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Category: Food Security :: Hunger
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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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As a Man-Made Famine Looms, Christmas Comes Early to South Sudan 7.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com [This story was reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. Additional funding was provided through the generosity of Adelaide Gomer.] Juba, South Sudan -- The soft glow of the dancing white lights is a dead giveaway.  It’s Christmas in July at the U.S. Embassy compound.  Behind high walls topped with fierce-looking metal impediments meant to discourage climbers, there’s a party under way. Close your eyes and you could be at a stateside summer barbeque or an office holiday party.  Even with them open, the local realities of dirt roads and dirty water , civil war, mass graves , and nightly shoot-to-kill curfews seem foreign. These walls, it turns out, are even higher than they look. Out by the swimming pool and the well-stocked bar, every table is packed with people.  Slightly bleary-eyed men and sun-kissed women wear Santa hats and decorations in their hair.  One festive fellow is dressed as Cousin Eddie from National Lampoon’s ...
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As a Man-Made Famine Looms, Christmas Comes Early to South Sudan 7.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Ten Reasons for Saying ‘No’ to the North Over Trade 4.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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India Stands Firm on Protecting Food Security of South at WTO 2.8.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Ozone + Rising Temperatures = Problems for Food Security 29.7.2014 Environmental News Network
A new study shows that interactions between increasing temperature and air pollution can be quite significant when it comes to addressing food security. Conducted in part by researchers at MIT, a study looked in detail at global production of four leading food crops — rice, wheat, corn, and soy. It predicts that effects will vary considerably from region to region, and that some of the crops are much more strongly affected by one or the other of the factors
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UN Bodies Sound Alarm on Looming Famine 27.7.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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WTO: EU, Aus-led group unite against India over Trade Facilitation Agreement 26.7.2014 FirstPost: India

Unconvinced by India's line that it will not sign the TFA at WTO, a large block of global powers have joined hands against New Delhi.

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5 ways to improve global food security 25.7.2014 TreeHugger
The US produces more than enough food to feed the world, but hunger is still a major issue around the world. A new study proposes some ways to change that.
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Ryan "Opportunity Grant" Proposal Would Likely Increase Poverty and Shrink Resources for Poverty Programs Over Time 25.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A centerpiece of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new poverty plan would consolidate 11 safety-net and related programs — from food stamps to housing vouchers, child care, and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) — into a single block grant to states.  This new “Opportunity Grant” would operate initially in an unspecified number of states. While some other elements of the Ryan poverty plan deserve serious consideration, such as those relating to the Earned Income Tax Credit and criminal justice reform, his “Opportunity Grant” would likely increase poverty and hardship, and is therefore ill-advised, for several reasons: While Chairman Ryan describes the proposal as maintaining the same overall funding as the current system for each participating state, that would be a practical impossibility. His proposal would convert the nation’s basic food assistance safety net — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps — from an entitlement that ...
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Paul Ryan Makes New Poverty Pitch 24.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday unveiled a new, highly anticipated proposal to fight poverty. "I want to talk about how we can expand opportunity in America," the former vice presidential candidate said at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. "I don’t have all the answers; nobody does. But by working together, we can build a healthy economy and help working families get ahead.” The big idea in Ryan's plan would be to consolidate most of the federal government's anti-poverty programs, such as food stamps and housing vouchers, into one program that states could oversee and coordinate more closely. Ryan's "Opportunity Grant" would be voluntary -- states that want to try it could submit their own plan, so long as it includes "work requirements" for the able-bodied poor. Though he has a well-earned reputation as tough on spending, Ryan said Thursday that the Opportunity Grant is only about reform, not reducing budget deficits. "It would be budget neutral," Ryan said. "The ...
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Do Not GM My Food! 21.7.2014 Truthout.com
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Do Not GM My Food! 21.7.2014 Truthout.com
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UN World Food Programme in Ecuador: Strengthening Food Security through Ancestral Knowledge 18.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As Ecuador further modernizes, it may be able to find stable ground by drawing upon knowledge from its past. The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Ecuador is using ancestral knowledge (conocimiento ancestral) to effectively reduce the impacts of climate change by helping Ecuadorian people to successfully adapt. In conjunction with the Adaptation Fund, WFP recently collaborated in the development of a book entitled The Plants of the Andes (Spanish: Plantas de la Cordillera Andina), written by Mario and Patricio Pillajo, two brothers from the Andean village of Papallacta, famous for its hot springs and diverse plant and wildlife. Published this year, the book highlights the plant life of the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve and explores native plants of nearby Cayambe and Pedro Moncayo, which are included in WFP's Adaptation to Climate Change Initiative, due in part their rapidly receding glaciers. Throughout the book, replete with colorful photos, the Pillajo brothers identify the various uses of ...
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GOP Senate Candidate Tom Cotton Calls Food Stamp Recipients 'Addicts' 18.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Arkansas Senate candidate Rep. Tom Cotton (R), who is challenging Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), defended his vote against an agriculture and nutrition assistance bill by characterizing food stamp recipients as addicts. Cotton made his comments about food stamps during a July 8 tele-town hall, in audio sent to The Huffington Post. "I don’t think that we should be using farmers as a way to pack more welfare spending into Barack Obama’s government," Cotton said. "Nor should we have a food stamp program that isn’t reformed, that doesn’t have job training and work requirements, that doesn't have drug testing requirements, so we can get people who are addicted the help they need. Or make sure that long-term addicts or recidivists are not abusing taxpayer dollars." The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more colloquially referred to as the food stamp program, serves 1 in 7 Americans, or 46 million. Congress cut food stamp spending by about 1 percent in a bipartisan compromise in order to pass the ...
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South Sudanese Children Starving While Aid Falling Short 17.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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