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Food Security in Germany

(Unfortunately the linked information is mostly German.)

I dig deep to find news about hunger and starvation in Germany. I searched the official organs of the country to find information concerning the food situation in Germany.

The "German association for food/nourishment" ("Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Ernaehrung") has a report about the food situation in Germany from 2008. It has loads of data about what people eat, what diets they use, how good their knowledge is about food and cooking. There are tips for healthier eating, especially for kids.
The report views obesity as a problem on the rise, hunger and starvation isn't mentioned at all.

The official source for statistics in Germany is the "Federal Statistical Office" (Statistisches Bundesamt). I had a look for the top causes of death in their statistics.
As they offer the possibility to ask them questions, I did ask them if they had any information on the issue [1]. They pointed me to the following statistic.

It gives the following numbers for deaths caused by starvation or lack of water in the years 1998-2008. In comparison, there are roughly 80 Million people living in Germany right now.

Cause of death 1998 1999 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008
Starvation 7 6
Lack of water 2
(Deaths caused by Starvation or Lack of water in Germany)

I also tried aardvark on the problem and used good plain old web search. Nothing I could find.

So, to conclude, there don't seem to be any notable food security problems concerning hunger and starvation in Germany. The largest food-related problem seems to be the opposite, obesity (see a related Talk by Jamie Oliver [2]).

[1] My Message (in German) to the "Federal Statistical Office" asking about hunger and starvation issues in Germany.
Guten Tag!
Ich bin daran interessiert herauszufinden, in wie weit es in Deutschland Probleme mit Hunger (im Sinne von Verhungern oder der Angst zu Verhungern) gibt.
Ich habe bereits die Todesursachenstatistik angeschaut und auch den Bericht der deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Ernaehrung. In beiden konnte ich nichts dazu finden.

Existiert das Problem (Hunger, Verhungern, Angst davor) in Deutschland? Wenn ja, wie viele Leute und wo in Deutschland sind betroffen?

Vielen Dank und Gruss,
Christian Brumm

[2] Great TED Talk by Jamie Oliver on Food education and especially obesity, specifically in the USA an Britain. But I think this also applies (to a slightly lesser extend) to Germany.

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Comment by Vikram Nanda on March 27, 2010 at 10:26am
I am listening to that TED TALKS by Jamie Oliver as I type! Thanks for the information!
Comment by Christian Brumm on March 30, 2010 at 5:26pm
Added a little table with statistics regarding death related to starvation or lack of water.


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