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Originally posted by LOLZebra
OK OK OK. After reading everyones post I think I finally figured out a way that would meet OP halfway and not break the bank (40 trillion).
In other countries, such as India, if you travel there, your daily food cost is going to be $1. Unless you are eating a LOT of food then it will be more. In the US though let us keep the $15 a day per person figure.
According to Census.gov there are 311,469,431 People in the U.S.
So that would cost 15 x 311,469,431 x 365 = 1,705,295,134,725
OK So about 1.7 Trillion USD. I don't know about you but $105 a week for food is really high in my opinion. It also depends on the type of food you are eating.
What if we had a program that credited grocery stores for certain food purchases (think healthy) but had no credit or subsidies for junk food.
For example say you go to the grocery store, you buy a bunch of vegetables, and a 2L bottle of soda, and a bag of chips. You would end up paying only for the Soda & Chips but nothing for the veggies as it would be subsidized. Now I can see how this would become a problem, people taking more than they need. So you would need a limit, and probably some government card that keeps that limit in check. You don't want someone going into multiple stores and taking all their bananas, then letting them rot at home because they can't eat them all. ... now that I think about it... this sounds familiar.. close to communism but with a twist.
What if food was grown locally instead of being transported hundreds of miles? Would that cut our cost in half?
Let's say from $15 to $7.50 a day?
That would still be $852,647,567,362 a year. $852 Billion.
But I kinda like the subsidize healthy food idea maybe.... the conspiracy nut in me is now thinking "yeah subsidize only the gmo foods"...
Great thread, even if it doesn't seem so feasible at the current time. All we need to work on is the logistics and efficiency aspect and I think we could cut food prices by a lot.
Originally posted by QuantumPhysicist
You know what, I really like your idea. Normally I really don't care for the "feed the hungry" topics, but you actually have a really good solution.
To bad TPTB would never go for it.
If you know anybody of any power (friend of a politician, mayor, etc) I would say run your idea by them and try to get some things rolling!
Originally posted by nerbot
reply to post by gimme_some_truth
I understand what you're saying, but I think a hungry person would be happy with just 1 meal a day for starters and it wouldn't have to cost as much as $5.
What's more important is helping the hungry to feed themselves. Giving money to buy food...well, it has to come from somewhere but it is impracticle to do that constantly isn't it so money spent on farming, irrigation and healthcare is much better spent.
Well...you better start talking to TPTB eh?