Grocery shopping is not one of my favorite things to do.  It is a necessary evil, since everyone has to eat, and the food won't walk itself from the farm to the table.  That isn't what that movement is talking about.

Anyway, I have to go to the store this morning.  It means I had to spend time last night thinking about what I am going to cook for my family for the next couple of weeks.  My family isn't vegetarian, so there will be meat.  I know the whole thing is upsetting to those who are morally opposed, so I won't get into the whole "meat is bad" thing.  I think in a way they are right, but I like the taste.  It doesn't justify the whole thing, and I am sorry. 

Budgeting is the key for me.  I am spending as carefully as I can, while trying to satisfy many different picky eaters.  Fortunately, we have no food allergies, and no one is into organic, or needs gluten free.  What bothers me with the grocery shopping is two things. First, the ever increasing costs of the food. 

It seems food costs more all the time.  Does it cost more to ship it?  Sure.  Does it cost more to grow it? I guess so. Should someone be seeing more of a profit from the food?  I would think so.  That someone, however, does not appear to be farmers.  How does that happen?  I am still trying to figure it out.

Second issue: So many more people are on food stamps now than in the past.  I am not a person who wants to take all these people off of it.  In Missouri, people have to prove they are working, or trying to get a job in order to keep getting the benefits.  And that seems fair to me.  No, my problem is, why are the amounts of the benefits exactly the same as they were when prices were a lot lower?  How the heck is anyone supposed to be using this as a supplement for food for their families when they are underemployed? 

This would not bother me so much if our elected officials were making the same amount of money they were years ago, and it matched the old days amount that the food stamp benefits do.  It wouldn't bother me so much if the people who depend on the money didn't live in neighborhoods where it is hard to find a real grocery store.  And, it wouldn't bother me so much if the assistance being given ever really did things to promote improvement of quality of life.  But it still seems we want to throw money and not spend time working things out.  Money is easy. Working toward something isn't.

But, I still have to go shopping.  Life goes on, and people struggle to make it through.  That is just part of life.  I wish, sometimes, things were done in a more intelligent way, and that our government could work smart, for once.  Maybe some day......

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