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Healthy families

Posted: June 9, 2010 10:14 p.m.
Updated: June 10, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

The picture of a French man with his beret, bicycle, cheese, baguette and a bottle of wine is obsolete. Kids and their families (merci for the junk food) are obese, overweight and diabetics.

It is frightening knowing that a combo meal is cheaper than a salad there (in France). My family tells me that they are lucky to have a big garden to grow fruits and vegetables.

They eat a lot but small quantities of everything (healthy cooking). For them it is fine, but for the others, what are their choices? "Junky food." How did that happen so fast in France?

The young couples with one or two children cannot afford to buy expensive food such as:

- Fruits, which are not ripe most of the time

- Fresh vegetables

- Healthy cooking oils

- Grains

- Dairy products

- Meat (except for with a lot of fat)

- Fish, seafood

- Spices (fresh or powder)

- Even onions and garlic

Everything written above about France today has been that way for decades in America. It is even worse now, because the trend is to eat healthy and the prices of produce go up and up. Not fair!

If my grandchildren would become familiar with mandatory cooking classes (as boys and girls of my generation did at school), they would cook healthy meals for their children. It would create teaching jobs as well as new agricultural jobs.

Meanwhile, I wish we would have a market once or twice a week or on the weekend to buy produce grown by our local farmers.

I love Canyon Country, and I would like this part of Santa Clarita to be treated as we treat Valencia. After all, we are one city.

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