Saturday, September 20, 2008

Heather Mills: Where's the beef

It would be wrong, of course, to condemn a woman for an act of charity too harshly, but in this instance, it's difficult to say where the condemnation might start to reach the point of too harsh.

It's undeniable that the Bronx suffers from pockets of terrible poverty; and that children there often have bad diets and relatively high levels of obesity. Heather Mills response?

She has - very, very publicly - donated a million dollars worth of soy burgers and soy chicken cutlets to the borough.

Clearly, she's forgotten the old adage 'give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish, and he will eat for life; give a room full of kids a soyburger and you'll find an awful lot of soyburgers shoved into the flowerpots round the edge of the room.

It's well-meaning - if you can get past the suspicion that it's more about Mills than the obese kids of the Brox - but completely misses the point; a million dollars would be better spent helping create the conditions in which better nutrition is a choice, rather than swamping the area with a brief pulse of food made from pulses.