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Ensuring a Future for American Seafood and Fishermen 2.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
America's commercial fishermen provide the public with some of the world's best seafood: Alaska salmon and halibut, Maine lobster, Gulf red snapper, New England cod - names that make your mouth water. These are the fishermen who support our coastal economies and contribute to our food security, and continue to do so in the face of a growing number of challenges. Increasingly, commercial fishermen face vast uncertainty about changing ocean ecosystems, complex state and federal management systems, and the staggering costs to enter America's fisheries. These factors have contributed to a new challenge: declining numbers of young fishermen entering the commercial fishing industry. As a coastal community loses its next generation of fishermen, it also loses access to economic opportunity, food security, and its heritage. As we work together to ensure the health of America's incredible marine ecosystems, we must also find ways to sustain the next generation of fishermen tasked with putting that food on our ...
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Need for national food policy intensifies as costs soar and food insecurity remains 1.2.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 There should be no one suffering from food insecurity in a country as rich as Canada, yet this is a big issue. Here is why we need a national food policy that focuses on sustainability. Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these ...
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Hungry Children in Rich America 31.1.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Marian Wright Edelman

Sarah is three years old. She and her six-year-old brother, Bryce, are inseparable except when it’s time for him to visit the summer food program that provides meals at a school near his Ohio home for children who otherwise would go hungry. Sarah’s too young to make the trip. One morning after Bryce had his fill of food for the day he made a detour before heading home. He walked to the trash cans and began rummaging through food others threw away.

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Hungry Children in Rich America 30.1.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sarah is three years old. She and her six-year-old brother, Bryce, are inseparable except when it’s time for him to visit the summer food program that provides meals at a school near his Ohio home for children who otherwise would go hungry. Sarah’s too young to make the trip. One morning after Bryce had his fill of food for the day he made a detour before heading home. He walked to the trash cans and began rummaging through food others threw away. Winnie Brewer, the Food Services Supervisor in Marion City Schools, noticed the little boy and tapped him on the shoulder to ask why he was sifting through the garbage. “My little sister,” he explained. “She’s hungry.” Bringing her leftover food was the only way he knew to help.  “We run into a lot of situations where kids will come and say they have younger siblings at home,” Brewer says. “They always want to know if they can take something back.” After Brewer spoke with Bryce, staff members followed him home with a care package for little Sarah. This was a ...
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Shush Someone Might Hear You 30.1.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A constant in American politics, shared by both the Democratic and Republican parties and their candidates running for president, is their disdain to give volume to the issue of hunger in America. Today the silence is truly deafening, but this was not always the case. In 1967, Senator Robert F. Kennedy traveled to Mississippi to check on the progress of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, better known as the War on Poverty. What he found, writes Peter Edelman in his book "So Rich, So Poor," was "children, thousands of them, hungry to a point very near starvation." Kennedy was "deeply moved and outraged," Edelman writes, and made relieving hunger a top priority. This year has gotten off to a raucous start with a Republican Congress itching to flex its adversarial muscle against President Obama in his last year in office. And as the presidential candidates verbally slug it out for the White House, for approximately 48 million people in this country (one out of seven Americans), their issue of survival ...
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New Work Requirements Put Food Stamps At Risk 19.1.2016 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. When Milwaukee resident Linda Hopgood found out last summer she was about to lose her food stamp benefits, she immediately started looking for work. But she said she quickly became discouraged by employers telling her she did not have the skills they were looking for. The 48-year-old former nursing aide has been out of work for four years. She lives in her son’s house and spends her days watching her daughter’s three children. Without the $187 in food stamps she had received each month for the last seven years, she’s now walking to church every day for free meals. Hopgood lost her benefits when Wisconsin reinstated work requirements for food stamps. With 22 new states reinstating the requirements as of Jan. 1, another 500,000 or more people could find themselves in her situation by spring. The reinstated ...
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King's Unfinished Legacy -- End Hunger Next Door 18.1.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Less than a month before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King was busy planning his "Poor People's Campaign." Even after all the success of his campaign for civil rights, he understood that millions of Americans -- and minority communities in particular -- could not achieve true equality unless hardworking families, regardless of their race or religion, had access to food, shelter, and higher wages. At his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Dr. King spoke of the urgent need to go "all out to bridge the social and economic gulf between the 'haves' and 'have not's' of the world" by tackling poverty. Today, while we celebrate Dr. King's legacy, we need also to look at ourselves in the mirror. Have we really done enough to fulfill his vision of meeting the most basic needs of Americans? The simple answer is no. On the issue that most preoccupied Dr. King in the months before his death -- poverty -- his vision is far from complete, and in many ways has drifted farther away. The poverty rate in New ...
