User: flenvcenter Topic: Food-Independent
Category: Food Security :: Hunger
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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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Republicans Want Photo ID Requirement For Food Stamps 9.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Even though the previous Congress spent two years fighting over comprehensive food stamp legislation, some Republicans in the current Congress want another bite. New legislation would require Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to show photo identification when they use their government-issued debit cards to buy food. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) introduced the SNAP Verify Act last week. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) offered a similar bill in January. "This act seeks to protect those who truly need SNAP assistance, and ensures those who would defraud recipients and the U.S. taxpayer are unable," Salmon said in a statement . Salmon and other Republicans have pushed food stamp photo ID requirements in the past. They argue that photos would help reduce fraud by preventing SNAP recipients from selling their debit cards for cash. In a January report , the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates a 1.3 percent rate of trafficking in the $78 billion program. Though a photo requirement ...
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Kraft dinner tastes differently if you don't have food security 5.2.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Kraft Dinner 'tastes' entirely different, depending upon whether a given box ends up being consumed in a food-secure or in a food-insecure ...
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Further Proving One-Sided Recovery, One in Five US Children on Food Assistance 30.1.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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One In 5 American Kids Are On Food Stamps 29.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Here's more evidence that the economic recovery isn't benefitting the people who need it most: One in 5 American kids got food stamps in 2014, up from 1 in 8 before the recession. About 16 million kids relied on the U.S. government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in 2014, according to Census Bureau data released Wednesday, up from 15.6 million a year earlier. In 2007, before the start of the Great Recession, that figure was only 9 million. The Census also found that the percentage of kids on food stamps rose across all types of living arrangements. Nearly half of kids on food stamps live with only their mother. Enrollment in the food-stamp program began to steadily climb in 2007. Overall enrollment began to fall in 2013 as the economy slowly improved. Children's enrollment dipped a bit in 2013, but rebounded to new highs last year. The numbers highlight how unfair the recovery has been so far. Most of its benefits have gone to the wealthy , while middle- and low-income Americans have ...
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Food stamps and me 27.1.2015 High Country News Most Recent
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Research shows loss of pollinators increases risk of malnutrition and disease 27.1.2015 Environmental News Network
A new study shows that more than half the people in some developing countries could become newly at risk for malnutrition if crop-pollinating animals — like bees — continue to decline. Despite popular reports that pollinators are crucial for human nutritional health, no scientific studies have actually tested this claim — until now. The new research by scientists at the University of Vermont and Harvard University has, for the first time, connected what people actually eat in four developing countries to the pollination requirements of the crops that provide their food and nutrients.
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Redefining Business Purpose: Driving Societal and Systems Transformation 27.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A Growing Threat The world faces enormous human development and environmental challenges, from poverty and disease to food security and climate change. Significant progress has been made in the last two decades -- extreme poverty has halved, hunger has reduced and over two billion people have improved access to drinking water. But huge problems remain. Inequality has widened, one in eight people still go to bed hungry and climate change threatens everything we have achieved since the 1960s. Half a century of progress stands to be wiped out within a generation. For too long business has sat on the sidelines, either unable or unwilling to be part of the solution to these systemic challenges. But this is now rapidly changing as the limitations of governments and international bodies to resolve them become ever more apparent, as consumers increasingly are demanding change, and as the cost of inaction starts to exceed the cost of action. The cost of climate change is already high and increasing. The UN ...
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Book: First World Hunger Revisited 24.1.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
rey-2015-01-24b.mp3 When food banks first appeared in Canada almost 30 years ago, there was a vigorous public debate about them. Now they are a familiar institution and food poverty has gotten worse. Graham Riches wrote Food Banks and the Welfare Crisis in 1986. He has just co-edited the second edition of First World Hunger Revisited: Food Charity or the Right to Food? Graham Riches is former director of the School of Social Work at UBC. He speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular ...
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The Absence of Poverty in the State of the Union 23.1.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Do the United States' Hungry Children Matter? 23.1.2015 Truthout - All Articles
In President Obama's State of the Union address last night he asserted that American children really do matter to our nation's top politicians. "I want our actions to tell every child, in every neighborhood — your life matters, and we are as committed to improving your life chances as we are for our own kids." 2015 was supposed to be the year when America ended its child hunger crisis. That was the promise then-president-elect Barack Obama made during his first campaign in 2008. At that time some 12.4 million children lived in homes that self-reported as food insecure — in other words, they couldn't afford enough food for an active and healthy life. Today there are 15.8 million such children . At the start of 2009, the Obama administration began to look into what it would take to end child hunger. Officials from the United States Department of Agriculture were put to the test as they hosted listening sessions in each region to hear from experts and people who knew hunger firsthand. Tangela Fedrick, a ...
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