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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Americans Waste Enough Food to End World Hunger, and More 3.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
In today's On the News segment: Americans waste enough food to end world hunger; in Florida, a new community is being designed to exist in harmony with the environment; air pollution affects more than just respiratory health; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here -- on the best of the rest of Science and Green News ... You need to know this ... While much of the mainstream media was focused on 2016 election cycle, Secretary of State John Kerry was making history with his granddaughter at the United Nations. Late last month, Secretary Kerry joined a gathering of the majority of the world's nations and signed on to the historic Paris climate accord. As of the end of April, more than 100 countries have officially signed on to the climate pact, but there is still much more work to be done to make the agreement official in the eyes of international law. To put the climate accord into force, at least 55 nations representing at least 55 percent of global carbon emissions must sign the pact and approve it ...
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Angry Woman In Walmart Throws A Fit Over Man Using Food Stamps 3.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Video posted on YouTube shows a woman at a Walmart store loudly berating a man who was paying for his groceries with food stamps.  As a child sits in the man's shopping cart looking on, the woman complains about how she is paying for his food  with her tax money.   NOTE: The description below, and video above, contains strong language.  "You know, I put in 50-60 hour weeks... trying to provide for my family," the man says, although some of his words are unclear. "You’re not providing for it, I am," the woman snaps back. "The government is." "You're not," the man says. "They take it out of my check," the woman says. "Bullshit they don’t." The man suggests she complain to her lawmaker or vote Republican.  "Oh, trust me, I am not a bleeding heart fucking liberal," the woman answers. The rest of the clip contains a similar back-and-forth, punctuated with expletives. Both appear to be shopping with children. "Deal with it, bitch," the man says at one point.  At another point, the woman claims the man must be ...
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Reducing food waste could help mitigate climate change 11.4.2016 Environmental News Network
About a tenth of overall global greenhouse-gas emissions from agriculture could be traced back to food waste by mid-century, a new study shows. A team from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research for the first time provides comprehensive food loss projections for countries around the world while also calculating the associated emissions. Currently, one third of global food production never finds its way onto our plates. This share will increase drastically, if emerging countries like China and India adopt Western nutrition lifestyles, the analyses shows. Reducing food waste would offer the chance to ensure food security, which is well known. Yet at the same time it could help mitigate dangerous climate change.
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Bill Clinton's Welfare Reform Law Is Kicking Up To 1 Million People Off Food Stamps 9.4.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As many as 1 million unemployed Americans are getting kicked off food stamps this year thanks to the welfare reform law Bill Clinton signed in 1996. States are in the process of imposing a three-month time limit on benefits for working-age adults who don't have children or jobs. Tens of thousands of Americans in nearly two dozen states reached the limit at the beginning of the month.  "These totally unnecessary cuts would increase demand on the nation's charitable food system at a time when food banks and other hunger-relief groups are stretched to meet sustained high need," Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America, a national nonprofit that supports food banks, said Friday .  Usually billed as a "work requirement," the limit on benefits was part of the landmark welfare reform law Clinton signed after campaigning for president on the promise to "end welfare as we know it." Clinton touted the law's benefits in response to protesters at an event on Thursday.  "They say the welfare reform bill increased poverty," ...
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Climate violence and the criminalization of hunger 8.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earlier this week tragic events on the island of Mindao in the Philippines, served as a stark reminder of how climate change and poverty are visiting violence on peasant and indigenous communities across the globe. After record-breaking temperatures and a months-long drought resulted in massive crop failures, 6,000 desperate peasant farmers and supporters blocked a highway near Kidapawan City in Cotabato province, Their demand? 15,000 sacks of rice from the government disaster relief agency to ease the food crisis. After days of protest, instead of rice, Filipino police and army forces opened fire into the unarmed crowd, killing 10 and wounding over 100, with a further 87 reported missing. Over 40 protesters were arrested and charged . The country's most widely read newspaper, The Philippine Star, reported on the event as if it was more of public nuisance than a criminal act of extra-judicial execution. They insinuated there were links between the starving protestors and the New People's Army, the armed ...
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Amid Climate-Fueled Food Crisis, Filipino Forces Open Fire on Starving Farmers 4.4.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

Police and army forces shot at about 6,000 starving farmers and Lumad Indigenous people demonstrating for drought relief in the Philippines on Friday, ultimately killing 10. Observers characterized the security forces' action as "a strafing."

"The government's response to hunger is violence," said Zeph Rapollo, Southeast Asia campaign coordinator for 350.org, in an email to Common Dreams.

