Tuesday, February 07, 2006

NAS says USDA should improve methods for gauging food security

A press announcement from the National Academies (NAS) today:
USDA Should Improve Methods for Gauging Food Insecurity

Feb. 7 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has conducted extensive research on hunger and food insecurity in America, but the department needs to improve how this work is carried out to better inform policymakers and the public, says a new report from the National Research Council.
The link on the front page of the NAS website currently runs to the earlier phase I report released last year (and discussed here and here). At the request of the panel that produced that report, I presented a paper about how the federal food security measure is actually used (.pdf).

I imagine the new press announcement means the new report will be released very soon, and the headline seems to imply that the new report is critical of current practice.

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