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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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It Appears Republicans Want To Tell Poor People How To Use Food Stamps 8.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
If you’re concerned that food stamp users might be buying too much soda and junk food, you share something in common with at least one member of Congress. According to a report from Politico , Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, said Monday that he is concerned about the amount of soda that users of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are buying and plans to call a hearing on SNAP purchases. Conaway’s concern, according to Politico, stems from data on the program released last fall by the Department of Agriculture. That data found that SNAP households spent more on soft drinks than any other category of groceries. A  front-page story in the New York Times  last month characterized SNAP users as people who bought sodas and other sugar-sweetened soft drinks by the cartload. The problem with that Times story, as The Huffington Post noted , is that it mischaracterized the USDA report’s main finding: There were “no major differences” in grocery purchases between ...
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15,000 Somali Refugees Who Had Planned To Resettle In The U.S. Are Stranded 2.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
More than two decades of civil war alongside recurring drought has compounded an already-dire food security crisis for Somalians. And as the country and larger region face water shortages once again, U.S. President Donald Trump’s refugee and travel restrictions are leaving its people with even fewer options for escape. On Friday, Trump signed an executive order that, among other things, suspends refugee admissions to the U.S. from all countries for four months and restricts travel from seven countries ― Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen ― for 90 days. Just a few days later, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization announced that, after months of lower-than-average rainfall, more than 17 million people are in “crisis and emergency food insecurity levels” in several east African nations, including Somalia and Sudan. Two million Somalis are currently seeking refuge outside their homeland, making it the world’s third-largest source country for refugees ― behind only Syria and ...
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Are mussels, clams and oysters the most ethical seafood? 27.1.2017 TreeHugger
One scientist believes that these plant-like bivalves could build much-needed food security in aquaculture.
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Trump's Cabinet Should Think Food 12.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
What should Donald Trump's new Cabinet be focused on when they take office in January? How about food? This does not mean we want the Trump Cabinet to be thinking about dinner plans, but rather food for the world's hungry. There is no more important foreign policy goal than for the United States to fight world hunger. Food is peace. The Trump administration needs to pay attention to hunger. A tale from 1947 shows us why. It was the day after Christmas in the White House and not a creature was stirring, except President Harry Truman's Cabinet Committee on World Food Programs. The Committee, set up to fight hunger after World War II, presented an urgent report to Truman on that day. A top priority for the Truman White House was fighting world hunger. In fact, the first televised address from the White House in 1947 was about fighting hunger in Europe. (National Archives photo) This Cabinet Committee was led by the Secretary of Agriculture Clinton P. Anderson and included George C. Marshall, the former Army ...
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Despite Arrests, Peace Activists Vow to Keep Feeding City's Homeless 9.1.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

Seven activists with the peace group Food Not Bombs were arrested for feeding homeless people on Saturday in a public park in Tampa, Florida.

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Restaurants Skim A Bit Of Food Off Your Plate — For A Good Cause 30.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Would you sacrifice some of your lunch if it would benefit a hungry kid? That’s the idea behind the nonprofit Stop Hunger ’s novel initiative in Brazil, Satisfeito  ― which means “satisfied” in Portuguese. Participating restaurants serve dishes that are about one-third smaller than a typical portion, charging customers full price. They then donate the money they save to nonprofits that fight child hunger. The goal is twofold: to fight food waste by serving up smaller portions so less food gets thrown in the trash, and to get people engaged in combatting malnutrition. “The amount of food wasted worldwide is outrageous,” project coordinator Marcos Szrajer told The Huffington Post. “And at the same time, we have people starving throughout the world. We have to fight this contradiction.”  Currently, 60 restaurants participate in the initiative. Most are based in São Paulo, but there are others throughout Brazil and also in Mexico. In the four years since Satisfeito’s launch, it has generated $40,000 in ...
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Starving Yemeni Children, Bloated US Weapons Makers 15.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Medea Benjamin

While the world is transfixed on the epic tragedy unfolding in Syria, another tragedy—a hidden one—has been consuming the children of Yemen. Battered by the twin evils of war and hunger, every ten minutes a child in Yemen is now dying from malnutrition, diarrhea and respiratory-tract infections. A new UNICEF report shows over 400,000 Yemeni children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Without immediate medical attention, these children will die.

