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Scary stats on hunger

November 16, 2009 - Per Peterson
If you’re bummin’ because you think your job stinks, or because your wardrobe needs updating, or because your favorite hair stylist just quit and left town, consider this: More than one in seven American households struggled to put enough food on the table in 2008. Now that’s something to bum about. That statistic was released by the United States Agriculture Department on Monday and should be a real eyebrow raiser. It’s about 49 million people, or nearly 15 percent of U.S. households. The USDA calls not having enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle “food insecurity.” I call it sad. I call it embarrassing for what’s supposed to be the best country in the world. The one in seven is the highest rate since the USDA began tracking food security levels in 1995. The USDA’s report also showed an increasing number of children in the United States are suffering. In 2008, 16.7 million children were classified as not having enough food, 4.3 million more than in 2007. This is a problem that’s getting worse. It’s not at third-world level by any means, but it should be cause for alarm to our government.


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