Hunger in America: 2013 United States Hunger and Poverty Facts

Logo of the Fight Hunger: Walk the World campaign

Logo of the Fight Hunger: Walk the World campaign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a truly amazing read about the increase in hunger in the US since the financial crash in 2008. It’s a MUST READ, in my view. Check it out!

via Hunger in America: 2013 United States Hunger and Poverty Facts.

The US statistics talk of “food insecure“, rather than plain, old-fashioned,  hunger; perhaps that’s an attempt to play down the impact in America’s increasingly divided society?

I wonder whether the comparable statistic would be worse than one-in-seven in troubled European economies? Consider, the case of Greece, Spain, Portugal Cyprus, and perhaps the UK? We know that in Europe as a result of excessive austerity, there is increasing dependency on food banks.

Meanwhile, countries like the US and the UK continue to maintain their foreign aid budgets.

Two open questions come to mind:

  1. How much of the increase in hunger is due to an increasing dependence or indeed addiction to junk-food diet?
  2. What about starting the day with a low-cost staple, like porridge-oats?

Any thoughts?

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EUROPA – PRESS RELEASES – Press release – Transport: Commission urges Italy, Cyprus and Greece to implement EU rules to unblock congestion in Europe’s airspace

This European Commission (EU) press release

 

European flag outside the Commission

European flag outside the Commission (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

caught my attention. It’s WORTH A READ. Check it out!

 

via EUROPA – PRESS RELEASES – Press release – Transport: Commission urges Italy, Cyprus and Greece to implement EU rules to unblock congestion in Europe’s airspace.

 

Whilst, I have no major argument against the substance of the press-release per-se, what caught my attention was the strong-arm tactics used by the EC against Southern Europe. Why did the EC need to cite Italy, Cyprus and Greece in the title?

 

Let me turn this to an open question:

 

Does the EC have too much power and is their a case for return of power to national governments?

 

Any thoughts?

 

 

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