US: A rich country with a growing hungry population


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U.S. stands out as a rich country where a growing minority say they can’t afford food


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During tough economic times many people around the world find it difficult to afford life’s basic necessities.  Nearly half (a median of 49%) of those surveyed by the Pew Research Center in developing economies and a quarter (25%) in emerging markets say that, at some point in the past year, they have been unable to afford food that their families needed.


Among the poor countries 50 percent suffer from hunger and poverty.


Such deprivation is closely related to national wealth. For example, in Australia, Canada and Germany – three of the most well-off countries surveyed – roughly one-in-ten say they have struggled in the past year to pay for enough to eat. Meanwhile, in Uganda, Kenya, Ghana and Senegal – among the poorest countries surveyed – half or more say food for their family has been hard to come by.

Most of the nations are plotted where you might expect. Uganda, Senegal and Mexico, for example, are relatively poor countries. The surprise comes on the extreme right. The U.S. has high national income (about $55,000 per person). And yet 24% of Americans say there have been times when they couldn’t afford to feed themselves, or their families.

As Pew’s Bruce Stokes notes in a commentary, this puts the U.S. out on a limb in the rich world.

Many Americans say they could not afford the food needed by their families.


Americans’ reported level of deprivation is closer to that experienced by Indonesians or Greeks than it is the British or the Canadians. In fact, the percentage of Americans who say they could not afford the food needed by their families at some point in the last year is three times that in Germany, more than twice that in Italy and Canada.

A fuller version of the survey also shows 31% can’t afford health care (which isn’t surprising, given how ridiculously expensive it is). 27% say the same for clothing.

Of course, the U.S. picture is still much better than in some poor places. Across 14 developing economies, the median level was 49% for food, 55% for health care, and 56% for clothing. Uganda had the worst numbers of the countries studied. Still, not much to be proud of.

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The United States is an outlier from this pattern. Despite being the richest country in the survey, nearly a quarter of Americans (24%) say they had trouble putting food on the table in the past 12 months. This is up from just 16% who reported such deprivation in 2007, the year before the Great Recession began.

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Americans’ reported level of deprivation is closer to that experienced by Indonesians or Greeks than it is the British or the Canadians. In fact, the percentage of Americans who say they could not afford the food needed by their families at some point in the last year is three times that in Germany, more than twice that in Italy and Canada.



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