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We need a national food policy so no one in Canada goes hungry 26.8.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Number Of U.S. Families Struggling To Afford Food Drops To Pre-Recession Levels: Report 21.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The issue is far from over, but a new report found that hunger in America has at least dropped below pre-recession levels. A recent Gallup survey conducted by the Food Research and Action Center concluded that 15.8 percent of U.S. families struggled in the first half of this year to afford food. That figure had surged after the recession hit, but has now declined to the point that it’s even lower than it was in the first few months of 2008. That year -- which was the first that Gallup started collected such data -- the rate was 16.7 percent. FRAC attributes the improvement to the economic recovery and the fact that more households in need are participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. Last year, one in five kids was on SNAP , up from one in eight in 2008.  A number of states have seen significant drops in just the last year alone, thanks to safety net programs and doubling down on existing resources. Last year in New York, for example, 17.6 percent of ...
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Bee Pollinator Power: Nutrition Security Benefits of an Ecosystem Service 18.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The world has been abuzz with the dramatic losses of cultivated honeybees due to colony collapse disorder, as well as declines of native pollinator species across the globe. Several other new studies offer evidence that pollinators may also have a beneficial impact on nutrition security. A bee with a blue water lily. (Photo: Daniela Hartmann ) The world has been abuzz with the dramatic losses of cultivated honey bees due to colony collapse disorder [1] as well as declines of native pollinator species across the globe. [2] , [3] , [4] Scientists have recently begun calculating the extent to which food crops depend on animal pollinators including bees, butterflies, and bats, [5] with one study assigning an economic value to the "ecosystem service" provided by pollinators at approximately $167 billion. [6] Even more recently, several other new studies have offered evidence that pollinators may also have a beneficial impact on nutrition security - the availability of essential macro- and micronutrients in ...
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Dignity, Democracy and Food: An Interview with Frances Moore Lappè 13.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Schools as Punishing Factories: The Handcuffing of Public Education 6.8.2015 Truthout.com
(Photo: Empty Classroom via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO) While the video of an 8-year-old boy handcuffed in an elementary school classroom in Kentucky has rightfully drawn media attention, the boy's treatment was far from unique. (Photo: Empty Classroom via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO) The Nobel Prize-winning author Ngugi wa Thiong'o has insisted rightfully that "Children are the future of any society," adding, "If you want to maim the future of any society, you simply maim the children." (1) As we move into the second Gilded Age, young people are viewed more as a threat than as a social investment. If one important measure of a democracy is how a society treats its children - especially children of color, poor and working-class youth, and those with disabilities - there can be little doubt that the United States is failing. Half of all public school children live in near poverty, 16 million children receive food stamps and 90 percent of Black children will be on food stamps at some point during ...
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Greenpeace Calls for End of Private Fishing Deals in West Africa, Questions E.U. Food Security Claims 3.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Lawlessness at sea is a hot topic this summer, with the New York Times running an investigative series on the issue and the nascent Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) beginning to pick up steam. Two experts from Greenpeace connected the dots for me and explained why we should care. Dakar-based Marie Suzanne Traore (MT) is the pressure group's Oceans Campaigner for West Africa, covering an area stretching from Cameroon to Mauritania. Brussels-based Justine Maillot (JM) is its Oceans Policy Adviser. We spoke about how international fishing in African coastal waters is governed, the differences between European, Chinese and Russian contractual approaches, the impact on ecosystems and local livelihoods, transparency and access to information in the sector, and the many loopholes and corruption risks in the sector. Note that I did not fact check any of the information or claims made by them in this interview. Can you briefly explain how foreign fishing in West African waters is regulated? JM: There are ...
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States Rethink Restrictions On Food Stamps, Welfare For Drug Felons 30.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. Johnny Waller Jr.’s 1998 felony drug conviction has haunted him since the day he left a Nebraska prison in 2001. Waller, now 38, applied for 175 jobs without getting one. He had trouble getting a federal loan for college because of his drug conviction, so he started his own janitorial business, in Kansas City, Missouri. And when his toddler son, Jordyn, was diagnosed with stomach cancer and needed full-time care, Waller’s record disqualified him from receiving food stamps. “I really needed assistance there,” Waller said of the time in 2007 he had to give up his job to care for Jordyn. But he couldn’t get it, he said, because of a conviction “when I was 18 years old that didn’t have anything to do with my son.” Hundreds of thousands of Americans are serving time for drug offenses—nearly a half-million according ...
