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Plumpy! Nuts!HERE, READ THIS IMPORTANT THING ON FOOD AID: So apparently there are these things called “ready-to-use therapeutic foods,” and they do miracle things for malnourished babies and mothers. But the US does not spend food-aid money on these RUTFs, because they’re usually manufactured overseas and US food aid $$ have to be spent on food made stateside. So now some lady has started up an RUTF-making plant in beautiful Providence, Rhode Island! But really the very important take-away is this: her product, the miracle food that saves the lives of little starving babies, is called Plumpy’nut. This is also the name of Sarah Palin’s seventeenth child. [Newsweek]

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  • blkblt

    That squirrel looks delicious.

  • ManchuCandidate

    The TruckNutz of Baby Food.

  • Terry

    She’s the first company? I read an article about a food company in New Jersey, either Italian or Jewish soups, that has a branch working on products like this. The new president of the company (grandson or son of the founder) has a degree in food science and they were running trials on a peanut butter based product in Haiti about a year ago. I’m blanking on the name of the company. I see the soups in the grocery store regularly, too. Hmmm. Gonna have to google that one.

  • Nappied Hypotenuse

    [re=545335]blkblt[/re]: Yer givin’ Huckabee ideas you are.

  • JMP

    Yeah, someone needs to rethink using that name in the US; we’ve got enough plumpy kids here. Why, we’re so fat here that even our squirrels are obese. While there’s sadly a malnutrition problem here, it’s an issue of food quality, not quantity.

  • Katydid

    God, we are a country of fucks.

  • Mr Blifil

    Easy to Store, Easy to Open, Easy to Eat!

    Hey America, Come Bust a Plumpy’nut!

  • What Fresh Hell is This?

    Thank you for reminding me for another reason why I am pissed. U.S. emergency food policy should be directed by the State Department, not Monsanto. Locally-produced food sat in warehouses in East Africa with no buyers and no market, and U.S.-convoyed food drove right past. People starve because we value U.S. sales over building local production.

  • Prommie

    [re=545341]Terry[/re]: Tabatchnik? Monkey Joe’s Big Nut Company? (That is a real company, BTW, and a complete win).

  • Johnny Zhivago

    [re=545335]blkblt[/re]: Squirrels ARE delicious, but very high in cholestorol.

  • magic titty

    sounds like a Ron Jeremy orgasm.

  • V572625694

    [re=545341]Terry[/re]: Nah, don’t google it. Too much trouble. It’s more fun just to rely on whatever you partly remember, and enter it here with stately authority. That’s what I do.

  • gurukalehuru

    Amidst all of the horrific snarkability that makes up the news of the day on any given day, this is actually a ray of hope, decency and common sense.
    The name does need work, though.

  • What Fresh Hell is This?

    And another thing: I live in Alabama, with some of the highest youth diabetes and obesity numbers in the country. Poor, rural Black kids get the bulk of their calories from cheap, bad, food. The whole food stamp/public assistance guidelines haven’t helped. Thank you Department of Agriculture and the Ag/Food lobbies!

  • Johnny Zhivago

    [re=545341]Terry[/re]: Fatables? Plumpn’lov? Porkables? Belli-Busters? Hippo-treats?

  • JMP

    [re=545350]What Fresh Hell is This?[/re]: Hell, all food policy is fucked up, because it’s driven completely by the interests of the farmers, not the consumers. It’s one of the main reasons Americans are so fat; we’ve got to subsidize the production of unhealthy, highly fattening corn syrup over the healthier cane sugar because corn is farmed in America, and sugar in other countries.

    Fuck the farmers.

  • freakishlystrong

    Rodents Of Unusual Size.

  • Prommie

    [re=545362]freakishlystrong[/re]: They’re just a myth.

  • the problem child
  • Larry Fine

    Our cousins the gorillas and chimpanzees eat termites, leaves, and other easy access food, and they do very well. Why can’t humans eat the same diet as thier great ape relatives?

  • Chickensmack

    From the article: “What makes it practically farcical is the fact that those exports come primarily from the biggest U.S. commodities—wheat, soy, and corn—which don’t have the nutrients needed to treat malnourished kids.”

    Bullshit. That stuff is GREAT for our kids. Not good enough for them furriners?

