The Issue of Hunger in the United States

1348 Words Feb 4th, 2018 5 Pages
Solving the issue of hunger has lagged behind other issues like education. This has to do with our tradition of classical liberalism. Classical liberalism places emphasis on individualism and less government intervention. In addition, the divided political nature of the United States keeps its populations split as to whether or not government should get involved and spend money to help the poor. In this essay, I am going to first discuss the issue of hunger. Then I will talk about about American Exceptionalism. Then I will explain classical liberalism and how that influences institutions and policy and then I am going to talk about the divided political nature and the two party system. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 14.5 percent of U.S. households—nearly 49 million Americans, including 15.9 million children—were food insecure during the year in 2012, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members (ers.usda.gov). Poverty is the principal cause of hunger, which means that the causes of poverty like lack of education, and unemployment lead up to hunger as well. Hunger is also caused by rising food prices and food deserts like the one the city of Detroit has. In the city of Detroit, the most accessible food-related establishments are party stores, dollar stores, fast-food restaurants and…
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