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The Water for Food Institute and Jain Irrigation launch joint research and education program 30.7.2015 ENN Network News - ENN
LINCOLN, Neb.,— Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. of India and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska have announced a joint international research and education partnership.
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God's Masterpiece or the Devil's Bad Joke? 27.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
[The following passages are excerpted from Eduardo Galeano’s history of humanity, Mirrors (Nation Books).] Origin of Freedom of Oppression Opium was outlawed in China. British merchants smuggled it in from India. Their diligent efforts led to a surge in the number of Chinese dependent on the mother of heroin and morphine, who charmed them with false happiness and ruined their lives. The smugglers were fed up with the hindrances they faced at the hands of Chinese authorities. Developing the market required free trade, and free trade demanded war. William Jardine, a generous sort, was the most powerful of the drug traffickers and vice president of the Medical Missionary Society, which offered treatment to the victims of the opium he sold. In London, Jardine hired a few influential writers and journalists, including best-selling author Samuel Warren, to create a favorable environment for war. These communications professionals ran the cause of freedom high up the flagpole. Freedom of expression at the ...
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God's Masterpiece or the Devil's Bad Joke? 27.7.2015 Truthout.com
[The following passages are excerpted from Eduardo Galeano's history of humanity,  Mirrors  (Nation Books).] Origin of Freedom of Oppression Opium was outlawed in China. British merchants smuggled it in from India. Their diligent efforts led to a surge in the number of Chinese dependent on the mother of heroin and morphine, who charmed them with false happiness and ruined their lives. The smugglers were fed up with the hindrances they faced at the hands of Chinese authorities. Developing the market required free trade, and free trade demanded war. William Jardine, a generous sort, was the most powerful of the drug traffickers and vice president of the Medical Missionary Society, which offered treatment to the victims of the opium he sold. In London, Jardine hired a few influential writers and journalists, including best-selling author Samuel Warren, to create a favorable environment for war. These communications professionals ran the cause of freedom high up the flagpole. Freedom of expression at the ...
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Poor Bear the Brunt of Corruption in India's Food Distribution System 14.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
With a network of 60,000 ration shops, India’s public food distribution system is mired in corruption and inefficiency, leaving millions starving while tonnes of grain rot in storage. (Photo: Neeta Lal / IPS) New Delhi - Chottey Lal, 43, a daily wage labourer at a construction site in NOIDA, a township in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, is a beleaguered man. After a gruelling 12-hour daily shift at the dusty location, he and his wife Subha make barely enough to feed a family of seven. Nor is the couple ever able to procure the subsidized rations they are legally entitled to, under a government law, from their local fair price shop. "Whenever we go to the outlet, we're shooed away by the grocer saying stocks have run out. We end up buying expensive food from the market, which isn't enough to feed the entire family. Everybody knows the shopkeeper is profiteering from selling grain on the black market. But what can we, the poor, do? We've complained at the local police station also, but no ...
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Oklahoma GOP Makes Case Against Food Stamps: ‘Don't Feed The Animals' 14.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Oklahoma Republican Party is making the case against food stamps by comparing poor people to animals, reviving a stereotype that’s often deployed against Americans who rely on government benefits to feed their families. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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Confusing Congressional Food Stamp Cut Strikes In Michigan 10.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Nobody could tell Audrey Webster of Clinton Township, Michigan, why her monthly food stamps went down from more than $100 to just $16 in February. The letter she received didn't say much. "It said they would be cut, that's all," Webster, 63, told HuffPost. She said she didn't get much more information when she called the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. "They just told me that it was cut for the government's reasons," she said. The culprit is Washington. The farm bill President Barack Obama signed into law last year came with small reductions to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Republicans pushed for steep cuts, arguing that food stamps were going to too many able-bodied adults who didn't have children and didn't have jobs. They pointed to a San Diego surfer who used his benefits for lobster and refused to get a real job. Democrats agreed to more modest cuts. Webster had paid attention to the debate and didn't think it would affect her. After all, she's nothing like that ...
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How Black Churches Are Helping Their Communities Get Access To Healthy Food 8.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Jesus made a revolutionary statement when he stood on the Mount of Olives and declared : “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. ... Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”  Today, millions around the world live without food security -- access to safe, nutritious food. A group of pastors, farmers and community leaders in Baltimore -- where one in four residents  lives in a food desert, according to the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future -- are joining forces to tackle the issue head on. Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, who heads Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, is spearheading the Black Church Food Security Network  in conjunction with the Baltimore Food and Faith Project of the Johns Hopkins Center For a Livable Future and Black Dirt Farm, a local group of urban farmers who grow food on the historic land of Harriet Tubman on ...
