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Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike as Trump Visits Israel 20.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Demonstrators rally outside the Best Buy store in Manhattan's Union Square to support a mass hunger strike launched by Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli detention on April 21, 2017. (Photo: Joe Catron / Flickr ) As Donald Trump arrives in Israel, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners are participating in a hunger strike to protest their mistreatment. On April 17, Palestinian Prisoners' Day, approximately 1,500 prisoners began refusing food, ingesting only salt water. Will the US call Israel on its human rights violations? Demonstrators rally outside the Best Buy store in Manhattan's Union Square to support a mass hunger strike launched by Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli detention on April 21, 2017. (Photo: Joe Catron / Flickr ) This story was published only because of readers like you. Support independent journalism: Make a donation to Truthout today! As Donald Trump arrives in Israel, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners are participating in a hunger strike to protest their mistreatment. On ...
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Key Trump Official Signals Strong Support For Food Stamps 18.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump has said very little over the years about the food stamp program, which is one of America’s most important anti-poverty efforts and one that Republicans have frequently tried to cut.  On Wednesday, Trump’s secretary of agriculture strongly suggested the Trump administration has no interest in making drastic changes to the program. “It’s been a very important, effective program,” Sonny Perdue told the House agriculture committee during a hearing. The USDA administers the food stamp program. “As far as I’m concerned we have no proposed changes,” Perdue said. “You don’t try to fix things that aren’t broken.”  Perdue’s comments come as Republicans on Capitol Hill and in the Trump administration have floated significant cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other programs, such as Social Security Disability Insurance, as part of an effort to balance the federal budget within 10 years.  The Trump administration won’t officially release its budget until ...
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North Carolina Republican thinks it's only fair to kick 133,000 people off food stamps 17.5.2017 Daily Kos
File under: Republicans will use any flimsy excuse to hurt low-income families. North Carolina state Sen. Ralph Hise wants to take food aid away from 133,000 people , including 55,000 children … and he says it’s about fairness. Hise would strip Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program eligibility from people who qualify for food stamps automatically as a result of qualifying for other aid programs, because he says it’s not fair to people who don’t qualify that way. “You’ve got a family of four making $40,000 who can’t qualify because their children are school-aged, but you’ve got another family that maybe makes more, but who qualified for child care subsidies and therefore qualified for food stamps as well,” Hise said. “What we are eliminating is that fact that another program automatically qualifies you for food stamps.” Taking food out of the mouths of 133,000 North Carolinians is the only fair thing to do. Aside from the sheer cruelty and immorality of Hise’s plan, there’s another small issue, Alan ...
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Decolonizers Show Up for Palestinian Hunger Strikers on New York's Fifth Avenue 16.5.2017 Truthout.com
At night, Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is overtaken by an odd contamination: not the everyday smothering of dirt and smog, but searing glow of street lamps and 24-hour storefronts that virtually bleaches out every surface. But last Tuesday, a team of renegade artists cut through the light pollution, as a nondescript white van stalked the corner of 47th and Fifth and peaked a boxy slide projector above the roof on an improvised platform -- the post-Occupy armored vehicle of the activist response team known as the Illuminator . Silent projections of slogans suddenly lit up the facade of Leumi Bank: "Dignity strike," "Financing Fascism," slashed lines tallying up the number of days some 1600 people on the other side of the world have gone without food. who have been refusing food since mid-April in Israeli jails, to demand the one thing they prize more than their individual survival: the dignity of their people and freedom from occupation. After Leumi, the Illuminator crew repeated the ritual at different ...
