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Title: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: SF1900 on February 11, 2013, 03:13:52 PM
Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise
Cookies made of dried yellow dirt become sustenance, livelihood, concern

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ó It was lunchtime in one of Haiti's worst slums and Charlene Dumas was eating mud.

With food prices rising, Haiti's poorest can't afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies.

Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country's central plateau.

The mud has long been prized by pregnant women and children here as an antacid and source of calcium. But in places like Cite Soleil, the oceanside slum where Charlene shares a two-room house with her baby, five siblings and two unemployed parents, cookies made of dirt, salt and vegetable shortening have become a regular meal.

"When my mother does not cook anything, I have to eat them three times a day," Dumas said. Her baby, named Woodson, lay still across her lap, looking even thinner than the 6 pounds, 3 ounces he weighed at birth.

Though she likes their buttery, salty taste, Charlene said the cookies also give her stomach pains. "When I nurse, the baby sometimes seems colicky too," she said.

States of emergency
Food prices around the world have spiked because of higher oil prices, needed for fertilizer, irrigation and transportation. Prices for basic ingredients such as corn and wheat are also up sharply, and the increasing global demand for biofuels is pressuring food markets as well.

The problem is particularly dire in the Caribbean, where island nations depend on imports and food prices are up 40 percent in places.

The global price hikes, together with floods and crop damage from the 2007 hurricane season, prompted the U.N. Food and Agriculture Agency to declare states of emergency in Haiti and several other Caribbean countries.

Caribbean leaders held an emergency summit in December to discuss cutting food taxes and creating large regional farms to reduce dependence on imports.

Dirt cookies become bargains
At the market in the La Saline slum, two cups of rice now sell for 60 cents, up 10 cents from December and 50 percent from a year ago. Beans, condensed milk and fruit have gone up at a similar rate, and even the price of the edible clay has risen over the past year by almost $1.50. Dirt to make 100 cookies now costs $5, the cookie makers say.

Still, at about 5 cents apiece, the cookies are a bargain compared to food staples. About 80 percent of people in Haiti live on less than $2 a day and a tiny elite controls the economy.

Merchants truck the dirt from the central town of Hinche to the La Saline market, a maze of tables of vegetables and meat swarming with flies. Women buy the dirt, then process it into mud cookies in places such as Fort Dimanche, a nearby shanty town.

Carrying buckets of dirt and water up ladders to the roof of the former prison for which the slum is named, they strain out rocks and clumps on a sheet, and stir in shortening and salt. Then they pat the mixture into mud cookies and leave them to dry under the scorching sun.

The finished cookies are carried in buckets to markets or sold on the streets.

An unpleasant taste
A reporter sampling a cookie found that it had a smooth consistency and sucked all the moisture out of the mouth as soon as it touched the tongue. For hours, an unpleasant taste of dirt lingered.

Assessments of the health effects are mixed. Dirt can contain deadly parasites or toxins, but it can also strengthen the immunity of fetuses in the womb to certain diseases, said Gerald N. Callahan, an immunology professor at Colorado State University who has studied geophagy, the scientific name for dirt-eating.

Haitian doctors say depending on the cookies for sustenance risks malnutrition.

"Trust me, if I see someone eating those cookies, I will discourage it," said Dr. Gabriel Thimothee, executive director of Haiti's health ministry.

Marie Noel, 40, sells the cookies in a market to provide for her seven children. Her family also eats them.

"I'm hoping one day I'll have enough food to eat, so I can stop eating these," she said. "I know it's not good for me."


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Marty Champions on February 11, 2013, 03:16:54 PM
they need to eat more pine needles and tree bark IMHO

also some good ole celtic sea salt

most greenage is edible, why dont they eat all that marijuan?


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Fuzzy Nuts on February 11, 2013, 03:21:43 PM
Sucks for them that Wyclef Jean ran off with all that earthquake relief money.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Marty Champions on February 11, 2013, 03:23:22 PM
Sucks for them that Wyclef Jean ran off with all that earthquake relief money.
we dont hear enough about wyclef in the news



Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Sumpa on February 11, 2013, 03:38:31 PM
we dont hear enough about wyclef in the news



He's hanging out with Dr Alban! https://twitter.com/DrAlbanOfficial (https://twitter.com/DrAlbanOfficial)


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: arce1988 on February 11, 2013, 03:40:25 PM
:(


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: SF1900 on February 11, 2013, 03:43:04 PM
Man, how does a country get that poor?  :-\ :-\


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: arce1988 on February 11, 2013, 03:45:11 PM
Nicaragua is super poor too


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: HockeyFightFan on February 11, 2013, 03:47:27 PM
Call liberal crybaby Sean Penn, we're all stocked up on "We Don't Give a Fuck" here.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Irongrip400 on February 11, 2013, 03:53:40 PM
Like the Russian famines of the early 20th century. Too bad they don't have a population that could afford to lose 20 million or so people.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Obvious Gimmick on February 11, 2013, 03:57:54 PM
Rumor has it that Haiti was damned because they chose voodoo over Christianity.


