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Hunger - A sign of the Times.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Research Service reports that 49 million American's, including nearly 17 million children, are food insecure. This is an increase of 36% over the numbers released one year ago by the USDA, which found that 36.2 million American's were at risk of hunger.

Ms. Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America said, "although these new numbers are staggering, it should be noted that these numbers reflect the state of the nation one year ago, in 2008. Since then the economy has weakened significantly, and there are likely many more people struggling with hunger than this report states."

According to the 2009 Hormel Hunger Survey, released November 11 by Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) , more than half (52%) of American's said they personally know someone who has received food from a food bank or shelter this year. In addition, more than two-thirds (69%) believe the problem of hunger has increased in the United States during the past year, and nearly half (46%) are very concerned about it.

The current loss of global confidence in the U.S. dollar, with attendant possible hyperinflation caused by it's collapse, leaves the U.S. vulnerable to famine. A famine can develop when a sizable number of people lose the economic means of acquiring food, even when there is no fall in food output or supply. Usually through unemployment or from a sharp drop in earnings compared with fast rising food prices as would be seen in a hyperinflation event. 

In January 1922, hyperinflation exploded in Germany (Weimar Republic), by December 1922 Germany was unable to feed it's population or provide employment for even 60% of the labor force. People began to die in the streets from starvation and hypothermia. This must NOT happen in America. 

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