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Hunger In Rural America Is Less Visible, But Just As Pressing 12.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When it comes to hunger in America, there’s both good and bad news. The good news is that the percentage of Americans living in “ food insecure ” households — meaning their eating patterns are disrupted or their food intake is reduced — appears to be on the decline, according to anti-hunger advocacy group Feeding America’s latest  Map the Meal Gap  report. The report, released last week, estimates that 42 million Americans were food insecure in 2015, the latest year for which complete data are available. This represents 13 percent of U.S. households ― a significant decline from the 17 percent peak following the Great Recession in 2009. The bad news is that those 42 million food-insecure Americans need more money to put food on the table than they did before. The amount of money their households need for food has grown 3 percent over the past year — and 13 percent since 2008, the report estimates. While hunger is sometimes painted as a primarily urban problem, Feeding America’s research shows that rural ...
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Senior Hunger Hits Historic Highs As Trump Threatens To Cut Services 4.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The number of seniors struggling with hunger has hit record highs in the United States – and is expected to climb. At the same time, President Donald Trump is threatening to cut funding for critical services that help sustain this demographic. One in 11 seniors in America faces hunger, and that figure is expected to double over the next decade, according to Feeding America, a national food bank network. Advocacy groups are stressing this stat to create a sense of urgency at the start of Older Americans Month , which takes place during May. Their warnings come in the wake of Trump’s preliminary budget outline, released in March, which proposed cutting federal funding for several anti-poverty programs. That included eliminating a Department of Health and Human Services program that doles out grants to a number of initiatives, including some of the network groups within Meals on Wheels, a national initiative that represents 5,000 home-meal delivery organizations. And while the precise details of how Trump’s ...
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New peer-to-peer seed sharing platform aims to facilitate a diverse seed supply 3.5.2017 TreeHugger
The Center for Food Safety's recently launched network is a bid to preserve global plant biodiversity and work toward food security around the globe.
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Most Americans Don't Want People To Buy Soda And Candy With Food Stamps 27.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It should come as no surprise that Americans hold strong opinions about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program , colloquially known as “food stamps.” But there appears to be more of a bipartisan consensus on the matter than heated rhetoric on the matter might suggest. According to a study released Wednesday by the Voice of the People , a nonpartisan polling group, and conducted by University of Maryland researchers, an overwhelming majority of American voters of both parties favor restricting SNAP benefits from being used to buy soda and candy, as well as incentivizing fruit and vegetable purchases and increasing the overall amount of SNAP benefits available. The study found that of the 7,000 voters polled, 76 percent of respondents agreed that SNAP benefits should not be used to buy candy. For Republican respondents 85 percent approved of banning the sweets, while 68 percent of Democrat respondents agreed. Poll respondents expressed a similar level of support — 73 percent — for banning SNAP ...
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Trump: The Hunger President 22.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
“One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” The quote comes from Stalin. The policy comes from Donald Trump. Trump famously changed his policy on Syria after seeing photographs of a couple Syrian children killed by a chemical attack. It didn’t matter that the Syrian government had already killed thousands of children . In targeting the Assad regime, Trump was moved by the tragedy, not the statistic. When it comes to world hunger, Trump’s resistance to statistics is even more appalling. There are now 1.4 million children at risk of dying from famine. No one apparently has shown Donald Trump, or his daughter Ivanka, any photos of these at-risk children. So, the U.S. president is comfortably ignoring this statistic. Because of a combination of weather conditions and military conflict — the two horsemen of the 21st century apocalypse — 20 million people are on the verge of starvation in four countries: Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria. It’s the worst humanitarian crisis since World War ...
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Can’t resist salty snacks? Beware! It increases hunger, reduces thirst 18.4.2017 Health – The Indian Express
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Hunger Strikers at UN Headquarters Call for End to Yemen War 13.4.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

