Category: Economic Collapse

Epidemic Of Hunger: New Report Says 49 Million Americans Are Dealing With Food Insecurity

Epidemic Of Hunger - New Report Says 49 Million Americans Are Dealing With Food Insecurity

If the economy really is “getting better”, then why are nearly 50 million Americans dealing with food insecurity? In 1854, Henry David Thoreau observed that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation”. The same could be said of our time. In America today, most people are quietly scratching and clawing their way from month to month. Nine of the top ten occupations in the U.S. pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year, but those that actually are working are better off than the millions upon millions of Americans that can’t find jobs. The level of employment in this nation has remained fairly level since the end of the last recession, and median household income has gone down for five years in a row. Meanwhile, our bills just keep going up and the cost of food is starting to rise at a very frightening pace. Family budgets are being squeezed tighter and tighter, and more families are falling out of the middle class every single day. In fact, a new report by Feeding America (which operates the largest network of food banks in the country) says that 49 million Americans are “food insecure” at this point. Approximately 16 million of them are children. It is a silent epidemic of hunger that those living in the wealthy areas of the country don’t hear much about. But it is very real.

The mainstream media and our politicians continue to insist that “things are getting better”, and that may be true for Wall Street, but the man who was in charge of the new Feeding America report says that the level of suffering for the tens of millions of Americans that are food insecure has not changed…

Nothing is getting better,” said Craig Gundersen, lead researcher of the report, “Map the Meal Gap 2014,” and an expert in food insecurity and food aid programs.”

Let’s stop talking about the end of the Great Recession until we can make sure that we get food insecurity rates down to a more reasonable level,” he added. “We’re still in the throes of the Great Recession, from my perspective.”

In fact, a different report seems to indicate that hunger in America is actually getting worse…

Children’s HealthWatch, a network of doctors and public health researchers who collect data on children up to 4 years old, says 29% of the households they track were at risk of hunger last year, compared with 25% the year before.

If someone tries to tell you that “the economy is getting better”, that person is probably living in a wealthy neighborhood. Because those that live in poor neighborhoods would not describe what is going around them as an “improvement”.

In particular, many minority neighborhoods are really dealing with extremely high levels of food insecurity right now. The following comes from a recent NBC News article…

“Minorities are facing serious hunger issues. Ninety-three percent of counties with a majority African-American population fall within the top 10 percent of food-insecure counties, while 60 percent of majority American Indian counties fall in that category.”

But if you don’t live in one of those areas and you don’t know anyone that is facing food insecurity, it can be difficult to grasp just how much people are actually suffering out there right now.

For example, consider the story of a young mother named Tianna Gaines Turner…

Tianna Gaines Turner can’t remember the last time she went to bed without worrying about how she was going to feed her three children.

She can’t remember the last time she woke up and wasn’t worried about how she and her husband would make enough in their part-time jobs to buy groceries and pay utilities on their apartment in a working-class section of Philadelphia.

And she can’t remember the last time she felt confident she and her husband wouldn’t have to skip meals so their children could eat.

Have you ever been in a position where you had to skip meals just so that other family members could have something to eat?

I haven’t, so it is hard for me to imagine having to do such a thing. But there are millions of parents that are faced with these kinds of hard choices every day.

Things can be particularly hard if you are a single parent. Just consider the story of Jamie Grimes…

After Jaime Grimes found out in January that her monthly food stamps would be cut again, this time by $40, the single mother of four broke down into sobs — then she took action.

The former high school teacher made a plan to stretch her family’s meager food stores even further. She used oatmeal and ground beans as filler in meatloaf and tacos. She watered down juice and low-fat milk to make it last longer. And she limited herself to one meal a day so her kids — ages 3, 4, 13, and 16 — would have enough to eat.

I have such admiration for working single mothers. Many of them work more than one job just so that they can provide for their children. It can be absolutely frustrating to work as hard as you possibly can and still not have enough money to pay the bills at the end of the month.

