Rates of food insecurity among rural households are generally higher than urban households. The irony is that many of these food-insecure households are in the very rural and farm communities whose productivity feeds the world and provides low-cost wholesome food for American consumers.
*Employment is more concentrated in low-wage industries;
*Unemployment and underemployment are greater;
*Education levels are lower;
*Work-support services, such as flexible and affordable child care and public transportation, are less available;
*The rural marketplace offers less access to communication and transportation networks; and
*Offers companies less access to activities that foster administration, research and development.