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U.S. Leadership on Global Food and Nutrition Security: We are Making Serious Progress 28.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Despite encouraging progress combating food and nutrition insecurity over the past years, one in nine people worldwide still live in extreme hunger. This number can be further reduced by empowering small-scale producers and women through initiatives and programs that are sustainable and effective. That is why InterAction, the largest coalition of U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), remains dedicated to supporting and building upon global food and nutrition security initiatives. In addition to educating people around the topic and providing strategic backing for effective on-the-ground programs, InterAction strongly supports the commitment U.S. leadership has shown to ending hunger and malnutrition. The United States government is a crucial partner to the broad coalition of organizations supporting food and nutrition security. By sharing U.S. expertise in agriculture development and developing legislation to codify the government’s flagship initiative Feed the Future into law, families and ...
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9,000 Maine Residents Lose Food Stamps Under New Rules 25.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — More than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the state's food stamp program since Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration began enforcing work and volunteer requirements late last year, officials said. The number of people that have been dropped from the program has exceeded even the administration's expectations. About 12,000 adults who aren't disabled and don't have children were in the program before Jan. 1. That number has dropped to 2,680 this month, David Sorensen, spokesman for the Department of Health and Services, told The Associated Press. Advocates for the poor say there aren't enough jobs and volunteer positions available to recipients, especially in rural areas, forcing them to lose their benefits and turn instead to their local food banks. "Northern Washington County really has never come out of the recession, so there aren't economic opportunities that there might be in other parts of the state," said Barbara Chatterton, a case manager at the Down East ...
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Republican Budget Could Kick 11 Million Off Food Stamps 21.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Congressional Republicans proposed a budget this week that could kick 11 million people off food stamps, according to an outside analysis released Friday. House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) unveiled his spending blueprint on Tuesday . The document didn't specify how much it would reduce funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, however, and an aide wouldn't specify when The Huffington Post asked. But during a Wednesday hearing, committee staff revealed the cut would be $125 billion over 10 years, about 34 percent of program funding. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities , a liberal Washington, D.C. think tank, if the savings were achieved by reducing enrollment, states would need to kick 11-12 million people off the program. Another way to save $125 billion over a decade would be to chop everyone's monthly benefits by $55. The program currently serves 46 million Americans with an average monthly benefit of $127.91 per person, according to the U.S. ...
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Higher Education and the Politics of Disruption 17.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Chalk board , college grad via Shutterstock; Edited: JR/TO) Higher education has been hijacked by the corporate elite, who have made learning about free-market principles and personal security rather than the public good and promoting democracy and justice. Academics and social movements must reclaim the university and transform it into a public space. (Image: Chalk board , college grad via Shutterstock; Edited: JR/TO) We now live at a time in which institutions that were meant to limit human suffering and misfortune and protect the public from the excesses of the market have been either weakened or abolished. (1) The consequences can be seen clearly in the ongoing and ruthless assault on the social state, workers, unions, higher education, students, poor people of color and any vestige of the social contract. Free-market policies, values and practices - with their emphasis on the privatization of public wealth, the elimination of social protections and the deregulation of economic activity - now ...
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House Republican Budget Whacks Food Stamps And Medicaid 17.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans unveiled a budget on Tuesday that, in addition to repealing Obamacare, reprises many of the safety net cuts Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) proposed in previous years. In his budget blueprint , Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who took over for Ryan as chairman of the House Budget Committee this year, seeks to balance federal spending over 10 years by cutting assistance to the poor while boosting the defense budget. "Whether we are talking about food stamps, housing assistance or education benefits -- all are made more difficult when Washington forgets the limits of its own understanding and power," Price's outline says. "When that happens, social and safety net programs stop being a bridge to a more secure future and rather become a barrier to success." Price's budget would cut food stamps and Medicaid in two ways. As Ryan unsuccessfully proposed in previous years' budgets, the proposal released Tuesday would turn funding for Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, ...
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Four Numbers that Show the Beating Down of Middle America 16.3.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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The Failure of Modern Industrial Agriculture 15.3.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Senior Malnutrition: A National Nutrition Crisis 11.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
March is National Nutrition Month , a "nutrition education and information campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics which focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits." All Americans should observe this month but one group of people that deserves special attention during this month are older adults, who are at higher risk for health issues related to poor nutrition. A lot of appropriate attention is focused on hunger and food insecurity as well as obesity. However, malnutrition, also known as undernutrition, is a bigger threat because of the deeper health consequences it creates. What is malnutrition? Simply stated, it means poor nutrition or "insufficient food intake compared with nutrition requirements." It can be related to an excessive or imbalanced diet, clinical conditions that impair the body's absorption or use of foods and a diet that lacks essential nutrients. Malnutrition is a growing ...