Peace activists are holding a week-long vigil and hunger strike at United Nations headquarters in New York City to demand an end to the U.S.-backed, Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen and humanitarian aid for the country's starving population.

The hunger strike and vigil, organized by Creative Voices for NonViolence, the New York Catholic Worker community, the Upstate Coalition to End the Wars and Ground the Drones, Friends of Franz and Ben, and CodePink, will also include a demonstration at the White House Thursday.

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Aid Workers In 4 Countries Facing Famine Warn Trump's Cuts Could Cost Lives 12.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
There are now 20 million people on the brink of starvation across four countries grappling with extreme food shortages and conflict. But as the world suffers one of its most severe humanitarian crises in decades, President Donald Trump is threatening to drastically reduce foreign aid as part of his administration’s “America first” budget.  Trump’s proposed cuts come at a time when aid organizations say that more funding is desperately needed to save millions from dying. United Nations officials declared the world’s first famine in six years in parts of South Sudan in February and now fear that Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen are edging toward similar preventable crises. “Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people [in these countries] will simply starve to death,” U.N. humanitarian coordinator Stephen O’Brien warned in March. Days later, Trump unveiled the blueprint for his 2018 budget, which seeks “deep cuts” to humanitarian initiatives abroad.  The defunding of some U.S. foreign aid programs ...
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Forget food deserts. We need to talk about food mirages. 11.4.2017 TreeHugger
Conversations about food security need to go beyond physical access to include affordability.
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What We Get Wrong When We Talk About Food Stamps And Immigrants 29.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Food banks across the country have been noticing a trend since President Donald Trump was inaugurated in January. In recent weeks, outlets including the Washington Post , The Nation and NPR  have reported that outreach workers and enrollment assistants who help eligible immigrants enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program , or SNAP, say immigrants are canceling their benefits because they fear their participation could flag them for deportation. Such fears appear to stem primarily from a leaked draft of an executive order  saying immigrants living in the United States could be deported if it is determined they rely on some form of public assistance — like food stamps. It is important to note, however, that no law has changed — and the official guidance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agency that oversees SNAP, remains that there are no immigration consequences linked with participation in the program. Still, that hasn’t stopped some conservatives from applauding the news. One ...
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Will Donald Trump Escalate the Devastating War and Hunger in Yemen? 27.3.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Medea Benjamin

This week marks the beginning of year three of the Saudi-led military intervention in the civil war in Yemen, an intervention that has resulted in an epic tragedy of destruction and starvation. Tens of thousands of Yemenis marked the occasion by pouring into the streets of the capital, Sanna, to call for an end to the Saudi airstrikes that have been supported by the US military.

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Food Stamp Recipients Increasingly Are The Working Poor 17.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Newly released data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides more evidence of just how many low-income households continue to struggle to put food on the table. According to a recent report from the USDA , an increasing share of individuals who receive benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, also known as food stamps, live in households where at least one person is working. Nearly 32 percent of SNAP households are home to at least one wage-earner, according to the most recent data on the program, compared to only 19.6 percent in 1989, as far back as USDA data is availabe. At the same time, a decreasing share of SNAP recipients are concurrently receiving welfare benefits from other safety net programs like the Aid to Families with Dependent Children and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs. As of the most recent data, about 6 percent of SNAP recipients are also receiving support through these programs, compared to about 42 percent of recipients in ...
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In Drought-Stricken Somalia, Starving Mothers Forced To Choose Which Child To Feed 10.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
With food an impossibly scarce commodity in drought-stricken Somalia, Fatuma Abdille faces a harrowing choice every day: Which of her seven children will get to eat? “If there’s a very small amount of food, we give it to those who need it the most — the youngest,” Abdille told Reuters this week from the capital Mogadishu, where her family recently fled after their herd of goats died from starvation. Abdille’s 9-year-old son has been giving up his share of food so his younger siblings won’t suffer. “He is making a sacrifice,” his mother said with sadness.  Across Somalia, families like Abdille’s have shared their stories of inconceivable suffering as a prolonged drought, combined with the effects of the country’s ongoing civil war with the Islamist militant group al-Shabab, continues to drive extreme shortages of food and water. There’s the mother with sunken cheeks who walked over 100 miles with her two young children in search of food, water and shelter, her 3-year-old daughter suffering from fever and ...
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Amid Trump's Deregulatory Bonanza, UN Report Details 'Catastrophic' Impact of Pesticides 8.3.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Taking the global pesticide industry to task for its "systematic denial of harms" while, at the same time, perpetuating the "myth" of aiding global hunger, a United Nations food expert has put forth a new report on the "catastrophic impacts on the environment, human health, and society as a whole."

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3 circular principles for healthy agriculture 11.2.2017 GreenBiz.com
Agriculture contributes to a quarter of the climate crisis. Here is how to replenish the soil, nature’s regenerative capital.
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Republicans Pave The Way To Drug Test Poor And Jobless 9.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump said in his inaugural address that his administration would “get our people off of welfare and back to work.” Trump hasn’t said much about how he’d reform welfare. But other members of his party have lots of ideas ― including drug tests for the poor and unemployed. In the wake of the Great Recession, Republicans across the country complained that unemployed people were taking drugs instead of available jobs. Lawmakers pushed drug testing as a solution, but the Obama administration and federal courts blocked most of those efforts.  With Trump now in charge, Republicans are making moves. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) asked Trump in December to consider allowing states to drug test applicants for food stamps, one of the largest antipoverty programs in the U.S.  And this month, Republicans in the House of Representatives are moving legislation that would undo an Obama administration rule restricting states’ ability to drug test unemployment claimants.  Rep. Pete Sessions ...
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