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The Next UN Secretary General: An Experienced Woman to Foster Global Food Security 7.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Food security and related humanitarian needs present the great unacknowledged challenges of the twenty-first century. While conflicts in countries like Syria and Ukraine dominate the daily news cycle and longer-term concerns about climate change and energy security are frequently aired, the problem of hunger and the emergence of new threats to world food supplies receive far less attention than they merit. These problems contribute directly to political instability, forced migration and violence. Without sustained focus at an international level and the commitment of adequate resources to address the problems there is a real risk that the responses needed address these issues will come too late to avert the geopolitical instability and widespread human suffering that may result. Across the world 805 million people remain chronically undernourished. Although the target of halving the rate of hunger by the end of 2015 set under the Millennium Development Goals is close to being met, the rate of progress ...
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'America Needs Germany's Help': Video Makes Serious Point About Struggling Families In U.S. 2.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Whenever a PSA cuts to dreary music and a morose-looking child, viewers can be sure they’ll be directed to helping underserved kids in a country that they may or may not be able to identify on a map. Not so fast. In an effort to underscore how severe the issue of hunger is right here in America, nonprofit Great Nations Eat partnered with agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty to release a couple of ads that follow standard PSA protocol, but depict kids in the U.S. The 30-second “Germany for America” spot, for example, features a stoic child clutching her stuffed bear while sitting on a stoop. As she stares dead on, the translated captions relay that this girl survives on little nutritious food and is at risk for developing diabetes and heart disease. The PSA then goes on to explain that 49 million Americans are struggling with food insecurity, and that Germany, which only has a 6 percent hunger rate, needs to step in and help. The unexpected turn aims to demonstrate how in the most powerful country in the world, ...
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Gitmo Prisoner, Hunger-Striking for Nine Years, Cleared for Release 27.6.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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What It's Really Like to Cook on a Food Stamp Budget 26.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In 2013, 49.1 million Americans lived in households struggling with hunger, a stark number which includes 15.8 million children and 4.8 million seniors. Food insecurity is a daily reality for about one in seven households. So why do we only seem to talk passionately about it when a celebrity is involved? If you paid any attention to the recent controversy surrounding Gwyneth Paltrow's $29 SNAP grocery shopping challenge , you know what I mean. When she posted a photo of the groceries she purchased with the weekly budget of a typical SNAP (food stamp) recipient, Paltrow inspired a lot of snarky editorials poking fun at the actress's cluelessness and comments naming all the ways her charmed life is not like the typical SNAP recipient's, but in the end, it was just more media coverage of a wealthy celebrity. What are the challenges of shopping, meal planning, and cooking when your budget relies on SNAP benefits? Someone who spends a week trying it out isn't the right person to ask. Instead, I spoke with ...
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Monsanto's Covert War on European Food Security 25.6.2015 Truthout.com
Monsanto has begun literally planting the seeds of genetically modified organisms' spread throughout Europe. (Photo: GMO Seeds via Shutterstock) Truthout combats corporate power by bringing you trustworthy, independent news. Join our mission by making a donation now! Working quietly on the back of political turmoil driven by Western special interests (including itself) Monsanto has begun literally planting the seeds of genetically modified organisms' spread throughout Europe, starting in Ukraine and working westward toward the European Union thanks to a slowly but surely softening by regulators regarding GMOs, despite their widespread unpopularity. Regarding this American biotech company and others like it, and their attempts to infest the planet with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and in particular their attempts to corrupt the whole of Europe with their unwanted poison through a backdoor (Ukraine), has prompted Russia to speak up for their Eastern European neighbor. Up until the armed coup in ...
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30 Women Under 30 Changing Food 23.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
There are hundreds of women who inspire us at Food Tank. They are entrepreneurs, stewards of the land, business owners, researchers, farmers, and innovators, who are the backbone of the world's food systems. In fact, on average, women represent 43 percent of the world's agricultural labor force and 47 percent of the global fisheries labor force, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Bank. These hard-working women produce more than half of the world's food despite being less than half of the labor force, and women account for 60 to 80 percent of food production in developing countries. And if the world's women farmers had the same access to resources as men, 150 million people could be lifted out of poverty, according to the FAO. A crop yield gap of about 20-30 percent between male and female farmers is largely due to differential access to resources and inputs. Women fill this gap by working up to 13 hours per week longer than men in agriculture. "Women are the ...
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