I share this video with a heavy heart. When you think of dirt, what comes to your mind? Dirt in a vegetable garden, or a vehicle covered in mud, or clothes that need a good wash are some images you might think of. But to these people in the following video, dirt means a meal. A meal that will fill their stomachs and ease the pain of hunger.
About 80 percent of people in Haiti live on less then $2 a day. Haitians can purchase these dirt cookies for 5 cents each.
According to Gerald N. Callahan, an immunology professor who has studied geophagy (dirt eating), stated, “Dirt can contain deadly parasites or toxins, but can also strengthen the immunity of fetuses in the womb to certain diseases.” However, Haitian Doctors have stated, “depending on the cookies for sustenance can risk malnutrition.” The mud cookies are made with mud, salt, and margarine.
Watch the video and you’ll soon realize how truly fortunate you are to have the luxury of deciding what you’re next meal is going to be.