Thursday, July 31, 2008


a Biblical thought...
You're going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They'll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you—keep your eye on what you're doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God's servant. (2 Tim 4:3-5)

a Book thought...
Research done in Australia reveals that young adults view God as something akin to a “cosmic butler” to be called on in times of strife or need, but who then quietly exits so as not to cramp our style. (p113 Sayers)
a Dave thought...
LOW-income Melbourne suburbs have fewer supermarkets than more affluent areas, making it harder for parents to buy fresh food, research shows.One-third of children in low-income suburbs don't eat enough fruit and more than half don't eat enough vegetables - and they are most likely to have a high number of fast-food outlets and convenience stores near their homes. In richer areas there are more butchers, greengrocers and supermarkets, making access to cheap, fresh food much easier. Those without cars in poorer areas are hardest hit because of limited access to fresh food by public transport and on foot, two Deakin University studies show.

To reverse the trend we must do our best to provide healthier options to all no matter what suburb someone can afford to live in. It would be great to have the funds to set up a chain of healthy fast food stores that you could also drive-through in all the poorer suburbs, like a good Subway that was quick and a few dollars cheaper.

Just a thought.


Anonymous said...

Great info Dave. I know there is one major supermarket here in town, plus a small IGA. At our supermarket, milk is 30cents more expensive than a supermarket "down the line". So much for standard pricing. Without decent competition, and knowing people have no alternative, at risk people within the community are paying a premium for everyday items.

We have one fruit shop. There are several pizza and fish 'n' chip shops. Although now we have a Subway!

When a community has very limited public transport, and a nigh number of low-socio-economic families, more must be done to help meet affordable basic human needs.

Anonymous said...

There is also the issue which always makes me feel sad about the quality of food that those with less resources can afford. One example being meat - the more expensive cuts are better for you with less fat - the more fat the cheaper therefore many people are left with no other option but to buy unhealthy meat cuts. The same is true for many food lines with many children living on a diet of two minute noodles and baked beans when there isnt enough money to buy more fresh vegetables and fruit.

We seem to have priced the poor out of the healthy food marked.


Anonymous said...

Maybe the lack of variety exists because of low demand.

Perhaps people in poorer areas have a higher demand for junk food, alcohol and gambling services, compared to the more affluent who know how to eat better and control their finances.

If so, the big brother approach of building healthy food outlets in poor suburbs will not be profitable. It will not the underlying reasons for the disparity in demand.

The more you help these type of people, the longer you delay the solution that is really needed - for these same people to help themselves and solve their own problems.

Don't kill them with kindness.