10 dollars instead of buying four new pair for $50 dollars each, only to pay $12 additional dollars or more to get them altered, all in the name of a good deal.

Then donate the savings to a worthy cause, share your time or send money to a relative who really needs it. It is now time to THINK.

  1. Rough Draft ….my immediate thoughts, I am rushing off to an appointment but I wanted to quickly say something on this issue.

    I’d like to know who is willing to start an initative or group with me whereby we would act as advocates that travel to these places to assist with real agricultural teaching and tools that will change the economies of scale and offer farming, products and services solutions for not just these regional areas but the global economy as a whole.

    If we join together on a grassroot level – with all of the intellects we have in our country in our business networks , our co-workers, using the resources we have within our immediate reach we can meet to collaborate on travel arrangements, funding, length of stay in the country required to do the teaching. We could consult with universities on research done on the soil, how to remove the toxiants, …..to be continue – lets ACT not say look how bad it is……

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