Wooga booga booga!


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Jadeveon Clowney on February 11, 2013, 04:00:49 PM
What's the date of this story, shortstack?

Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise
Cookies made of dried yellow dirt become sustenance, livelihood, concern

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ó It was lunchtime in one of Haiti's worst slums and Charlene Dumas was eating mud.

With food prices rising, Haiti's poorest can't afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies.

Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country's central plateau.

The mud has long been prized by pregnant women and children here as an antacid and source of calcium. But in places like Cite Soleil, the oceanside slum where Charlene shares a two-room house with her baby, five siblings and two unemployed parents, cookies made of dirt, salt and vegetable shortening have become a regular meal.

"When my mother does not cook anything, I have to eat them three times a day," Dumas said. Her baby, named Woodson, lay still across her lap, looking even thinner than the 6 pounds, 3 ounces he weighed at birth.

Though she likes their buttery, salty taste, Charlene said the cookies also give her stomach pains. "When I nurse, the baby sometimes seems colicky too," she said.

States of emergency
Food prices around the world have spiked because of higher oil prices, needed for fertilizer, irrigation and transportation. Prices for basic ingredients such as corn and wheat are also up sharply, and the increasing global demand for biofuels is pressuring food markets as well.

The problem is particularly dire in the Caribbean, where island nations depend on imports and food prices are up 40 percent in places.

The global price hikes, together with floods and crop damage from the 2007 hurricane season, prompted the U.N. Food and Agriculture Agency to declare states of emergency in Haiti and several other Caribbean countries.

Caribbean leaders held an emergency summit in December to discuss cutting food taxes and creating large regional farms to reduce dependence on imports.

Dirt cookies become bargains
At the market in the La Saline slum, two cups of rice now sell for 60 cents, up 10 cents from December and 50 percent from a year ago. Beans, condensed milk and fruit have gone up at a similar rate, and even the price of the edible clay has risen over the past year by almost $1.50. Dirt to make 100 cookies now costs $5, the cookie makers say.

Still, at about 5 cents apiece, the cookies are a bargain compared to food staples. About 80 percent of people in Haiti live on less than $2 a day and a tiny elite controls the economy.

Merchants truck the dirt from the central town of Hinche to the La Saline market, a maze of tables of vegetables and meat swarming with flies. Women buy the dirt, then process it into mud cookies in places such as Fort Dimanche, a nearby shanty town.

Carrying buckets of dirt and water up ladders to the roof of the former prison for which the slum is named, they strain out rocks and clumps on a sheet, and stir in shortening and salt. Then they pat the mixture into mud cookies and leave them to dry under the scorching sun.

The finished cookies are carried in buckets to markets or sold on the streets.

An unpleasant taste
A reporter sampling a cookie found that it had a smooth consistency and sucked all the moisture out of the mouth as soon as it touched the tongue. For hours, an unpleasant taste of dirt lingered.

Assessments of the health effects are mixed. Dirt can contain deadly parasites or toxins, but it can also strengthen the immunity of fetuses in the womb to certain diseases, said Gerald N. Callahan, an immunology professor at Colorado State University who has studied geophagy, the scientific name for dirt-eating.

Haitian doctors say depending on the cookies for sustenance risks malnutrition.

"Trust me, if I see someone eating those cookies, I will discourage it," said Dr. Gabriel Thimothee, executive director of Haiti's health ministry.

Marie Noel, 40, sells the cookies in a market to provide for her seven children. Her family also eats them.

"I'm hoping one day I'll have enough food to eat, so I can stop eating these," she said. "I know it's not good for me."


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Marty Champions on February 11, 2013, 04:31:59 PM
why dont they eat tree leaves and sprouts, moss are they so dumb that they dont save the seeds and plant new food?


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Costanza on February 11, 2013, 04:35:24 PM
I have a friend who's currently traveling around the world and is literally on his way to Haiti from Mexico at this moment. I will send him a message and see if he can bring some supplies.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Schmoff on February 11, 2013, 04:39:23 PM
why black people can not develop civilization on their own?