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Changes Coming For Stores That Accept Food Stamps 13.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― Stores that accept food stamps will have to sell fresh produce and whole grains under a new  U.S. Department of Agriculture  rule designed to urge recipients toward healthier choices. The new rule, which scaled back a stricter proposal that members of Congress said could jeopardize poor people’s ability to use their benefits, is considered a victory for mom-and-pop retailers and corner stores that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program  payments. The  changes announced  last week require more than 250,000 SNAP-authorized stores to  carry at least 84 staple foods, including a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Congress called for the stricter standards in 2014 when it last reauthorized SNAP, which provides monthly benefits to 43 million Americans and is one of the federal government’s most important antipoverty programs. “This final rule balances the need to improve the healthy staple foods available for purchase at participating stores, while maintaining food access ...
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Climate Change And Food Security: Two Intrinsically-Linked Global Issues 10.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As the population of our planet grows and the urban explosion continues, climate change represents a new challenge for our existing food production systems. (...) Climate change is not simply a matter of energy. Water resources are amongst the first ecosystems to be impacted by climate change. How can we guarantee food security and access to drinking water for all, in a world that could have 9 billion inhabitants by 2035, and where pessimistic forecasts predict a temperature rise of over 2 degrees Celsius? These challenges demand concrete actions and answers from all in our societies, from public authorities to businesses, NGOs and citizens. Protecting food security, promoting sustainable agriculture and guaranteeing access to water for all, under equitable conditions... These are objectives that were made a top priority by the UN when listing them in their Sustainable Development Goals adopted a few weeks before COP21. Conflicting uses, water shortages and the pollution of resources all threaten the ...
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Republicans Say They Won't Be 'Gutting' Food Stamps Anytime Soon 8.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans who oversee the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program released a report on Wednesday detailing the results of their two-year, comprehensive review of the program — and surprisingly, they don’t think it should be repealed or replaced. “You will find nothing in this report that suggests gutting SNAP or getting rid of a program that does so much to serve so many,” Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, said in the report . Although Republicans have long sought to slash the food stamps program — one of many government assistance programs that some in the party consider a barrier , rather than a bridge, to economic improvement — the committee commended its successes and offered suggestions for further improvement. “We can all agree that no one ought to go hungry in America, and SNAP is essential in protecting the most vulnerable citizens during tough times,” Conaway and Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) wrote in the report. “For many it ...
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Climate Finance for Farmers Is Key to Averting 1 Billion Hungry 28.11.2016 Truthout.com
The arid region of Settat, 200 kms northeast of Marrakech, Morocco. (Photo: Fabiola Ortiz / IPS) Marrakech -- With climate change posing growing threats to smallholder farmers, experts working around the issues of agriculture and food security say it is more critical than ever to implement locally appropriate solutions to help them adapt to changing rainfall patterns. Most countries consider agriculture a priority when it comes to their plans to limit the rise of global temperatures to less than 2 degrees C. In line with the Paris Climate Change Agreement, 95 percent of all countries included agriculture in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). "The climate is changing. We don't have rains that we used to have in the past. In the last decade, we had two consecutive years of intense drought and we lost all the production. The animals all died because they had no water," Ahmed Khiat, 68, a small farmer in the Moroccan community of Souaka, told IPS. Khiat comes from a long line of ...
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How Solar power is bringing food security to Africa 25.11.2016 Environmental News Network
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. Ninety per cent of Malawians live in rural areas; agriculture makes up 80 per cent of the labour force and 80 per cent of its exports. With so many people reliant on growing things from the ground, disruptions to the climate threatens the wellbeing of an entire nation.For centuries Malawian farmers have learned the patterns of the seasons - when to plant their seeds in order to capture the rains that watered the ground and brought forth food to eat and sell. But this life-saving knowledge is becoming worthless, as rainfall patterns are distorted by a changing climate and the El Nino weather event, which this year created the worst food crisis in 25 years.
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These 8 Statistics Put America’s Childhood Hunger Problem Into Perspective 23.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The hunger epidemic ― and specifically childhood hunger ― is a global issue, and the United States is by no means immune. Many may be surprised to learn just how widespread childhood hunger is among the youngest and most vulnerable Americans, as it impacts millions of children in the U.S. Lack of access to food in general, but also nutritionally-rich foods, can carry long-term impacts: Children who experience hunger as they grow up are at risk of impaired brain development and motor skills, and often struggle in school. In order to shed light on childhood hunger in the U.S., we’ve partnered with Unilever to show just how close to home this issue is. 1 In 6 Children The number of children in the United States who don’t know when their next meal will be. 42.2 Million The number of Americans who lived in food-insecure homes in 2015. As defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture , these households face “the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally sufficient and safe foods, or the uncertain ...
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Here's What People Buy With Food Stamps 22.11.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― Though people like to complain about food stamp recipients using their benefits for unhealthy things like soda and extravagances like crab legs , new data show they buy basically the same food as everyone else. Households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and households that didn’t get benefits both bought a lot of junk food, according to a new study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the program. About 40 cents of every dollar went to basics like bread, milk, meat, eggs, fruits and vegetables for both types of households. And 20 cents of every dollar went to sodas and salty snacks. As a percentage of their spending, soft drinks were the top individual commodity among food stamp households, and they came in second place among non-SNAP households.  Kevin Concannon, the USDA’s undersecretary for nutrition, said the data shows food stamp recipients’ purchasing patterns are more similar to than different from everyone else’s.   “It’s ...
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Paris Climate Agreement Enters Into Force: What Does This Mean For Food And Agriculture? 10.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Paris Climate Agreement entered into force last week, heralding a major milestone in international action on climate change, and an ambitious target to contain global temperature rise to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, in this century. Over 100 countries, which account for nearly 70% of global emissions, have ratified the Agreement, and are now obliged to deliver on their commitments and convert their plans into action. But unless countries act decisively and meaningfully, and increase their ambitions over time, this will not be enough to safeguard food and farming. Figure 1. Gap between the current collective ambition of national climate plans (known as NDCs) and the global 2°C goal. Source: Adapted from Rogelj et al. 2016 in Vermeulen 2016 . Future food security in a changing climate The Paris Agreement is made up of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), which are climate action plans developed by countries, outlining their priorities and measures. The INDCs of countries ...
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