What Causes Food Insecurity

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The United States of America is one of the wealthiest countries on earth, but even so, millions of Americans struggle to find enough food to eat every day. Food insecurity is when a family cannot consistently get enough food for the entire house hold to eat. 14 percent of households, around 17.6 million people, were considered food insecure in 2012 (Piontak 75). In 2007, 12.6 million children experienced a lack of food. Food insecurity has many causes, including rising food prices, climate change, population growth, and inadequate income. First, Healthy food is just more expensive because the demand for unhealthy food is higher in the U.S. In addition to this, healthy food is more expensive due to global warming, as crop production is effected which decreases the supply of food (Kang 4). Next, population growth increases food insecurity because the food supply does not grow with the population (Hammond). Finally, inadequate income is a huge cause of food insecurity because people might not have enough money to consistently buy food (Mammen 153) .…show more content…
First, households headed by people with lower education are more likely to be food insecure because people with less education are less likely to get a high paying job. Households with lots of children are also more likely to be food insecure because they have more mouths to feed, especially if only one parent lives in the household (Ratcliffe 1092). A household only having one parent is at risk to be food insecure because the family only has one source of income, and have to include expensive budget items such as child care, leaving less money for high quality
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