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From Famine to Feast in Forty Years: Policy Matters 3.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the mid-1970s, the outlook for food supplies around the world was grim. There were talks of "food triage"-- food-rich countries would decide which food-poor countries should get food, thereby dooming the rest to death. At that point, famines in Bangladesh and Ethiopia had killed hundreds of thousands of people, and countries such as India and Pakistan were teetering on the brink. Despite widespread agreement on food as a basic human right, there wasn't enough food--or solutions--to go around. Fast forward to today: Hunger and malnutrition still exist, but not nearly on the same scale. Bangladesh and Ethiopia have halved the prevalence of hunger in their countries in the past 15 years. Indeed, the drastic progress humanity has made in ensuring food security and nutrition makes the thought of a food triage something out of a dystopian movie. How did this happen? There are many actors who've played significant parts, including Norman Borlaug , father of the Green Revolution and Amartya Sen, who helped ...
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How Republicans Could Cut Food Stamps This Year 3.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's new point man on food stamps, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), insists that he doesn't want to cut nutrition assistance benefits. Instead, Conaway is leading a multiyear review of the program, just to make sure it's the best it can be. But it might not be up to Conaway. Republicans could push food stamp cuts this year through a parliamentary process known as "reconciliation." The GOP has discussed using reconciliation as a way to repeal Obamacare or to do tax reform. Now, some Democrats and food stamp advocates are warning that the Republican-controlled Congress could use the obscure budget maneuver to reduce food stamp assistance. Here's how it could happen: When Congress passes a budget resolution, as it is expected to do this spring, it sets spending levels for various federal agencies. Through what are known as reconciliation instructions, budget committee leaders can then instruct the committees overseeing those agencies to meet specified spending limits. So, in ...
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Who Gets Food Stamps? White People, Mostly 28.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Gene Alday, a Republican member of the Mississippi state legislature, apologized last week for telling a reporter that all the African-Americans in his hometown of Walls, Mississippi, are unemployed and on food stamps. "I come from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call 'welfare crazy checks,'" Alday said to a reporter for The Clarion-Ledger , a Mississippi newspaper, earlier this month. "They don't work." Nationally, most of the people who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are white. According to 2013 data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the program, 40.2 percent of SNAP recipients are white, 25.7 percent are black, 10.3 percent are Hispanic, 2.1 percent are Asian and 1.2 percent are Native American. In the two congressional districts that overlap Alday's state legislature district, more African-Americans than whites receive food stamps, according to USDA data . Twenty-three million households and 47 ...
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The True Root of Hunger: The Economics of Organic Farming 26.2.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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US Addiction to Corn and Cars Is Fueling Global Hunger and Displacement 26.2.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Poor People Can't Cook, and Other Myths, part one 25.2.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? Chip in to keep stories like these coming.   Today's post is part one of three. In the next two parts I discuss why low income families eat less healthy food, the silly things that many people (usually with money) say we should do about it, and why it is a problem to make food literacy the explanation for food ...
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US Offering Its 'Assistance' to Push GMOs on Africa: Report 24.2.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Manipulate and Mislead: How GMOs Are Infiltrating Africa 23.2.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Why Do People Feel Entitled to Tell the Poor What to Eat? 22.2.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Last weekend, consumers all across America were buying their slice of the 2.2 billion pounds of chocolate that would be sold for Valentine’s Day. For those who make enough income to afford their basic necessities, that necessitates setting aside some of the money they would have normally spent on rent, clothes or regular groceries to buy candies. For the poor, that could mean using some of their meager food-stamp allocation to give a gift to their loved ones. The latter method, however, riled up some local news stations. “SNAP accepted for Valentine’s Day candy raises questions,” blared a headline for one station in Tennessee. Reporter Felicia Bolton asked two shoppers what they thought about EBT cards being used to buy candy. They didn’t approve: “If it’s supposed to be nutritional, candy’s not really nutritional,” said one. Curt Autry, at the Richmond, Virginia, NBC affiliate, conducted his own investigation into just how much candy comes in baskets that the poor can buy with food stamps. Food stamp ...
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Hunting for solutions to the Nunavut food-cost crisis 21.2.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Beyond the supermarket crisis and its attendant policy, communities in Nunavut are sparking long-lasting change through food secure initiatives. Are we paying attention? Like this article? Chip in to keep stories like these coming. In late 2014, Nunavut's supermarket's prices spiked , garnering national attention for the fifth time since ...
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Big Ag’s Fight for Twitter Credibility 18.2.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Keeping Food Security on the Table at UN Climate Talks 14.2.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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