Thursday, November 16, 2006

35 Million Americans Have Food Insecurity

The USDA is removing the word hunger from official reports this year, substituting the phrase "food insecurity" for the 35 million among us who require assistance in putting food on the table at least part of the year.

Of those, 11 million report going hungry at times, so they will now be described as having "very low food insecurity."

"In 1999, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, then running for president, said he thought the annual USDA report -- which consistently finds his home state one of the hungriest in the nation -- was fabricated."

This year the annual USDA report did not appear in October, as usual, but instead was released after the election cycle. How convenient.

Source: Washington Post

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