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Understanding Food Insecurity in the US: Potential Insights for the UK
Mon 3 April 2017, 17:00 – 19:00 BST
Professor Craig Gundersen, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois
Understanding Food Insecurity in the United States: Potential Insights for the U.K.
Abstract: Food insecurity is the leading nutrition-related health care issue in the United States due to the magnitude of the problem (over 42 million Americans are food insecure) and its association with a wide array of negative health and other outcomes. With the exception of Canada, food insecurity has received substantially less attention in other high-income countries, including the U.K. Nevertheless, there is both direct and indirect evidence that food insecurity and its attendant consequences are present in the U.K. Given the similarities among U.S. and the U.K., research can offer numerous insights into the causes and consequences of food insecurity and possible directions to address these through measurement and public policies. I begin this presentation with an overview of the extent, determinants, and consequences of food insecurity in the U.S. and, as part of this, discuss some results for the U.K. Fortunately, the extensive research that has examined food insecurity has found many paths towards reductions in food insecurity; I next cover these with an emphasis on food assistance programs and, in particular, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).