Whenever a PSA cuts to dreary music and a morose-looking child, viewers can be sure they’ll be directed to helping underserved kids in a country that they may or may not be able to identify on a map.
Not so fast.
In an effort to underscore how severe the issue of hunger is right here in America, nonprofit Great Nations Eat partnered with agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty to release a couple of ads that follow standard PSA protocol, but depict kids in the U.S.
The 30-second “Germany for America” spot, for example, features a stoic child clutching her stuffed bear while sitting on a stoop.
As she stares dead on, the translated captions relay that this girl survives on little nutritious food and is at risk for developing diabetes and heart disease.
The PSA then goes on to explain that 49 million Americans are struggling with food insecurity, and that Germany, which only has a 6 percent hunger rate, needs to step in and help.
The unexpected turn aims to demonstrate how in the most powerful country in the world, ...
In 2013, 49.1 million Americans lived in households struggling with hunger, a stark number which includes 15.8 million children and 4.8 million seniors. Food insecurity is a daily reality for about one in seven households. So why do we only seem to talk passionately about it when a celebrity is involved?
If you paid any attention to the recent controversy surrounding Gwyneth Paltrow's $29 SNAP grocery shopping challenge , you know what I mean. When she posted a photo of the groceries she purchased with the weekly budget of a typical SNAP (food stamp) recipient, Paltrow inspired a lot of snarky editorials poking fun at the actress's cluelessness and comments naming all the ways her charmed life is not like the typical SNAP recipient's, but in the end, it was just more media coverage of a wealthy celebrity.
What are the challenges of shopping, meal planning, and cooking when your budget relies on SNAP benefits? Someone who spends a week trying it out isn't the right person to ask. Instead, I spoke with ...
Monsanto has begun literally planting the seeds of genetically modified organisms' spread throughout Europe. (Photo: GMO Seeds via Shutterstock)
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Working quietly on the back of political turmoil driven by Western special interests (including itself) Monsanto has begun literally planting the seeds of genetically modified organisms' spread throughout Europe, starting in Ukraine and working westward toward the European Union thanks to a slowly but surely softening by regulators regarding GMOs, despite their widespread unpopularity.
Regarding this American biotech company and others like it, and their attempts to infest the planet with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and in particular their attempts to corrupt the whole of Europe with their unwanted poison through a backdoor (Ukraine), has prompted Russia to speak up for their Eastern European neighbor. Up until the armed coup in ...
There are hundreds of women who inspire us at Food Tank. They are entrepreneurs, stewards of the land, business owners, researchers, farmers, and innovators, who are the backbone of the world's food systems.
In fact, on average, women represent 43 percent of the world's agricultural labor force and 47 percent of the global fisheries labor force, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Bank. These hard-working women produce more than half of the world's food despite being less than half of the labor force, and women account for 60 to 80 percent of food production in developing countries. And if the world's women farmers had the same access to resources as men, 150 million people could be lifted out of poverty, according to the FAO. A crop yield gap of about 20-30 percent between male and female farmers is largely due to differential access to resources and inputs. Women fill this gap by working up to 13 hours per week longer than men in agriculture.
"Women are the ...
We must all become evangelists of Regeneration in order to survive. (Photo: Seedlings via Shutterstock)
"If governments won’t solve the climate, hunger, health, and democracy crises, then the people will." - Dr.Vandana Shiva, speaking at the founding meeting of Regeneration International, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica, June 8, 2015
When literally billions of people, the 99 percent, are hungry or struggling to survive with justice and dignity; when the majority of the global body politic are threatened and assaulted by a toxic environment and food system; when hundreds of millions are overwhelmed with chronic health problems; battered by floods, droughts, and weather extremes; when endless wars and land grabs for water, land and strategic resources spiral out of control; When indentured politicians, corporations and the mass media conspire to stamp out the last vestiges of democracy in order to force a “Business-as-Usual” paradigm down our throats, it’s time for a change, Big Change.
It’s time to ...
I am a teacher. Here's a typical day for me:
Every day I get up at 5:30 AM to get ready for work. Caffeine is my first friend of the day. If I have not had the money to go grocery shopping within the past month, I pop a couple of Sudafed pills to both curb my appetite and give me the energy to get through my day.
