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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. [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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. [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.

  8. 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?

  9. 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?

  10. [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.

  11. 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.

  12. [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.

  13. [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.

  14. [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.

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

  16. [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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. [re=545351]Prommie[/re]:
    “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.

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

  21. [re=545361]JMP[/re]:
    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.

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

  23. [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.

  24. [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.

  25. [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.

  26. [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.

  27. [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.

  28. [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!

  29. 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!

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