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Old 11-17-2009, 10:36 AM
 
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Sad, but true. Remember those scenes of the Indian slums in Slumdog Millionaire? Coming to a neighborhood near you in the not-too-distant-future. Already, hunger is becoming rampant.

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America's Economic Pain Brings Hunger Pangs
USDA report on access to food 'unsettling,' Obama says
by Amy Goldstein

The nation's economic crisis has catapulted the number of Americans who lack enough food to the highest level since the government has been keeping track, according to a new federal report, which shows that nearly 50 million people -- including almost one child in four -- struggled last year to get enough to eat.
America's Economic Pain Brings Hunger Pangs | CommonDreams.org

I want to cry every time I see this photo:

Hungry | CommonDreams.org

How many millions of children in this once-great land are staring at the same broken-down dilapidated refrigerator?
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Heck yeah. A few programmers will have good positions when the dollar crashes and labor is considered cheap. Pretty much anyone else who had it good as a handyman or dry wall installer during the housing boom of the mid 2000's will be SOL.
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:03 AM
 
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a bit skewed op. there is plenty of food in america, it has to do with distribution though. besides anyone who goes hungry in america is doing so because of ignorance or pride. there are shelters, food pantries and social services. there is plenty of food if one is willing to seek out some aid in rough times. even grocery stores and restaurants throw out tons of food, it's insane how much food is in america.
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:07 PM
 
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a bit skewed op. there is plenty of food in america, it has to do with distribution though. besides anyone who goes hungry in america is doing so because of ignorance or pride. there are shelters, food pantries and social services. there is plenty of food if one is willing to seek out some aid in rough times. even grocery stores and restaurants throw out tons of food, it's insane how much food is in america.
so true....it should be illegal to go hungry in the u.s....
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:14 PM
 
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India has made some progress and, I read somewhere, about 250 million of its people have the same standard of living as that of an average European. BUT, it is nowhere even close to the US in terms of overall living standards (I have been there a few times in the last decade.)

Adding to rory00's comments, India also has a huge food distribution/wastage issues - inefficient raliways, rats destroying about 30% of grains etc.
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:27 PM
 
Location: between Ath,GR & Mia,FL...
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No way...never...
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:37 PM
 
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Hey, I thought we were in the middle of an obesity epidemic!
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.....the sound of the world's smallest violin playing cry me a river...

Another manufactured crisis by the left-wing moonbats.
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Old 11-17-2009, 02:40 PM
 
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double post.
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Old 11-17-2009, 02:41 PM
 
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even grocery stores and restaurants throw out tons of food, it's insane how much food is in america.
I predict that in five years it will be a common sight to see average-looking Americans going through restaurant and grocery store dumpsters to fish out perfectly good food that had to be tossed out because of safety standards. I don't knock it. I hate to see this food go to waste, but to think that America has degenerated to the point where otherwise prosperous people would have to descend to third-world living conditions because of our inept (gross understatement) leaders is truly a national disgrace.
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Old 11-17-2009, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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a bit skewed op. there is plenty of food in america, it has to do with distribution though. besides anyone who goes hungry in america is doing so because of ignorance or pride. there are shelters, food pantries and social services. there is plenty of food if one is willing to seek out some aid in rough times. even grocery stores and restaurants throw out tons of food, it's insane how much food is in america.

1. Shelters and pantries are facing a constant and persistant shortage.
2. Restaurants usually would rather throw out food then donate it.
3. Social services are strained, and the government is constantly pressured by the cry baby right to push people off of it. Just anyone can no longer get assistance.
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