  • Prommie

    [re=545361]JMP[/re]: New Coke. Remember, New Coke, it was not the most monstrous american business failure, as it is portrayed, it was the most monstrous success. It allowed Coke to take the original recipe off the market, for just a few months, and then, when they re-introduced what we were told was Coke Classic, we had, they counted on it, forgotten the flavor, and didn’t notice that they had switched from using expensive foreign cane sugar to using cheap domestic ConAgra high fructose corn syrup. Drink a Mexican Coke, the difference is enormous.

  • Hemp Dogbane

    Squirrel smoothies?

  • Troubledog

    The most worthless masters degrees:
    1) Social Work
    2) Human Nutrition

    And I’m gonna hollow out that squirrel and use it as a head cover for my new titanium driver.

  • PsycGirl

    [re=545353]Johnny Zhivago[/re]: It is also very hard to prepare and serve squirrel meat without getting some squirrel hair in the final product. Being from NC, I know this for a fact.

  • GoinGreen

    [re=545368]Larry Fine[/re]: It’s a matter of numbers, my friend. Do you really want 6.5bil people stealing the food of ole Silverback. P.S. – Plumpynut will probably get the shit sued out of them for patent infringement, just as the last 4000ish companies who tried to manufacture and distribute this bionic peanut butter in the US. There in lies the rub, the overseas manufacturers don’t really want to save people, they REALLY want US aid money – because it is far bigger than the profits they can get from skinny Ethiopians. And. Also.

  • mirrorball

    Sorry, Anderson Cooper beat you to this almost three years ago (except for the part that it’s made in Rhode Island)

    I can’t believe i remembered that story. Maybe it was just the idea of saying “Anderson Cooper” and “plumy nut” in the same breath.

  • S.Luggo

    Plumpy’nut? Limbaugh claims it’s a trademark viloation.

  • JMP

    [re=545370]Prommie[/re]: Isn’t it Passover now? I need to remember which places nearby have the kosher Coke; they also use the real sugar for that, but only sell it this of year.

  • ArkansasFred

    We already have domestically manufactured RUTF’s They’re called Lunchables. And yes, they’re totally safe for malnourished newborns.

  • TGY

    I haz an angry.

  • norbizness

    And they manufacture HOT BOTTLED WATER FOR DEHYDRATED CHILDREN in Vermont.

  • TGY


  • Ruhe

    [re=545374]PsycGirl[/re]: What you do is singe the hair off first in an open fire and then skin and dress the animal to get to the meat. Stinky but effective.

  • What Fresh Hell is This?

    And ONE MORE THING! (Okay, the topic royally pisses me off).

    The Hain Celestial Food Group owns Celestial Seasonings Hain, Westbrae, Westsoy, Arrowhead Mills, Health Valley, Imagine Foods (Rice Dream), etc.
    Heinz owns a chunk of Hain Celestial.

    Cascadian Farms and Muir Glen are General Mills.
    Odwalla is Coca-Cola.
    Boca Burgers is Kraft Foods (Philip Morris).
    Morningstar Farms is Kellogg.
    Kashi is Kellogg.
    Arrowhead Water and Poland Spring Water are owned by Nestle.
    Seeds of Change is owned by M&M Mars Candy.
    Knudsen, After the Fall and Santa Cruz Organics are owned by Smuckers.

  • saradc

    Actually, maybe someone already said this, but Plumpy Nut was originally manufactured by a French company… Luckily assistance from other foreign donors has allowed local production of RUTF from locally sourced ingredients. So, enhancing livelihoods while feeding people. Way too sensible for US Food Assistance policy. I have watched too many times a warehouse being filled with food “FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE” that has just been shipped all the way around the world to Mombasa, Kenya, only to then be trucked overland to Northern Uganda. But feel patriotic, it’s always on US cargo ships and US logistics firms.

  • TGY

    [re=545385]Ruhe[/re]: Hucks says fried hair can be quite tasty.

  • jetjaguar


    That squirrel reminds me of someone….

  • Prommie

    [re=545378]JMP[/re]: yes, as a cane sugar Coke junky, yes indeedy, look for the coke bottles with the blue caps, therein lies the real stuff.

  • HipHopOpotamus

    [re=545370]Prommie[/re]: [re=545378]JMP[/re]: beat me to it. Look for the yellow cap.

  • Monsieur Grumpe
  • Ruhe

    [re=545389]jetjaguar[/re]: It’s perfect that he’s a Golden rather than a Grey. Larger but more easily frightened.

  • S.Luggo

    [re=545368]Larry Fine[/re]: They do. This is the diet that has made teabaggers strong and loud. KFC also.