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Voice of Doom on February 11, 2013, 05:05:23 PM
The story is flawed in it's explanation of the higher food cost.  All commodities cost more because of massive printing by the big Central Banks, Fed, ECB and Japan.  The first wave of exported inflation led to the Spring uprisings in the Middle East...now to the Caribbean, Central America and Venzuela.



Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: MikMaq on February 11, 2013, 05:08:01 PM
Man, how does a country get that poor?  :-\ :-\
You have a slave revolt that keeps your country black listed until 1980 or so.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Marty Champions on February 11, 2013, 05:08:13 PM
why dont they make a big spirulina pool that algae replicates itself, free food for all , you just need flowing water, you could have just one big ppool of free food, are these people choosing to be ignorant?


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: el numero uno on February 11, 2013, 05:19:50 PM
Man, how does a country get that poor?  :-\ :-\

Some groups never evolved.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Schmoff on February 11, 2013, 05:24:19 PM
Some groups never evolved.

you latino people are not civilized either



Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: el numero uno on February 11, 2013, 05:48:14 PM
you latino people are not civilized either



exactly


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Marty Champions on February 11, 2013, 05:55:25 PM
they could build community farms with left over seeds but they are savage?


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Schmoff on February 11, 2013, 05:57:01 PM
very very sad.

maybe some nations should colonize them for 2 or 3 generations.



why?

why should any country take responsibility to take care of an independent country which should be fully responsible for their own people's welfare and basic livelihood?



Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Obvious Gimmick on February 11, 2013, 06:01:44 PM
The US spends billions killing innocent people and supporting those who do the same thing. To allow those people to starve is embarrassing and against our bullshit "Christian" ideals.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Jadeveon Clowney on February 11, 2013, 06:04:53 PM
they could build community farms with left over seeds but they are savage?

if you had a good heart failcon, you would go over there and show them the way.  but I am afraid your heart has become cold and hard living in N. Carolina.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Irongrip400 on February 11, 2013, 06:05:39 PM
why?

why should any country take responsibility to take care of an independent country which should be fully responsible for their own people's welfare and basic livelihood?



Without a bigger nation taking care of them, who'd stop another larger nation from taking over. Law of the jungle, gotta align/merge with someone or get eaten.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: SF1900 on February 11, 2013, 08:11:06 PM
What's the date of this story, shortstack?


Old. 2010. Posted anyway bc it was rather shocking that ppl were eating mud just to live. Sometimes we don't realize what we have.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: HockeyFightFan on February 11, 2013, 08:21:02 PM
Old. 2010. Posted anyway bc it was rather shocking that ppl were eating mud just to live. Sometimes we don't realize what we have.

2010.....kudos on the antique troll.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: BILL ANVIL on February 11, 2013, 08:22:19 PM
Like the Russian famines of the early 20th century. Too bad they don't have a population that could afford to lose 20 million or so people.

yeah and they ended up eating eachother   :(


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: SF1900 on February 11, 2013, 08:23:45 PM
2010.....kudos on the antique troll.

I was not trolling. I really was shocked  :-\


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: quadzilla456 on February 11, 2013, 08:25:36 PM
The US spends billions killing innocent people and supporting those who do the same thing. To allow those people to starve is embarrassing and against our bullshit "Christian" ideals.
There's plenty of black to go around. Worry about starving whites more they are becoming an endangered race. Save the endangered race!


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Jadeveon Clowney on February 11, 2013, 08:26:34 PM
try 2008... but i'm sure not much has changed.  people like johnny failcon refuse to go there and teach them how to improve their lives.  instead he puts in new bathroom floors in north carolina when the old bathroom floor was perfectly fine.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: SF1900 on February 11, 2013, 08:30:54 PM
try 2008... but i'm sure not much has changed.  people like johnny failcon refuse to go there and teach them how to improve their lives.  instead he puts in new bathroom floors in north carolina when the old bathroom floor was perfectly fine.

Oh damn so it makes it worse if it's still like that. Falcon should give them tips about heme iron and olive oil.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: BILL ANVIL on February 11, 2013, 08:32:39 PM
try 2008... but i'm sure not much has changed.  people like johnny failcon refuse to go there and teach them how to improve their lives.  instead he puts in new bathroom floors in north carolina when the old bathroom floor was perfectly fine.

the men could give a fuck, would rather eat dirt than man up and take charge and be constructive. they rape, impregnate , sit in the shade and play cards.. that new well the church group put in goes derelict and children starve die of thirst. they were born to die, just in their genes.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: HockeyFightFan on February 11, 2013, 08:33:49 PM
I was not trolling. I really was shocked  :-\

Isn't Haiti surrounded by water? Can't the lazy fuckers fish?