Those that believe that the economy has gotten “back to normal” just need to look at the number of women that have been forced to turn to government assistance. As I mentioned the other day, a decade ago the number of American women that had jobs outnumbered the number of American women on food stamps by more than a 2 to 1 margin. But now the number of American women on food stamps actually exceeds the number of American women that have jobs.

The truth is that we are nowhere close to where we used to be. The last major economic downturn permanently damaged the middle class, and now the next major economic downturn is rapidly approaching.

Right now, there are nearly 50 million Americans that are facing food insecurity. When the next economic crisis strikes, that number is going to go much higher.

There is going to be a great need for love and compassion in this country during the hard times that are coming. Instead of just cursing the darkness, I hope that you will choose to be a light to those that desperately need it.

By Michael Schneider

www.theeconomiccollapseblog.com

2013 A Year Of Food Crisis

A lot of people were relieved the End of the World eluded Earth again… Many saw this as an opportunity to party hard, hang out with family and friends, share love and positive thoughts and smile more often. Which I strongly recommend. But, without having the intention of being the Grinch here, I feel the need to remind you the world hasn’t changed its color to pink. Just the opposite.

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source: guardian.co.uk

According to The Guardian, world grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States and other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year.

This is due to several reasons:

Failing harvests in the US, Russia, Ukraine and other countries, which brought reserves to the lowest level since 1974.

The US has already reached a historically low 6.5% of the maize that it expects to consume in the next year. On a global level, wheat production is expected to be at least 5.2% below last year, and other grains such as rice or soybeans are on the brink of extinction.

“We’ve not been producing as much as we are consuming. That is why stocks are being run down. Supplies are now very tight across the world and reserves are at a very low level, leaving no room for unexpected events next year,” said Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior economist with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).” (guardian.co.uk)

Prices of main food crops (wheat, maize) are now close to the 2008 level and are estimated to reach a brand new historical level in 2013.

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According to the FAO, 2012 has brought food prices to a sore point, raising 1.4% September following and an additional 6% (!) in July. But that’s piece of cake comparing to what’s in for us next year…

Lester Brown, president of the Earth policy research centre in Washington states for The Guardian:

“We are entering a new era of rising food prices and spreading hunger.

Food supplies are tightening everywhere and land is becoming the most sought-after

commodity as the world shifts from an age of food abundance to one of scarcity…

The geopolitics of food is fast overshadowing the geopolitics of oil.”

The geopolitics of oil have already caused at least two wars in the past decade. And oil is simply something we use for fuel. Just think of what will happen when people start fighting over food. And I don’t mean neighbors trying to get the last pack of wheat… I mean countries fighting over food sources! I’m talking about…

A Food War that’s basically inevitable, since…

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When Food Banks go dry, people get angry. A LOT of people! You’ve surely seen the last food stamps statistics. 1 million Americans went poor in just two months. These people depend on help from the state. And when the state won’t be able to feed them anymore, they’ll take the streets by the time they have to skip the third meal.

But, you see, the government would do anything (and I do mean ANYTHING) to keep people under control. This means the prospect of having millions raging on the streets is unacceptable. Therefore, they’d rather start a Food War than deal with a mass of angry, hungry citizens.

And since our army budget is about 30% of our economy income, war shouldn’t be a problem for the government. It’s all business. In the past 10 years, we’ve been involved in nearly every military conflict in the world. Starting a Food War to keep the sheeple fed and quiet is just another thing on the list…

Lester Brown seems to predict a similar fate for countries affected by the food crisis, such as the U.S.:

“Food shortages undermined earlier civilizations. We are on the same path. Each country is now fending for itself. The world is living one year to the next. (…) We are beginning a new chapter. We will see food unrest in many more places.”

In the light of these dark predictions for 2013, I urge you to take action and protect your family from the looming meltdown. We are not able to control weather, food prices or food reserves… but we can make a better future for our loved ones. Better enter the New Year prepared for whatever it may bring than being caught in the first line of combat in the Food War. Stay safe in 2013!

By Alec Deacon