In the socialist paradise of Venezuela, President Maduro has found a cure for the worldwide obesity problem — food shortages and high inflation. His people get to eat the smallest portions of the cheapest food. They can even eat stray cats, pink flamingos and scrounge through garbage for food.
Venezuelans live under the most dire conditions and have been reduced to eating dogs, cats, donkeys, pink flamingos and even anteaters just to survive. Some rummage through garbage for meals.
A 2016 study from La Encuesta Condiciones de Vida (Encovi) – in English, The 2016 Living Conditions Survey — conducted a survey of 6,500 families found that a little over 32 percent of Venezuelan households eat only once or twice everyday. 93.3 percent said their income does not support their costs for food, and thus they have resorted to cheaper foods such as vegetables. Namely potatoes.
Due to this, almost 75 percent of the Venezuelan population has lost an average of 19 pounds.
Mothers learn to go without eating so the children can.
“What I have at home is enough to give them a plain arepa, and it’s very little for each one,” the woman, Grecia Gonzalez, told CNN en Español, referring to the traditional white corn cakes. “And for me, I don’t care about going without eating. As a mother you’re always thinking about feeding (your children).”
Research shows that this is becoming more and more common.
Meat and chicken, which in 2015 were the fourth- and fifth-most purchased grocery products, respectively, were overtaken in 2016 by vegetables and tubers.
Forced vegetable eating.
Venezuelans can’t get toilet paper, healthcare supplies, or most basic goods and can’t afford to pay for imports.
CNN admits the government is desperately strapped for cash after years of mismanagement of its funds, heavy spending on poorly run government programs, and lack of investment on its oil fields.
“Sometimes I get full, but sometimes not,” Gonzalez’s 10-year-old daughter, who has been diagnosed with moderate malnutrition, said. “Rice with salad, sometimes… and in the morning we eat rice cakes or a small arepa. It’s been awhile since I’ve eaten meat, chicken.”
Maduro likes to deny there is a crisis but on Sunday, he increased 42% for food vouchers some Venezuelan workers receive.
Even more ridiculous than Maduro is the UN.
In 2015, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization recognized Venezuela for its efforts to combat hunger. The country’s vice president at the time, in accepting the honor, said more than 95% of Venezuelans were eating three meals per day. That year’s ENCOVI survey estimated that figure to be closer to 89%.
Socialism works! For a little while. Then you end up eating garbage.