Farms across the USA are facing a huge surplus. The price of beef is dropping. The price of pork is dropping. The price of eggs, corn, and every other agricultural product is lower than ever. The dairy sector is the hardest hit, according to this article from Market Watch:
“U.S. dairy products are piling up. The U.S. has more than 800 million pounds of American cheese in reserve, the most since 1984, according to the USDA. The amount of butter in reserve totals 272 million pounds, the most since 1994. Some U.S. farmers are dumping millions of pounds of excess milk onto fields. In the Midwest and Northeast, nearly 78 million gallons of milk have been dumped so far this year, up 86% from the same period last year.”
Yet, according to the US Department of Agriculture, “Food Insecurity” is rampant across the country. The latest statistics show “In 2015: 42.2 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 29.1 million adults and 13.1 million children. 13 percent of households (15.8 million households) were food insecure.” (http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-facts/hunger-and-poverty-statistics.aspx)
Why are so many American families hungry amid such a huge food surplus?
Why are food stamps being cut, in such a situation?
As Caleb Maupin stated in speech at Rutgers University: “People are hungry because there is too much food. People are homeless because there are too many houses. People are cold in the winter because there is too much heating gas. Capitalism is an irrational system.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R5I3qL7q14&t=66s)