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What Is Food Insecurity?

In 2006, USDA introduced new language to describe ranges of severity of food insecurity.  USDA made these changes in response to recommendations of an expert panel convened at USDA"s request by the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) of the National Academies....The following labels define ranges of food security:

Food Security

  • High food security (old label=Food security): no reported indications of food-access problems or limitations.
  • Marginal food security (old label=Food security): one or two reported indications–typlcally of anxiety over food sufficiency or shortage of food in the house.  Little or no indication of changes in diet or food intake. 

Food Insecurity

  • Low food security (old label=Food insecurity without hunger): reports of reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet.  Little or no indication of reduced intake.
  • Very low food security (old label=Food insecurity with hunger): reports of multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake. Continue reading from USDA Economic Research Services

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Link to How the Other Half Eats by Priya Fielding-Singh PhD in the Catalog
Link to Food and Poverty edited by Leslie H. Hossfeld, E. Brooke Kelly, Julia. F. Waity in the Catalog
Link to The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles C Mann in the Catalog
Link to How to Feed the World edited by Jessica Eise and Ken Foster in the Catalog
Link to The Taste of War by Lizzie Collingham in the Catalog
Link to The Fate of Food by Amanda Little in the Catalog