Food Insecurity

Food insecurity is a contentious issue; attempts to define it align with particular approaches to what should be done. Most fundamentally, food insecurity indicates a lack of access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food. The U.S. General Accounting Office indicates that up to 2 billion people worldwide are food insecure. According to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), 75% of the world’s food-insecure people are located in rural areas, predominantly in the global South. In this context, food insecurity is synonymous with hunger.

Food insecurity also exists in industrialized nations, largely among low-income communities and communities of color. In the United States, approximately 15% of all households, or 45 million Americans, have reported experiencing food insecurity at some point in the preceding year. U.S. ...

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