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Remember the Food Insecure

1:00 PM -- According to the USDA Economic Research Service Website, "In 2006, USDA introduced new language to describe ranges of severity of food insecurity."

The former "Food insecurity without hunger" is now to be designated "Low food security." "Food insecurity with hunger" is "Very low food security." It's more scientifical-like, you see? "Hunger" is so... personal.

Euphemistic nomenclature aside, elsewhere on the site we find:

  • In 2005, 35 million people lived in food-insecure households, including 12.4 million children.
  • Of these individuals, 7.6 million adults and 3.2 million children lived in households with very low food security.
Thirty-five million in this country are "food insecure." That's slightly more than the entire population of Canada. Where they don't observe Thanksgiving.

Happy holidays, kids!

— Larry, Turkey-Secure Monkey, Light Reading

fgoldstein 12/5/2012 | 3:34:02 AM
re: Remember the Food Insecure Actually, they do observe Thanksgiving in Canada. It was on October 9 this year. You just need to consult the right calendar.

Compared to the US regime, however, they are much less likely to view "very low food security" as the fault of the food-insecure person.
alchemy 12/5/2012 | 3:34:01 AM
re: Remember the Food Insecure fgoldstein writes:
Compared to the US regime, however, they are much less likely to view "very low food security" as the fault of the food-insecure person.

Canada has their own nut log whacko conservatives, too. Alberta is stuffed full of them.
kww 12/5/2012 | 3:34:01 AM
re: Remember the Food Insecure We don't celebrate Thanksgiving at all, but we do have a different solution for "food insecurity" here on Bonaire. There is a price ceiling on what are considered 'basic' foods: rice, beans, goat, a few kinds of vegetables, and at least one other meat (can't remember if it is beef or pork). It's illegal to sell them for over a certain amount, and that amount is calculated to be enough to feed a large family with a single wage earner. It is assumed that everyone can attach themselves to at least one wage earner, and grocery stores are compensated for their loss by the government. Works pretty well. The per-capita income is only around $10K USD, but we have to have restrictive immigration rules to prevent us from being overwhelmed by immigration from neighboring countries, because that standard of living is extremely high in comparison to theirs.
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