I drop off my daughter at 7:00 AM, an hour before school starts, in a deal I have made with her principal, and often she is the first person at her school. She must wait outside no matter what the weather or temperature is, until an adult comes and unlocks the door. She often knows better than to ask for breakfast, and she holds her own hunger inside until she either gets a lunch or sneaks off to the nurse to get a snack in another deal I have made with the school. I don't let myself feel hungry, and coffee, if it is available, helps me put those feelings in the back of my mind.
My daughter worries when I don't eat, but I can't eat often. I look at food in the fridge and put it back, wanting her ...
KUAJOK, SOUTH SUDAN -- The girls at Pariang primary school in South Sudan range in age from 5 to 25 years old. The older pupils study alongside the young, receiving their elementary school education on wooden benches clustered under the few trees that shade the schoolyard. They have fought against the odds to be here, many missing years of education due to the poverty, insecurity and gender discrimination that troubles this young nation.
When South Sudan won independence from Sudan in 2011, girls here were three times more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than to complete their primary school education. After decades of war with the government in Sudan, newly independent South Sudan was left with a barely functioning education system. In 2013, a clash between the country's new leaders led to a brutal civil war that has frozen the country's development, including education.
There are only 249 secondary schools in a country of over 11 million people. South Sudan has one of the worst literacy ...
Food distribution in a town in the Mexican state of Tabasco through one of the many government programmes created in Latin America in the last 15 years to fight hunger. (Photo: Mauricio Ramos/IPS)
Santiago - The Latin American and Caribbean region is the first in the world to reach the two global targets for reducing hunger. Nevertheless, more than 34 million people still go hungry.
“This is the region that best understood the problem of hunger, and it’s the region that has put the greatest emphasis on policies to assist vulnerable groups. The results achieved have been in accordance with that emphasis,” FAO regional representative Raúl Benítez told IPS.
According to The State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI) 2015 report, released Wednesday by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), hunger affects 5.5 percent of the population of Latin America – or 34.3 million people.
That means the region has met the target of halving the proportion of hungry people from 1990 levels, ...
WASHINGTON -- Most Americans think poor people shouldn't feel ashamed for using the safety net, according to a new YouGov poll .
Just 14 percent of survey respondents said they thought people should feel ashamed for using welfare, while 62 percent said people shouldn't feel ashamed. Republicans were more likely to favor shame than Democrats, 20 percent to 9 percent.
During a House Agriculture Committee hearing about food stamps last month, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) discussed the possible benefits of welfare shame. Yoho explained that he grew up in a wealthy family but wound up broke and on food stamps after he got married at 19.
"I remember having the coupons, the food stamps, and there was a stigma, but I was so thankful they were there, but [the stigma] implored me to work harder to get off them as quick as I could," Yoho said. "So I don't think that's a bad thing, per se."
Yoho then lamented the existence of the "food stamp surfer," a California man profiled by Fox News in 2013 because he wasn't ashamed ...
Date palm trees abound in the Niyamgiri hills of the Indian state of Odisha. The fruits contain antioxidants and Vitamin A, and the sap is collected and fermented to produce liquor. (Photo: Manipadma Jena/IPS)
Rayagada, India - Scattered across 240 sq km on the remote Niyamgiri hill range in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, an ancient tribal group known as the Dongria Kondh have earned themselves a reputation as trailblazers.
Having fought – and won – a decade-long battle with a British mining giant that invested close to a billion dollars in a bauxite extraction operation in this mineral-rich area, the Dongria Kondh set an example in 2013 to millions of tribal people around the world that David versus Goliath-style confrontations can still be won by the underdog.
Now, the indigenous group is once again at the forefront of a global problem – the twin issues of hunger and deforestation – as they continue to nurture an ancient way of life despite a wave of destructive development that is threatening ...
ROME (AP) — The number of hungry people around the world has dropped to 795 million from over a billion a quarter-century ago despite natural disasters, ongoing conflicts and poverty, the three U.N. food agencies said Wednesday.
Countries in East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean showed the most progress in reducing hunger, thanks in part to economic growth that didn't exclude the poor, investments in agriculture and political stability, the agencies said in their annual State of Food Insecurity report.
The report found that a majority of the countries monitored — 72 out of 129 — have met the U.N.'s ambitious Millennium Development Goals to halve undernourishment by 2015.
"The near-achievement of the MDG hunger targets shows us that we can indeed eliminate the scourge of hunger in our lifetime," said U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's chief, Jose Graziano da Silva.
The agencies said the reduction in hunger and undernourishment came despite natural disasters, political instability and conflict ...