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Jadeveon Clowney on February 11, 2013, 08:34:24 PM
I pretty much blame the situation in Haiti on the callousness/apathy of Johnny Failcon.  All he can think about is doing dumbbell squats, eating cocoa, painting houses and watching youtube.  Meanwhile people are starving a short flight from him and he can save them.  Instead, by his apathy he condemns them to death.  Crimes against humanity.

I would go help them, but I don't know how to raise crops, etc. I would have to eat mud cookies too.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Marty Champions on February 11, 2013, 08:55:18 PM
all they gotta do is have a spud of spirulina to yeild infinites amounts of protien, just need wind and water, if i have to go there myself i will, but people like wiggs and mesomorhp choose to keep there people down by not sharing this knowledge to there cousins down there. mesophorm only cares about being the best natural bodybuilder and the strongest while wiggs cant even keep his bicycle tire full of air long enough to go further than the gas station for food


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Jadeveon Clowney on February 11, 2013, 08:58:00 PM
all they gotta do is have a spud of spirulina to yeild infinites amounts of protien, just need wind and water, if i have to go there myself i will, but people like wiggs and mesomorhp choose to keep there people down by not sharing this knowledge to there cousins down there. mesophorm only cares about being the best natural bodybuilder and the strongest while wiggs cant even keep his bicycle tire full of air long enough to go further than the gas station for food

as always, you make some good points.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: BILL ANVIL on February 11, 2013, 08:58:19 PM
 ;D


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Nomad on February 11, 2013, 09:05:36 PM
The US spends billions killing innocent people and supporting those who do the same thing. To allow those people to starve is embarrassing and against our bullshit "Christian" ideals.

I believe USA and the rest of the world already threw billions and billions of dollars and Haiti and apparently that did jack shit.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: James28 on February 11, 2013, 10:49:47 PM
Man, how does a country get that poor?  :-\ :-\

Give it to corrupt blacks to run and a population that believes in voodoo.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Jadeveon Clowney on February 11, 2013, 10:58:11 PM
papa doc and bebe doc - both of whom are related to meso on his mother's side.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: James28 on February 11, 2013, 11:01:48 PM
I'd like to correct my post. Give it to any group of blacks to run.

Please see the rest of the ethnic world.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Bad Boy Dazza on February 11, 2013, 11:03:35 PM
The US spends billions killing innocent people and supporting those who do the same thing. To allow those people to starve is embarrassing and against our bullshit "Christian" ideals.

If they are "bullshit" ideals, then how is it embarassing to break them?   


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Bad Boy Dazza on February 11, 2013, 11:05:25 PM
I'd like to correct my post. Give it to any group of blacks to run.

Please see the rest of the ethnic world.

You were saying...

(http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/files/2012/12/obama-briefing-room.jpg)


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: JBGRAY on February 11, 2013, 11:06:28 PM
The Haitians have literally cut down all of their trees and the soil is nigh unusable.  Due to mass deforestation, wasteful utilization of natural resources, and overpopulation it is nearly impossible to sustain any kind of long term farming and technical output to sustain and feed their population.  The waters surrounding Haiti are hopelessly polluted.......in fact, the populace just goes and shits and pisses where ever they feel like it, including on the water's edge.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Bad Boy Dazza on February 11, 2013, 11:11:15 PM
VOODOO - the devil owns Haiti.  Unbelievers pay attention.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Kwon_2 on February 11, 2013, 11:14:34 PM
Can they not create farms, grow wheat etc?

Or is their soil not able to grow wheat, rice, vegetables etc?


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: pedro01 on February 11, 2013, 11:22:25 PM
I have a friend who's currently traveling around the world and is literally on his way to Haiti from Mexico at this moment. I will send him a message and see if he can bring some supplies.


He may have a problem bringing dirt into the country....


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Kim Jong Bob on February 11, 2013, 11:58:33 PM
He's hanging out with Dr Alban! https://twitter.com/DrAlbanOfficial (https://twitter.com/DrAlbanOfficial)
lol dr alban. thats one weird negro


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: snx on February 12, 2013, 05:14:00 AM
For what it's worth, if that happens here, my family isn't eating dirt cookies.

We'll eat people instead. Sweeney Todd style.


Title: Re: Haitiís poor resort to eating mud as prices rise- Mud Cookies
Post by: Schmoff on February 12, 2013, 08:55:26 AM
interesting,

no blacks have posted in this thread so far