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Syria's Hunger Crisis Goes Beyond Madaya 15.1.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of the stories that made news in recent days. You noticed the media forgot all about another story's basic facts? Tweet  @TheWorldPost or let us know on our Facebook page .   Global attention turned to Madaya, Syria earlier this month when images of emaciated residents, including many children, emerged from the  besieged Syrian city and caused so much international outcry the Syrian government was forced to let food and medicine through. Yet while Madaya made headlines, hundreds of thousands of Syrians elsewhere in the country are deprived of regular access to aid. There are 4.5 million people within Syria in regions that are hard to reach for aid groups, 400,000 of whom live in besieged areas, according to the United Nations . Human rights groups and activists contend that the Assad regime has used food as a weapon of war since the beginning of the conflict. Through denial of aid shipments and siege tactics, government forces have levied a kind of ...
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Jeb Bush, Please Educate Yourself About Food Stamps 13.1.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Presidential candidate Jeb Bush called on Friday for eliminating food stamps (now known as SNAP), handing the money over to the states, and giving them broad discretion over its use.  Bush called SNAP a "failing, ineffective program" that "traps families in perpetual poverty."  He also implied that too much of its funding goes to a costly, bloated federal bureaucracy, and that it's plagued by overpayments and fraud. As substantial research and data show, Bush's charges are far off base.  Discussion and debate on poverty issues are healthy.  But accusations that ignore basic facts and decades of research don't advance poverty debates. Bush could profit from a conversation with former Senate Majority Leader and GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole.  No Republican policymaker of the past half century was more involved with food stamps and food stamp reform.  Dole's conclusion, after years of work in this area, was that food stamps represent the single most important accomplishment in American social policy ...
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What It's Like To Be On Food Stamps And Prove You're Looking For Work 9.1.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Becky Murphy of Summit Lake, Wisconsin, doesn't want to be one of the estimated 1 million Americans  kicked off food stamps this year, so she's doing her homework.  "Every week I have to meet with a caseworker, which requires driving about 18 miles to the nearest town, and I have to show him my 'activity report form,'" Murphy told "So That Happened," the HuffPost Politics podcast.   Thanks to a federal policy change taking effect in most states, unemployed people who don't have kids will no longer be allowed to have more than three months of nutrition assistance unless they work at least 20 hours a week. When it started implementing the policy last year, Wisconsin directed able-bodied adults without dependents who receive food stamps to the voluntary training program. The state is one of only five that has pledged to offer such a qualifying "work activity" to anyone who chooses to participate. Murphy, 41, is enrolled in the FoodShare Employment & Training program . The form she fills out every week asks ...
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Jeb Poverty Plan Would End Food Stamps, Let States Sort Things Out 8.1.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush would get rid of food stamps, housing assistance and other federal safety net programs if elected, replacing them with a scheme to let states figure out how to deal with poverty.  "Governor Bush’s empowerment agenda for the 21st century will end wasteful welfare programs, give power and money back to the states and empower recipients by focusing on work and families," the Bush campaign said in a plan posted on its website Friday . "His plan will create a safety net that protects hardworking Americans when they fall but no longer traps families in perpetual dependence." Bush's plan is similar to what House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has proposed in recent years -- getting rid of federal programs and letting states have the money and decide how to use it to help the poor. The $78 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides monthly food assistance to 45 million Americans, is the largest of the several in Bush's crosshairs. His plan ...
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Jeb Bush's Welfare Plan Eliminates Food Stamps, Housing Assistance Programs 8.1.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Friday proposed an overhaul of the U.S. welfare system that would eliminate what he called failing programs for the poor and send the federal dollars from them to the states to develop their own plans. Bush, continuing an effort to position himself as the most serious, substantive candidate in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, laid out his plan ahead of a poverty forum in South Carolina on Saturday. Bush said decades of federal policy have not solved the vexing problem of how to help generations of Americans mired in poverty. "We have spent trillions of dollars on the ‘war on poverty,’ but there are now still more than 46 million Americans living in poverty," he said in a statement laying out his plan. Bush, a former Florida governor, would take some controversial steps as part of his welfare plan. He would eliminate the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps, housing ...
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New Dietary Guidelines: Industry Win? 8.1.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The Obama administration on Thursday released new dietary guidelines, and critics say there's a winner but it's not public health or food security.

Marion Nestle, nutrition professor at New York University, writes that we can "count the 2015 Guidelines as a win for the meat, sugary drink, processed, and junk food industries."

