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Climate Change Hunger: World Leaders Must Act 19.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Discussions on curbing greenhouse gas emissions always seem to proceed excruciatingly slowly, as climate change is forever being brushed aside as a far off concern for a distant future. They fail time and again because politicians of all stripes pay more attention to the short-term horizon of the next election than the world future generations will live in. Future generations - after all - cannot vote. That was, until now, the conventional wisdom. It is now becoming increasingly obsolete. New reports show that climate disruptions are already affecting people today, leading to mass migration and threatening food security. Not tomorrow. Not in 2050. Today. Next week, world leaders will meet for the first time in five years to discuss climate change at a special summit convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. It is time they started to reflect this new reality. Small-scale farmers and indigenous peoples the world over have been experiencing the ramifications of climate change inaction for some time ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - The House Will Smell Ya Later 19.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Turnout was high for today's vote on Scottish independence, and as soon as we know how that'll affect Hillary's chances in Iowa, we'll let you know. Ezekiel Emanuel penned an Atlantic essay titled, "Why I Hope to Die at 75" that had absolutely nothing to do with putting up with an 80-year-old Rahm Emanuel. And the House is avoiding a number of key votes to get back to their districts and tend to the important issues they must ignore. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Thursday, September 18th, 2014: SENATE SYRIA VOTE SOON - "The U.S. Senate on Thursday was poised to approve President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants." Reuters From The Guardian: " Are the Scots independent yet? " (results will be announced 1 am EST) CONGRESS ASHAMED OF ITSELF - More self-loathing on the Hill than at PSLGOPL's group therapy sessions. Jen Bendery and Sabrina Siddiqui: "[W]ith elections around the corner, many lawmakers aren't inclined to wade into a thorny debate ...
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Tom Cotton Makes Ridiculous Farm Bill Ad 19.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- In a new TV ad, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) would have you believe that President Barack Obama forced Congress to give poor people food stamps by exploiting innocent farm legislation. "When President Obama hijacked the farm bill and turned it into a food stamp bill, with billions more in spending, I voted no," Cotton, a candidate for Senate, says in the spot. It's true that the 2013 farm bill included food stamps provisions, but it is absurd to call Obama a farm bill hijacker. Food stamps have been part of the farm bill for decades, thanks to a tacit deal between rural and urban lawmakers. Rural Republicans get farm subsidies for their constituents and city Democrats get food stamps for theirs, in an arrangement known as logrolling. Also, the bill would not have added "billions more in spending" -- it would actually have reduced spending on food stamps. In fact, the White House threatened to veto the legislation over the cuts, although it failed to pass the House anyway. After the bill ...
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Rules Suspended During Recession Making A Comeback, Jeopardizing Benefits For Many 15.9.2014 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. In the coming months, food stamp work requirements suspended during the Great Recession will be reinstated in at least 17 states, jeopardizing benefits for hundreds of thousands of Americans.  In those states, work requirements will be back in place for able-bodied adults who are 18 to 50 years old and have no children. It’s possible the requirements will return in more than 17 states, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture doesn’t yet have a full count, even though states were supposed to report their plans by Labor Day. Hunger advocates worry that fulfilling the work requirements will be a challenge for recipients who live in areas where both work and job training opportunities remain slim. But others note that the suspension of the requirement was always intended to be temporary, and that the economy has ...
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Scott Walker Wants To Fight Feds Over Welfare Drug Tests 15.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has come out in favor of making poor people prove they're not on drugs if they want food stamps or unemployment insurance -- even if it means a showdown with the federal government. Walker's drug test pitch comes as the Wisconsin Republican is in a close campaign for re-election against Democrat Mary Burke. National polls consistently show that requiring welfare recipients to prove they're not on drugs is an overwhelmingly popular idea. Popular as it is, federal law doesn't allow states to require drug tests for food stamps or unemployment insurance. (States have more leeway to test beneficiaries of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.) Walker told the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel that he would welcome a fight with the feds. "We believe that there will potentially be a fight with the federal government and in court," Walker told the paper on Sunday. A Burke spokesman derided Walker's idea as a campaign stunt, the Journal Sentinel ...
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Iraq, Syria plan must include food for hungry 11.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As President Obama sets forth a plan to destroy the terrorist army ISIL, a broader initiative must be in place to fight hunger. The recent escalation of violence has displaced over 1.7 million Iraqis from their homes and livelihoods. Where there is war you will find food shortages and hunger. The UN World Food Programme (WFP), the largest hunger relief organization, has fed over 800,000 Iraqis since June. With needs growing by the minute, WFP plans to increase this number. A group of internally displaced Iraqi girls queue for food at a community kitchen in a village in Iraqi Kurdistan's Dohuk governorate. (UNHCR/B.Szandelszky) Aid agencies and the U.S. military are carrying out airlifts to reach some towns. WFP's Mohamed Diab says, "The number of people displaced by violence across Iraq is increasing at an alarming rate and access to certain areas is very difficult." Hunger and malnutrition may get much worse too. Every indication is that the war in Iraq will continue for some time. Think of how this ...
