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Social safety nets across the continent are visibly under stress and breaking down, so much so that unemployed Spaniards have begun raiding supermarkets in order to put food on the table. As recently as last month the people of Cadiz and Sevilla, which have a reported unemployment rate of 32%, joined together to loot local grocery stores of three tons of food - some of which was distributed to local food banks.
In Spain, just a few short years ago people were living the high life. Expensive homes, expensive cars, luxury vacations and dining, ever-expanding credit limits, and not a worry in the world. Does that sound familiar?
Those same people who would have laughed in your face five years ago had you told them the economy was going to collapse and their country would be facing a massive debt default that would leave the majority of their population in poverty – those same people are rumaging through garbage cans in the hopes they can find some bread, rice and vegetables to put on their dinner table.
Originally posted by lewman
where they get this 3 ton statistic from, is that a guess and does that include the tins and bottles etc..
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
If Spain is anything like the US we have plenty of food, it's the distribution of it that's problematic. We throw away enough food here to feed everyone several times over. Not just grocery stores and restaurants but people I know do it so regularly it's ridiculous.
Somehow I doubt the Spaniards were living the "high life" just a few years ago like the claims about the "lazy, greedy" Greeks we were hearing no so long ago. People the world over work hard and trying to portray the common people as less than deserving is very disingenuous.
It wasn't the commoners that spent their countries into ridiculous levels of debt, it was the politicians in cahoots with the bankers that have planned this all along. Spend them into bankruptcy then let the vultures swarm in to pick up the pieces. The shock doctrine is alive and well.
We should all work towards food independence by growing what we can at home and in community gardens. By supporting local farms we keep our money at home and out of the hands of the banks and giant agro corporations.edit on 7-9-2012 by Asktheanimals because: spelling errors