November 20, 2009

Hungry Americans

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report says that 49 million Americans had food insecurity last year. That's about the same number as the number of uninsured Americans.

The New York Times has reported about it here ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/17/us/17hunger.html

Of course, one has to be careful about what the report really talks about and the methodology it used to reach its finding.

"Food insecurity" in America has got to be vastly different than the kind of endemic, gross undernutrition which is a daily reality for hundreds of millions of people in India and many countries in Africa.

The difference is this: it's considered to be an issue in America while in India poverty is a fact of life almost on a par with a rule of nature like the Sun rising every morning from the East.

Uncle Sam also has deep pockets and so hands out food stamps to those who are eligible ...

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