04 July 2014

Eating contests and starving babies

The news media are covering today's annual Nathan's hot dog eating contest at Coney Island as if it's an athletic event.

But it's not. It's quite the opposite, actually. It's gluttony. Unhealthy gluttony. And gluttony is as disgusting today as it was in the days of the ancient Romans.

But the American media are celebrating this gluttony - even as some 16 million children in this country currently experience food insecurity. These children don't know where their next meal will come from - or when - while food is being wasted on those Coney Island gluttons.

Enjoy your holiday picnics on this U.S. Independence Day. But please don't waste food. And, if you do, please atone by making a donation to Feeding America or your local food bank.

1 comment:

  1. With just a little creativity, the contest could be turned into a way to make people more aware of food insecurity. For instance, spectators could pledge $1 or more per each hotdog consumed by their favorite contestant and the money could go to Feeding America. What ever happened to American ingenuity (and our "legendary" generosity)?