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What Bill Gates Isn't Telling You About GMOs 25.3.2016 Truthout.com
Some of the world's most powerful figures tout the benefits of GMOs, but what's the real story? Facts on the ground expose the PR spin, half truths and outright propaganda that has come to dominate a public conversation that is not so much about engineering genes, but engineering truth for the benefit of multinational corporations. Bill Gates. (Photo: OnInnovation ) Fight back against the spread of misinformation perpetuated by mainstream news. Help independent media thrive by making a donation to Truthout today! The food industry's fight to stop Vermont from labeling genetically engineered foods is  heading to the floor  of the US Senate. And the spotlight on labeling is underscoring the need for our country to have a more honest conversation about GMOs. Two recent videos illuminate the deep divide between the stories we hear from opponents and proponents of the controversial food technology. In the  first video , the Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Blumenstein interviewed Bill Gates about his views on ...
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Yes, We Need No GMO Bananas 17.3.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Another skirmish in the global battle over GMOs has broken out -- this time at Iowa State University. Recently, a coalition of students delivered a petition with 57,309 signatures to ISU's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences protesting an upcoming human feeding trial of genetically engineered (GE) bananas. The petition, addressed to the college and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was simultaneously delivered to by AGRA Watch to the Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle. If the experiment takes place, twelve female ISU students will be paid $900 each to eat the bananas in what is billed as one of the first human feeding trials of GE products. For some, the ISU GE banana study might be seen as a welcome change of direction. After all, the GE industry that has yet to carry out any epidemiological or regional ecological studies to assess GE's adverse impact on public health or the environment. (Essentially, we've all been part of one big, uncontrolled industrial experiment.) But this study ...
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Kasich a Champion for Hunger Relief 14.3.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The coming primaries will decide who the Republicans will nominate for President. They would be wise to look to someone who can tackle issues of great national and international importance like hunger. For America usually goes with the candidate who shows leadership in feeding the hungry. John Kasich has. Governor Kasich has been praised by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks as "a true champion for our emergency hunger relief efforts." When another governor, Franklin Roosevelt, was running for President in 1932 he had a strong record in New York of feeding the hungry. It was Roosevelt, in a speech in Buffalo before the election, who said, "It was the duty of the State to see to it that none of its citizens went hungry." Governor Roosevelt championed programs to help the poor and homeless. Franklin D. Roosevelt in his "Governor's chair" in Albany, New York. (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum) The same held true for Roosevelt as president. When he made a campaign speech in Boston before ...
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How to Save the Planet, Reduce Hunger, and Generate $100 Billion by Reducing Food Waste 11.3.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, a report was released that outlined a plan capable of creating 15,000 jobs, generating $100 billion in economic value, reducing domestic water use by 1.6 trillion gallons, diverting 18 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, and providing 1.8 billion meals annually to help feed food-insecure Americans. The plan would save U.S. consumers $5.6 billion and generate nearly $2 billion in new business profits every year. Perhaps most remarkably, the plan is also supported by a broad diversity of stakeholders including businesses, government, advocates, and philanthropists. The report, Roadmap to Reduce US Food Waste , was created with the objective of presenting a clear path toward most efficiently and effectively addressing the food waste dilemma. It was produced by ReFED , a collaboration of more than 30 business, nonprofit, foundation and government leaders committed to reducing U.S. food waste. The Food Waste Dilemma The volume and the impacts of our food waste are staggering. In the U.S., we ...
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Obama Administration Hits Maine Governor Paul LePage On Food Stamps 3.3.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Tom Vilsack is not impressed by Maine Gov. Paul LePage. Under the Republican governor, food stamp enrollment has dropped sharply among adults who don't have jobs or children, and Vilsack, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, thinks LePage has simply kicked people off benefits without trying to help them. "I think he's looking for a shortcut, he's looking for a way of making it easy on the state," Vilsack told The Huffington Post. "I'm happy when we reduce the rolls the right way: I'm happy when someone gets a job." Though food stamps are out of the national spotlight -- there's no present-day Newt Gingrich lambasting President Barack Obama as "The Food Stamp President" -- policy battles around food assistance have been raging across the country. States are in the process of ending Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for a million people, with conservative think tanks hailing the caseload decline in places like Maine and Kansas . The states are actually carrying out a federal ...
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Living Under Assad's Siege, Again 1.3.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Assad regime's brutal murder campaign on Syria has destroyed my life back home. Four years ago, I had a lot of dreams that I planned to implement in my hometown. Today, I write this plea as a refugee who has lost family members to indiscriminate bombs and arbitrary detainment. My name is Ameenah and I am 25 years old, yet somehow I feel much older. I have experienced the siege on Moadamiyeh by Assad's forces in 2013. It's an experience I can never forget. To be besieged means to see tears and depression. You see grown men and women crying because they are not able to feed their starving children. You hear the voices of the children at night crying, unable to sleep because of the piercing pain of hunger. A good day under siege meant I was given an expired can of food with worms in it. Even more haunting is how people looked. Their bodies are frail and their skin pale and yellow, a slight shake often took over so many children and adult bodies due to the lack of sugar in their blood. Living under siege ...