  • Sharkey

    [re=545386]What Fresh Hell is This?[/re]: So? Wonkette is pwned by Siemens but we read it anyway.

  • Terry

    “Tabatchnik? Monkey Joe’s Big Nut Company? (That is a real company, BTW, and a complete win).”

    Tabatchnik! That’s it! They’ve got a peanut butter nutrition bar/pouch, too.

  • the problem child

    Hold on, except for the nutritional additives, this is my mother’s recipe for peanut butter balls! And yes, they do keep kids happy.

  • Chickensmack

    [re=545397]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: It’s in that metric foreign language. no wonder we hates it.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Actually, most farmers don’t benefit from Farm Policy.

    It’s Big Agra that does. Farm policy fucks farmers because they’re forced to overgrow shit like corn and beef making it artificially cheap, lowering Big Agra’s costs as Earl “Warm Place to shit” Butz intended (thanks to help from Nixon.) And then Big Agra turns around and fucks the consumer by jacking up prices as high as they can.

  • V572625694

    [re=545385]Ruhe[/re]: Mmm — singed squirrel hair. Got any possum recipes?

  • Doglessliberal

    CUTIE picture. That must be her spokes-squirrel: Mr. Plump E. Nutz.

  • WadISay

    How come America hasn’t made Twinkies and Doritos into RUTFs?

  • chaste everywhere

    Rolling Upon The Floor: Lunchables Make America Obese.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    [re=545386]What Fresh Hell is This?[/re]: Quit whining and just grow yer own, ya damn hippie!

  • proudgrampa

    Jebus. That squirrel is the size of a 747.

  • sezme

    Obama the nerd knows this stuff! These ultra-nutritious foods are called Lembas, and are manufactured in Lothlórien. So: Unamerican. Damn communist elves.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    [re=545410]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Sounds like someone here (besides me) has dipped into “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.”

    Scary stuff.

  • Ruhe

    [re=545411]V572625694[/re]: I am so glad my pet possums, Glenn and Sean, can’t read as they would be shocked and disgusted by your comment.

  • JMP

    [re=545410]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Looking at it as a consumer, though, most farmers are big agra; that’s who produces the vast majority of the food we eat, not the old-fashioned and mostly obsolete family farmers.

  • Cape Clod

    [re=545377]S.Luggo[/re]: Limbaugh holds the copyright on PhatNut, his energy snack made from peanuts, baby seal, piping plovers and polar bears. K-Lo owns PlumpyNut.

  • SayItWithWookies

    [re=545386]What Fresh Hell is This?[/re]: Yeah, and I’m a wholly owned subsidiary of Alien Overlords, Inc., what of it? Just like everything is socialism to some extent, everything is also big corporations. And Morningstar Farms Meal Starters (the steak-ish ones especially) make the best faux Philly cheesesteaks around, so I’ll be damned if I’m giving them up.

  • PsycGirl

    [re=545398]Ruhe[/re]: The squirrel or Rush Limbaugh?
    [re=545385]Ruhe[/re]: I’ve learned so much on Wonkette. I’ll pass this along to the actual offending chef.

  • V572625694

    [re=545438]Ruhe[/re]: Well I was assuming the recipe would be for roadkill opossum — already tenderized by 18-wheelers!

  • Johnny Zhivago

    [re=545374]PsycGirl[/re]: Cook em???? We eat them whole!!!

    Got a whole new perspective on our cat when he caught a squirrel, dragged it into the house and apparently started eating it, head first.

  • sati demise

    [re=545350]What Fresh Hell is This?[/re]: yea, that is yet another fresh hell, when people are starving and food is locked up in a warehouse because ? no profit?

    Is that the squirrel who water skis? I love that squirrel!

  • bitchincamaro

    I heard some story on the BBC the other day about a biodegradable dookie- sack. It’s funnel shaped, you do your bizness in it, tie it off, and chuck it into the garden. The special bio-ingredient inside the sack converts the waste into a safe for humans fertilizer. Ship them out with these here Plumpy’Nutz and the circle is complete. Huzzah!

  • GOPCrusher

    I thought the seventeenth Palin child was to be named TruckNutz?

  • GOPCrusher

    [re=545374]PsycGirl[/re]: Barbecued squirrel and squirrel chili are both proof that God loves us and want us to be happy.

  • sanantonerose

    Soylent Squirrel.

  • Bearbloke

    [re=545509]SayItWithWookies[/re]: “…I’m a wholly owned subsidiary of Alien Overlords, Inc…”

    You’re a Scientologist?