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