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The Semantics of Hunger December 5, 2007

According to the USDA,  11 percent of U.S. households experienced what the USDA call “food insecurity”  in 2006. Three years ago, the USDA used the term “hunger,” but a 2003 expert panel deemed “hunger” to be a misleading word for the sensation one gets in her belly when she lacks sufficient food.

A recent article in Mother Jones magazine challenges a report from The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank, that says these 12.5 million hungry people eat too much food and therefore shouldn’t get more money to buy more food. The online discussion that ensues, much of which is in favor of The Heritage Foundation, is rather interesting too.