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We Must Degrow the 'Corporate Food Regime': Food Sovereignty Advocate 9.9.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Food Stamps, 50 Years Later: Stop Impeding, Start Improving 4.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Data Cast Doubts On Claims That Food Stamp Program Is Riddled With Waste, Fraud, Abuse 4.9.2014 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. Despite a Great Recession-fueled expansion in food stamp rolls, the percentage of Americans mistakenly receiving too much or too little under the program is at an all-time low. In 37 states, error rates fell between fiscal year 2008 (the recession officially began in December 2007) through fiscal year 2013, according to a Stateline analysis of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. During the downturn, many Republican lawmakers argued that billions could be saved by cutting waste, fraud and abuse in the program. A GOP-backed bill in Congress last year promised $30 billion in such savings, but the declining error rates cast doubt on that claim. “The fact is that there are so many different levels on which the program is ...
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Nation's Poor Remain Hungry as Wall Street Feasts 3.9.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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One in Seven Americans in Households Struggling Against Hunger 3.9.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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How Farm Pests Can Threaten Food Security 2.9.2014 Green Lifestyle and Sustainable Culture News - ENN
Agricultural pests - viruses, bacteria, fungi, blights, mildews, rusts, beetles, nematodes, flies, mites, spiders and caterpillars - are spreading thanks to trade, travel and global warming, writes Tim Radford. The world faces a dire future of increased crop losses and growing insecurity. Coming soon to a farm near you: just about every possible type of pest that could take advantage of the ripening harvest in the nearby fields.
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Food Bank Gardeners Provide Fresh Food To Those In Need: Here's How You Can Help 29.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A father shows his daughter sprouts at the Vallejo People's Garden in California. (Photo: USFS Region 5 /Flickr) This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. It hurts when your stomach is empty. Across the land of plenty that is the United States, 49 million people in 17.6 million households feel that pain . The almost 18 million homes with no food, an insufficient amount of food or a lack of healthful food represent 14.5 percent of all U.S. households, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics for 2012. The USDA has a name for this aspect of hunger: food insecurity . Food insecurity means that a household is uncertain of having, or is not able to acquire, enough food to meet the needs of all of its members because of insufficient money or other resources. These households are present in every state and most communities across the U.S., especially in rural areas. It doesn’t have to be this way, says USDA spokesperson Wendy Wasserman. "There are at least three resources that ...
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Tens of Millions of Americans Struggle With Hunger, and More 26.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Climate threats to Alaska food security 20.8.2014 High Country News Most Recent
KDNK speaks with HCN writer Elizabeth Grossman.
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25 Percent Of Military Households Rely On Food Banks 20.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
An exhaustive hunger report recently concluded that 25 percent of military members rely on food banks. After compiling four years of data, Feeding America -- the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity -- recently released its largest and most comprehensive study on the issue and found that one in seven people rely on food banks to get their basic nutrition needs. Perhaps one of the most stunning figures was that in 2012, almost 620,000 of the households who relied on the organization’s services had at least one member currently in the military. That's 25 percent of all U.S. military households. These figures included military members currently serving full or part time either in the Armed Forces, Reserves or National Guard. The Pentagon, however, was quick to take issue with the study’s methodology in measuring the number of struggling military members. Officials said that surveying households instead of individuals and using those figures against military data, creates an inaccurate picture, ...
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The Percentage Of Americans Who Can't Afford Food Hasn't Budged Since The Recession Peaked 18.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On a recent night last week, dinner for Jill Taormina and her family was Totino’s Pizza Rolls with a side of canned pears. There was no other food on the table. “I’d rather make a roast with potatoes in the Crock-Pot. My kids like to eat healthy," said Taormina, who lives with her daughters, Angela, 12, and Madeline, 16. "But the price of meat and produce is outrageous.” Money has been tight lately for the 34-year-old single mom, who lives in Atwater, Ohio. She supports her family on a fixed income of $1,700 a month, the combined total of her disability insurance and child support. After paying her electric, gas and cell phone bills and making payments on her car, her car insurance and her homeowner’s insurance, Taormina said, there’s scant cash left over for groceries. “I can only afford to spend about $100 a month on groceries,” Taormina said. “I coupon as much as I can, but it’s just not enough.” More than five years into an economic recovery, with unemployment falling and the stock market at record ...
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Hunger pangs 15.8.2014 High Country News Most Recent
What’s happening in Arctic villages foreshadows a future of climate disruption.
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Where's the B-12? Include Animal-Based Foods in the Global Malnutrition Agenda 9.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
August 18 marks the 500-day countdown to the deadline for achieving the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals , so we should expect to see increased discourse on where the gaps lie. Development experts are beginning to take note that, although progress has been made in reducing the percentage of the world's people who are hungry, nutrition has not received the attention it warrants. In May 2014, at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Food Security Symposium, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new " multi-sectorial nutrition strategy " to target chronic malnutrition and stunting in children. On July 23, 2014, Heifer International and The Alliance to End Hunger co-hosted the event " Livestock for Livelihoods " on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Senator John Boozman (R-Ark.), co-chair of the Senate Hunger Caucus sponsored the event. The discussion raised awareness of U.S. policymakers, administrators, institutional funders and development agencies on ...
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As a Man-Made Famine Looms, Christmas Comes Early to South Sudan 7.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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