Haitians Result to Eating Dirt

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Haitians Result to Eating Dirt

The Haiti people live on a very small few populated island of 8,288,000 next to the Dominican Republic. Due to the result of the very poor economy and the oil prices raising this makes the food prices rise and make them unaffordable for the average people to buy. When you have no money to buy food, you have to fall back to making “dirt cookies” made from dried yellow dirt, salt, and vegetable shortening this has become a regular meal for the Haiti community. For the Port-au-Prince’s to make money they have to make bucket loads of cookies to be sold at markets, or on the streets for about U.S. $0.05. For some of them this is their only source of income, thus so making it hard for them to survive just on dirt and rice. According to Dr. Gerald N. Callahan, “Dirt can contain deadly parasites or toxins, but can also strengthen the immunity of fetuses in the womb to certain diseases.” Therefore eating dirt cookies can have some positive effects to you and some very harmful negative effects to your body. The purpose and focus of this article is to help others realize what the Haiti people have to go through just to survive on food and to a little money by selling their dirt cookies. With food prices rising, Haiti’s poorest cannot afford even a daily plate of rice, and some must take desperate measures to fill their bellies. (Katz, 2008) The objective of this article is to inform others around the world just how fine of a living culture they have compared to the Haiti people. As you can see there are many problems the people of Haiti are facing including: hunger, economical financial issues, and possible health issues from eating dirt that deadly parasites and toxins could be in. A solution for Haiti is very difficult because they are one of the most poverty

countries in the world being in debt $1,448,000,000.00: 34% GDP annually, the debt per person is $17,200,000.00 US, and annual income of only $440 per family. Being in debt...
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