Food insecurity? Really?

While the adjective “Orwellian” is often attached to the word “doublespeak,” including by me, a little research reveals the term “doublespeak” never appears in George Orwell’s “1984.” Doublespeak, it seems, grew out of two words Orwell applies to government manipulation in his “future” society: “newspeak” and “doublethink.”
Like Orwell’s terms, “doublespeak” is language deliberately designed to distort the truth, or “soften the blow” of bad news. Think “downsizing” for people being laid off. Or your dentist asking you if you are “experiencing any pain” instead of asking “does it hurt?’
“Doublespeak” springs to mind these days to whenever I hear the words “food insecurity.”
Food insecurity?
Does that mean people are going hungry?
Then why not say that?
Because that’s not how government talks.
“Food insecurity,” it appears, originated with the Department of Agriculture.
I once heard there are more people working at the Department of Agriculture than there are farmers. That kind of bureaucracy is not interested in simple problems and simple solutions.
Average people, like you ‘n’ me, might say if people are hungry, let’s feed them.
Government says if people are “experiencing food insecurity,” let’s study it.
Eventually hungry people may get fed.
But they have to be patient.
Addressing problems like “food insecurity” takes time.

Ed Ackerman