20 Sep '12, 9pm
Spreading the loaf: A bakers cooperative with a vision for change
If you’re part of the 47 percent of Americans with the audacity to feel entitled to food, these are trying times. The price of both wheat and corn jumped 25 percent from June to July of this year. For people who are already food-insecure — lacking dependable access to nutrition — price shocks can be particularly devastating. In the developing world, famine serves as a catalyst for political unrest , but even in the U.S., where we spend less on food than any other country , price hikes of basics like milk and bread don’t go unnoticed. Low-income Americans use a greater portion of their budgets for food — 17 percent — than the middle or upper class. For those already scraping to get by, a 50-cent increase in the cost of a loaf of bread is a big deal. To Emily Chavez, “the idea that someone shouldn’t have bread because they don’t have money is crazy. It’s so basic.” (See how ...