Sunday, December 03, 2006

Low Food Security

The lucky citizens in the land of plenty will never again have to endure hunger. The US Department of Agriculture has replaced the condition of 'hunger' with that of 'very low food security'. Though I'd agree with Mark Nord, the lead author of the report, that 'hunger' is not a scientifically accurate term, I find the chosen alternative not so much better. I'd have said the majority of people in the so-called western civilization lives in a state of constant very low food security: one is never quite sure what it is one actually eats. Shockingly, the report finds: "[...] that 12 percent of Americans — 35 million people — could not put food on the table at least part of last year. Eleven million of them reported going hungry at times."

See also:

Political Gateway: USDA eliminates 'hunger' from reports
Seattle Times: U.S. agency changes "hunger" to "very low food security"
SF Chronicle: My stomach is touching my back


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3 comments:

Chinmaya Sheth said...

Shockingly, the report finds: "[...] that 12 percent of Americans — 35 million people — could not put food on the table at least part of last year. Eleven million of them reported going hungry at times."

I don't have any problems with food supply but I am not completely surprised because the the minimum wage here (in the US) is very low ($5.15, depends on the state). I don't know much about economics but minimum wage hasn't gone up in years and the prices of course have. Even if the min wage goes up I would be surprised if it went up by much.

Anonymous said...

THIS IS SHOCKING! what's the minimum wage good for it people can't live from it?

Chinmaya Sheth said...

Anonymous, I am not claiming someone can't live on the current min. wage (there is no data on that I am aware of) just saying its not the best it could be.