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A social experiment: eating on $1 a day by mrsteabag on 12 March 2009 9:07pm
One of the network pseudo-news shows this morning featured a story about a woman in North Carolina who went for a month eating on $1 US a day. I went a-Googling, and found out that there had been several others who had tried the same thing. Interesting and laudable.
Re: A social experiment: eating on $1 a day by geordiegirl on 12 March 2009 9:29pm
There's a book about it Fran: she's American but I can't exactly remember the author's name. It's not Barbara Kingsolver? Animal, vegetable...something?
Re: A social experiment: eating on $1 a day by fairygirl48 on 13 March 2009 12:18am
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. The book was all the rage at my church a while back because we had a lunch of all local food and passages from it were read.
Re: A social experiment: eating on $1 a day by bIG bLOGGER on 13 March 2009 2:10pm
Yes,good title,and a worthy experiment. With the looming recession,maybe many people will need to live on $1 dollar per day.
Pity her name wasn't "Barbara Mealsolver" ? ;)
But no,as fairygirl says,it was written by Barbara Kingsolver in 2007,with a bit of help from her daughter Camille,and some geezer called Steven L.Hopp.

I am all in favour of families trying to eat local food wherever possibe. It might just cut down the disgusting number of supermarket juggernauts on our overcrowded motorways.
Re: A social experiment: eating on $1 a day by geordiegirl on 13 March 2009 5:03pm
Thanks, Heather & Peter: if I see it in a charity shop, I'll buy it.

Great idea to use the book for church purposes! And, YES, more local purchases of local food, please (us Localvores, to take from another thread, eh?)
Re: A social experiment: eating on $1 a day by fairygirl48 on 13 March 2009 5:32pm
To use the term in an affectionate way, I see quite a few granola-heads on Sundays and end up sampling many a locally grown or vegetarian dish when lunch is being served. Local grass-fed beef, brilliant zucchini fritatta, etc.
Re: A social experiment: eating on $1 a day by Lounge Trekker on 13 March 2009 11:46pm
Animal Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver is an excellent book well worth reading. It may significantly contribute to your conscious food choices and understanding of food sources. I remember nothing significant pertaining to living on $1 a day. The book is a depiction of their family life on 40 acres of land over 1 year.

You need quite a down payment to buy 40 acres on $1 a day, let alone the time, energy and knowledge to grow enough food to survive at that same rate.

The family were all informed participants in this, including her 9 year old daughter, and they worked their butts off to maintain the lifestyle. Keep in mind, they had 40 acres to work with. Livestock, large gardens and a rigorous physical and spiritual commitment.

Lounge Grazer
Re: A social experiment: eating on $1 a day by mrsthing on 14 March 2009 1:27pm
I found an article about a California couple who did this:


"Kerri and Christopher have been brutally honest and transparent when it comes to the struggles of the project. They’ve been hungry, and the experiment has impacted their consciousness and how often they think about food. They’ve also had to navigate frustrations with gray areas: can they accept “free” food in social settings? What constitutes “free” food? They’ve lost weight faster than they probably should. But their experiment raises important questions about Americans’ relationship with food, as individuals and as a country. With food in abundance, with so much food going to waste, how are others going hungry, both here and abroad?"

I was thinking about all this yesterday as I shopped for ingredients for a traditional boiled dinner for St. Patrick's Day. There's nothing around here that costs $1 or less--not junk food, vegetables, pasta--nothing I could find. Gum, maybe. I can't grow my own because of all the trees on my property, and I refuse to cut them down. Even if I did cut them down, I live on a fairly steep hill, so I'd need major (expensive!) landscaping work to make the lot arable. There's very little foraging around here, as the land is built up to the point where I wouldn't trust plants that grow beside the road or in the woods. So I guess I'd be reduced to dumpster-diving. And the reason I don't do THAT is because I have enough money to buy food, and there are plenty who don't and depend on what the find in back of supermarkets and in dumpsters, so why should I deprive them of food they need just to prove a point?

So I'm back to where I started. :-(
Re: A social experiment: eating on $1 a day by kazzzz on 14 March 2009 1:45pm
We have a supermarket here called NQR (Not Quite Right) which has heaps of food, most near the useby, and it's half or less the prices in the big supermarkets, it's just brilliant. We also have Aldi, the no frills German supermarket where things are much cheaper.
I and a lot of my friends and family visit these two first, then on to the bigger supermarkets for anything you haven't been able to get. Since doing this, my weekly shopping bill has gone down in price.
An example of the price reduction, NQR sold 24 packs of paracetamol this week for 55c. In the big supermarkets it's about $3.
The bigger supermarkets give you discount fuel dockets, but the benefits of shopping at the other ones far outweights this, financially.
Re: A social experiment: eating on $1 a day by mrsthing on 14 March 2009 1:57pm
I shop the sales and use manufacturer's coupons, but my food bill is still outrageous. Our only discount food store is Wal*Mart, and the one in my town is too small to carry much food. I don't mind using anything that's near its expiration date, because I think those dates are just so much CYA on the part of the stores and the manufacturers, and food (except for milk and meat) will stay fresh long after the date, especially if it hasn't been opened yet. Maybe with the economy in a slump, we'll get some discount food markets going.
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