There’s probably more insecurity in America than in other advanced countries. Gallup, the polling organization, asked people worldwide in 2011 whether in the last 12 months they didn’t have enough money for food. Twenty one percent of Americans said they didn’t have enough at some point, compared to 8% of Brits, 6% of Swedes, and 5% of Germans.
The recession sent a lot of people to food stamps and food banks, despite major cuts to federal food stamp programs recently. Between 2007 and 2012, the use of federal food assistance programs roughly doubled. USDA chief Tom Vilsack says we need to maintain the food stamp programs that « prevented millions of Americans from falling into poverty or becoming food insecure during the most difficult stretches. » And he also calls on companies and the public sector to « invest in our rebounding rural communities—the place that produces our food, fiber, and fuel. »
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