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It’s not “hunger”, it’s just “very low food security”

The U.S. government has vowed that Americans will never be hungry again. But they may experience “very low food security.”

“Americans won’t be hungry any more because we’ll change the definition. But that’s not all. Hunger is too easy a concept to grasp. We’ll make our new definition something so nebulous that no-one will ever easily get a handle on it and will get bored with it and ignore it.”

Among several recommendations, the panel suggested that the USDA scrap the word hunger, which “should refer to a potential consequence of food insecurity that, because of prolonged, involuntary lack of food, results in discomfort, illness, weakness, or pain that goes beyond the usual uneasy sensation.”

See, just because people have nothing to eat doesn’t necessarily mean they experience the physical symptoms of hunger.

To measure hunger, the USDA determined, the government would have to ask individual people whether “lack of eating led to these more severe conditions,” as opposed to asking who can afford to keep food in the house, Nord said.


It is not likely that USDA economists will tackle measuring individual hunger.

Because, you see, you would have to go up to everyone who says they are hungry and ask:

“Um, excuse me, I’m from the USDA and I’d like to ask you a few questions.

  • “Are you currently experiencing any of the following symptoms: discomfort, illness, weakness, or pain that goes beyond the usual uneasy sensation? I see, I will take that feeble grunt as a “Yes”.
  • “And have you or your children eaten any food in the last two weeks? I see. That weakly raised finger would be an affirmative response.
  • “And do you believe that your symptoms may perceivably have been caused as a result of your not having eaten any food in the last two weeks? Uh-huh. I will record your almost imperceptible breathing as a vote in favor.”
  • Yes, the world has gone completely mad. And the USA has finally lost touch with reality and succumbed to terminal self-delusion buried in a fog of unthink and doublespeak.

    Orwell’s nightmare has become real at last.

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