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An Ominous Sign: Americans Have Begun STEALING FOOD to Survive

• Organic Prepper - Daisy Luther

If you've been waiting for a sign that things are really bad economically in the United States, here it is. Americans who never would have contemplated shoplifting before are stealing food to survive.

One of the things that we often say in preparedness circles as we watch chaotic Black Friday scenes or fiery riots unfold is, "You think it's bad now? Just wait until people are hungry!"

Well, guess what?

People are hungry.

Food insecurity and hunger

I wrote the other day about how the response to the pandemic has destroyed the personal finances of American families. An area that deserves more attention is food insecurity.  Food insecurity is defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life at a household level.

Hunger, on the other hand, is a personal, physiological condition that results from food insecurity.

The word "hunger," the panel stated in its final report, "…should refer to a potential consequence of food insecurity that, because of prolonged, involuntary lack of food, results in discomfort, illness, weakness, or pain that goes beyond the usual uneasy sensation." (source)