Maybe the more important question is; Will they?
Some Americans Lack Food, but USDA Won't Call Them HungryWill it help if someone, with credentials much more pertinent and professionally established than mine, explains that the actual scientific term has been acknowledged by scientists, for decades now.
By Elizabeth Williamson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 16, 2006; Page A01
The U.S. government has vowed that Americans will never be hungry again. But they may experience "very low food security."
Every year, the Agriculture Department issues a report that measures Americans' access to food, and it has consistently used the word "hunger" to describe those who can least afford to put food on the table. But not this year.
Mark Nord, the lead author of the report, said "hungry" is "not a scientifically accurate term for the specific phenomenon being measured in the food security survey." Nord, a USDA sociologist, said, "We don't have a measure of that condition."
The USDA said that 12 percent of Americans -- 35 million people -- could not put food on the table at least part of last year. Eleven million of them reported going hungry at times. Beginning this year, the USDA has determined "very low food security" to be a more scientifically palatable description for that group.
It's called Malnourished.