Chef Explains What’s Wrong With US Food Industry In Two Photos (20 pics)

Posted in INTERESTING       5 May 2020       4991       8

José Andrés is a chef and founder of World Central Kitchen (WCK), a non-profit devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters

He expressed his thoughts on the current food industry and its flaws in a Twitter thread

The man used a juxtaposition of two images taken in Idaho and San Antonio to perfectly illustrate how flawed the current system is. One picture showcases piles and piles of potatoes that were discarded by farmers because no one would buy them as the commercial demand decreased drastically following the lockdown. On the other side, however, thousands of cars could be seen lined up in front of the San Antonio food bank. As millions lost their jobs and source of income, many found themselves seeking help from food banks, which, unfortunately, were quickly overwhelmed by so many new applicants.

So how did this happen? How could two such photographs from the same country at the same time exist? That’s where Andrés steps in to explain that the food industry in America is flawed. “It’s because all along the way, we have a food supply chain that we treat as invisible when it’s working…and only notice it when it’s not,” the chef said. He added that the people behind World Central Kitchen are doing all they can to bridge the gap between the farmers and the hungry, however, Andrés also admitted that their efforts are not enough and the government had to step in.

Concluding his Twitter thread, the famous chef rallied people to make their voices be heard and encourage their representatives to take action and responsibility:

“Call your elected officials & ask what they are doing to make food part of the solution. Ask what specific legislation they are supporting to increase #SNAP, empower food banks & non profits, involve restaurants, and ensure the govt is buying from farms. Accept nothing less.”

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Robert 3 month s ago
It is the responsibility of our FEMA management to redirect the food chain by deploying stand-by government services, and federally paid employees like the national guard in time of disaster instead of directing police to monitor social distancing orders. While the national guard and its logistical abilities sit idle, billions of dollars worth of food go to waste. This is how our government fails us. It is more "us against them" and they still get paid and enjoy all of the privileges of office while they watch our country burn.
       
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Eleanor 3 month s ago
Robert, perfectly said.

Vonna, I thought that looked off. Food banks don’t have multi lane drive ups - they’re just little buildings usually inner city. But it’s true the food banks are inundated with all the people who lost their jobs recently. I’ve seen lines going on for blocks.
       
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Vonna 3 month s ago
Aaaaaaaa…...The picture of the vehicles supposed to be waiting in line at a food bank in San Antonio is actually our staging area for our Volkswagen TDI (Diesel) buy back program.
       
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Matty 3 month s ago
i dont see a problem. i see that how much Americans probably over consume and corporations just keep churning out products regardless if it sells. this happened even before Corona to artificially inflate pricing. the general public doesn't have access to this supply of the means to transport etc. Just Another Celeb Screaming At the Public to do Something.
       
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Elysia 3 month s ago
When I read the title I thought it was a whole different subject and the first photo would be a fat person and the other a mcdrive
       
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Lu 3 month s ago
Beggars.
If they have a car and money for the gas they surely have the money for 3 potatoes.
Also, it seems they have a lot of free time to stay in line to get free food. Grab a rake or something. Get to work! Grow your own food!
       
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Marian 3 month s ago
1000% BS Story. - because people in a line of traffic ALWAYS stay perfectly aligned like the photo. Fake news! and potatoes don't get discarded - if anything they are turned into animal feed.
       
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Ellen 3 month s ago
I agree with the half of the world is starving and the other half is trying to loose weight thing.
       
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