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I'm quite surprised here, living in a country that is quite normal cook it's own food was a little bit weird to see most of North Americans rely on fast-foods instead of cooking.
The problem is not the lack of infrastuture, but rather oh how modern society has been directly and indirectly destroying it over the past few decades.
Science has also made many advances in increasing the life of soil richness and farms can last many more years then they previously could.
Let farmers operate with little or no taxes and restrictions and set up a fund to aid them.
Donate land to people wishing to operate farms like they did 100 years ago.
Encourage young people to take interest in farming and for those of you who think farming isn't glamorous and cool, well starving isn't either.
My job takes me on the road alot and i usually find myself biting into a big mac or a slice of pizza and i can fully agree with the hunger issue.
Lately i been taking alot of steps to avoid this and even going as far as to substitue the cream in my coffee for milk, pop for juice, and taking the alternative to fries at some fast food joints such as a chili or a salad and im noticing a huge difference.
I know- try getting a version of this into the civilian world, but I can tell you this: The Marines got results (they always do). Those fatbodies lost the fat quickly, probably in no small part due to the humiliation factor. Humility goes a long way. Maybe the solution is to make fatties feel bad about being fat- not telling them that society is to blame, and that it's ok to have that second Big Mac...
Alot of kids parents are to blame for keeping them inside more and over feeding them. They enable this behavior and then when their kids approach them about being teased they don't do anything to try and help. They tell their kids it's because of medical problems or that it is normal to be overweight.
In a perfect world we would all drink water and eat greens. But we will all die eventually.
Vitamin deficiency is also a common result of starvation, often resulting in anemia, beriberi, pellagra, and scurvy.
You must also understand there is more then one factor at work here. Yes fast foods are less unhealthy then they used to be but we are more sedentary then we used to be and there are other foods that we consume along with fast food such as massive amounts more, of soda, candy and snack foods then we used to. That minor offset by fast food getting less unhealthy is not seen because of all the other increased factors.
We learned that several other people who were working at the food bank, were homeless, but still volunteerd to help. One reason why, is that they were fed while on their shifts. They did not get paid, but received cooked meals for their help. I think a lot of the meals consisted of beans and rice, but it was a hot meal, and more nutritious than fast food.
Oh, and just another thought I would like to share with you, since you mentioned utility bills. On the days off when I would cook several meals at one time, I was able to turn the thermostat down in the house since the oven or stove would be on for a good portion of the day. Also, when you run into trouble as far as being on a lay off from work, call your utility company. Some are more than willing to work with you if you give them a .s up for a month, anyway. As long as you do not get a disconnect notice before letting them know what is going on, you would be surprised how understanding they might be. They may also work out a payment schedule plan with you that might fit into a tight budget. At least that has been my experience in the past, anyway.