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Renewed calls to end Nunavut food crisis bolstered by #endthepricehike campaign 22.2.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Monday, February 22, 2016 Food prices are skyrocketing across Canada especially in the North. This new campaign seeks to raise awareness about food insecurity in Nunavut and create real lasting change. Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these ...
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GOP Bill Aims To Ban Food Stamps For Steak And Lobster In New York 20.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A state senator in New York wants to stop food stamp recipients from using their benefits on lobster, steak and candy bars. "Many of these items aren’t just unhealthy," state Sen. Patty Ritchie (R) said in a press release  announcing her legislation this week. "They’re also expensive." Conservatives have always complained about what poor people buy with their food stamps, but Ritchie's bill shows that a new surge of legislative efforts to restrict food options -- including bills in Maine, Wisconsin and the U.S. Congress last year -- hasn't subsided. Even the Obama administration wants to nudge food stamp recipients toward healthier options, announcing this week that some stores will have to stock healthier food options if they want to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. A lobbying group for convenience stores complained that if stores are kicked off SNAP for failing to stock enough healthy options, poor people will suffer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the ...
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You Need to Know: Where the 2016 Presidential Candidates Stand on Food Policy 19.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
At this point in the campaign race, we know the candidates' beliefs on issues like war, immigration and Wall Street. But what about food? I wrangled all the information I could find--from tweets to votes--to see where the candidates stand on issues of food policy. Keep in mind, I'm not saying who's right or wrong, just pulling together quotes and votes to help us understand how each candidate views the issues. If I have noted "No public comment available" but you know of a public comment, please add it to the comments below with a link to the original source. Hillary Clinton On food security: Clinton has tweeted : "What happens to kids in families cut from unemployment insurance & food stamps? They're #2SmallToFail, & deserve an equal chance to succeed." She plans to double funding for the Farmers Market Promotion Program and the Local Food Promotion Programs to support Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients' access to fresh food. On climate change: After the Paris Agreement in ...
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We Know What Candidates Have Spent On Pizza, But Not Where They Stand On Hunger 18.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In this age of oversharing, few moments of the 2016 presidential primary season haven't been documented in detail. We know Florida Sen. Marco Rubio likes electronic dance music overlaid with clean lyrics and that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is a fan of " The Princess Bride ." We know how much campaigns have spent on pizza and fast food,  and how presidential hopefuls feel about jalapeño  peppers and eggs.  But amid all the chatter, the candidates have all but ignored food policy -- which advocacy groups point out encompasses such critical issues as hunger, healthy food access and farm subsidies.  Chef and restaurateur Tom Colicchio is the co-founder of the D.C.-based nonprofit Food Policy Action . He summed up the importance of addressing food policy with one simple question: "What affects us more than the food we eat and produce in this country?" "If you look at what’s driving this election, it’s immigration, it’s safety, it’s ISIS, it’s the big money going into campaigns," the popular "Top Chef" judge told The ...
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Healthy Ground, Healthy Atmosphere: Recarbonizing the Earth's Soils 14.2.2016 Truthout.com
Soil scientists and climate researchers believe that returning carbon to the soil on a large scale could help mitigate climate change. (Photo: Plant soil via Shutterstock) On a bright October morning Dave Brandt tromps through the middle of his central Ohio wheat field. The grain was harvested months ago, but there isn't an inch of bare dirt anywhere. Instead, more than 10 varieties of plants, including crimson clover, pearl millet, and Austrian winter peas, form a "cover crop cocktail" that stretches all the way to the road bordering his property. "This will be here all winter," Brandt says. "And in the spring, we'll plant corn right into this." Brandt hasn't tilled his soil since 1972, when he rented his first 600 acres of farmland to grow wheat, corn, and soybeans. And by keeping plants on his land in various stages of growth and decomposition, Brandt appears to have increased the amount of carbon in his soil over the years. One study estimated that total organic carbon in the top foot of Brandt's ...
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Food Stamp Drug Testing Could Become A Thing 12.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- A top Republican wants the federal government to spend half a billion dollars so states can make people on food stamps pass drug tests. Legislation Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) proposes would cut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program spending by $1.2 billion, then plow $600 million into grants for states to carry out drug testing programs.  Federal law doesn't currently allow states to drug test food stamp recipients, an obstacle that has prevented Republicans in Georgia, Wisconsin and elsewhere from carrying out the policy. Aderholt's bill would allow drug tests, but not require them.  "This is a compassionate way to try and help these people who have issues, instead of turning the head," he  told The Associated Press . Roughly 45 million Americans receive food stamps , making nutrition assistance one of the country's most important antipoverty initiatives. It's a $75 billion federal program but states are in charge of distributing benefits.  One of the Democrats' most vocal food ...
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Fighting food insecurity with increased income 10.2.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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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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