March 3rd, 2003


The future is now

Fantastic article at Wired about the progress we've made in the last 100 years in standard of living.

A smart shopper can buy a 5-pound bag of Gold Medal flour for 69 cents. That's enough to feed three people for a day - 7,500 easy-to-digest, relatively nutritious, and potentially tasty calories. All for less than 0.7 percent of an average American's income.

The 7,500 calories in today's bag of flour would equal the diet of a four-person peasant family for a whole day; the difference is that it would take three days of medieval work to afford.

From 300 percent to 0.7 percent: By the bags-of-flour standard, we are some 430 times wealthier than our typical rural ancestors of half a millennium ago. Today - at least for the average American - getting enough calories to stay healthy has dropped off the radar screen. Quite the contrary: The surgeon general has warned that obesity is a literal threat to national security.

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Erin had food poisoning last night, so I was up from 3:00 - 4:15 being comforting.

If I'd grumpily offended anyone today I hereby apologse.

Oh, and then Hugh came round and I assisted while he did lots of DIY stuff. Yay Hugh!

And now I'm going to chill for half an hour and then go to bed.

Night all!