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Don’t Expect Food Stamps If You’re Unemployed And Childless 6.1.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- As many as a million Americans will be kicked off food stamps this year thanks to the return of federal rules targeting unemployed adults without children. That's according to a new analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal Washington, D.C. think tank, which finds that no fewer than 500,000 people will lose benefits.  "The loss of this food assistance, which averages approximately $150 to $170 per person per month for this group, will cause serious hardship among many," the Center on Budget says.  New Jersey, North Carolina, Georgia and 20 other states will allow able-bodied adults without dependents to receive food assistance for only three months unless they work at least 20 hours per week. Though states are carrying out the policy, it's a requirement of federal law that had been waived for the past several years because of widespread joblessness.  With unemployment rates tumbling, the rule is returning. Several states brought it back ahead of schedule last year, ...
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Asylum Seekers Detained in Aurora 30.12.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Photo credit: Gabriela Flora/American Friends Service Committee Like most Coloradans, I've spent this holiday season enjoying time with my family, feasting on delicious food, and being grateful for the relative abundance and safety that surround me in this country. I was shaken out of my holiday bliss when I received a call from a concerned constituent about a group of seventeen aspiring Americans being detained at a for-profit prison, GEO, located in Aurora, CO, just outside of my district. They have been deprived of their families, their communities, and most importantly, their freedom. They have now given up food, initiating a hunger strike to bring light to the untenable situation they face. They fled their home countries of Bangladesh, Pakistan and India to escape political persecution, torture and probable death. Despite following the proper security and immigration procedures to seek asylum, these men have been held at the detention facility for 14 months, with no road to freedom in sight. These ...
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G7's "New Alliance" Deal Is Failing Farmers in Africa 29.12.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The message from farmers' groups in Tanzania is clear. They don't want an agricultural system that is dominated by large transnational companies; they don't want to be dependent on purchasing synthetic fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides; and they certainly don't want a commercialized seed system that sees them being forced in to purchasing new seeds every season. So why, then, does the UK government persist in its support of schemes that are precisely about rolling out this form of corporatized agriculture? Schemes such as the G7's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, which, despite its name, is all about pushing policy reforms to expand industrial agriculture and attract private investments. 'Tell your government to stop helping big corporations coming to Tanzania and profiting from small-scale farmers in order to build their corporate empires,' was just one of Janet Moro's impassioned messages she had for the UK. As the founding director of Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT), Janet ...
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White House Says Food Stamps Don't Make You Lazy 9.12.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- As the government imposes "work requirements" on unemployed food stamp recipients around the U.S., a new White House report says benefits don't stop people from working in the first place.  In a Tuesday report  summarizing recent research done on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the White House Council of Economic Advisers says SNAP's monthly benefits reduce hunger, lift people out of poverty and improve lifetime health for children whose parents receive benefits.  As for the notion that food stamp benefits diminish people's work effort, the report says "the existing research suggests that the effects are either modest or negligible." More than 45 million Americans are enrolled in the program, a number that is only slowly declining after it surged because of the Great Recession. This year, several states have hurried to limit benefits for able-bodied adults without children or jobs. Federal law says childless adults can only have benefits for three months unless they work 20 ...
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Is food security breaking through in Paris climate talks? 8.12.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The latest news from Paris is cautiously optimistic that we will have an agreement by Friday. What does it mean for agriculture and food security? Although the French government has shown great leadership championing agriculture at COP21 , it is not yet really on the table for the negotiators. The good (and surprising) news comes from the commitments the countries have submitted. A recent CGIAR analysis of the first 150 country climate commitments ( INDCs ) submitted ahead of the UN climate talks revealed that countries appear to prioritize agriculture more than the negotiations have. 80% of commitments included agriculture in mitigation targets, and 64% included agriculture in adaptation strategies. Willingness to address agriculture and food security finally appears to be having some impact. As Tim Grooser, Climate Minister of New Zealand put it: "After many years of banging my head on a brick wall, trying to get attention for agriculture in UNFCCC, we are finally being heard". While this is unlikely ...
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Global food system faces threats from climate change 4.12.2015 Environmental News Network
Climate change is likely to have far-reaching impacts on food security throughout the world, especially for the poor and those living in tropical regions, according to a new international report that includes three co-authors from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
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After 30 years we need viable alternatives to food banks 3.12.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
rabble is expanding our Parliamentary Bureau and we need your help! Support us on Patreon today! Food banks opened their doors 30 years ago. Meant to be a short-term, emergency solution to hunger, their doors remain open because the need has been steadily growing and shows no sign of ...
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