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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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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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Joe Biden Rebukes Dick Cheney On Cuts To Food Stamps And Transportation 17.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday rebuked Dick Cheney's call to cut spending for food stamps and highways and increase funds for the military. Cheney said Monday that national defense "ought to be our top priority for spending. Not food stamps, not highways or anything else." Biden rejected his predecessor's absolutism in remarks at the annual gathering of Generation Progress, a youth-focused organization associated with the Center for American Progress. "I don't take a back seat to anyone, including Vice President Cheney, on the issue of our military," Biden said, adding that he does not subscribe to the idea that "it's somehow inherently more important to spend the money on the military than on domestic needs." He said he saw a "sacred obligation" to take care of those who came home from war, and that he knew what it was like to have a son stationed in Iraq. Biden spoke -- sometimes at a blistering pace -- about many of the issues that progressives have put at the center of their ...
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Advocates to Sec. Kerry: Don’t Jeopardize Successful Food Security Program in El Salvador 3.7.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Fifty organizations sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry calling on the U.S. government to maintain respect for the government of El Salvador’s procurement of seeds for a successful food security program.  

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Food Security Is National Security 30.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In order to set effective food and nutrition priorities, as well as strengthen access to nutritious foods and sustainable agriculture, America must view food security as integral to its national security. According to USAID, food security is "having at all times, both physical and economic access to sufficient food to meet dietary needs for a productive and healthy life." When this access is denied, food insecurity can become a catalyst of social unrest. Nowhere is this more evident than in the oscillating political seismograph that is the Middle East. In Egypt, as food prices rose 37 percent between 2008 and 2010, protesters in Tahrir Square chanted for "bread, freedom and social justice." Prices remain high, and despite the new government's success in curbing the price of food and goods for Ramadan, it cannot avoid continued calls for bread and social justice. The Syrian government's mismanagement of water in the midst of a pressing drought led protesters to scold the regime by saying it took their ...
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The 2014 World Food Prize: Onward to the Glorious Past 25.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On June 18th Secretary of State John Kerry announced that plant breeder Sanjaya Rajaram would be the 2014 winner of the World Food Prize . During his 40-year career at CIMMYT and ICARDA (Green Revolution research centers), Dr. Rajaram developed hundreds of hybrid varieties of disease-resistant and high-yielding wheat. A prodigy of Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug, Dr. Rajaram's impressive scientific achievements and his views regarding how to end hunger follow in his mentor's footsteps. His personal story as the son of poor Indian farmers in Uttar Pradesh parallels that of farm-boy Norman Borlaug. From within the institutions of the Green Revolution, recognition of Dr. Rajaram's life's work was long considered overdue. But the Word Food Prize -- established at Borlaug's urging as a "Nobel Prize for food" in 1986 -- was never simply about the laureates. It has always been primarily about showcasing the Green Revolution. It's about driving home the idea that the primary solution to global hunger lies in the ...
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Why The Makers of Animal Growth Hormones Shouldn't Control the Hunger Debate 23.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When I heard that Elanco -- the global pharmaceutical company behind recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), an artificial growth hormone, and various antibiotics used on livestock farms -- was reaching out to dietitians to educate them about farming, my red flag went up. Next month, Elanco, which is owned by pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and recently bought Novartis' animal health business for $5.4 billion , will sponsor a free webinar for dietitians titled "U.S. Farming 101." The session, the company says, is meant to "provide a foundational understanding of farming, with relevant information for nutrition professionals to share with consumers." Behind the scenes, Elanco recently gave the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) -- a professional group of over 70,000 members that I belong to -- a grant (the amount has not been disclosed). At around the same time, AND co-created a committee and personally invited a handful of dietitians who are involved in agriculture (many of whom are also farmers) to ...
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States Undo Food Stamp Felon Bans 23.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Two states are taking small steps away from a little-known aspect of the war on drugs. The California Legislature has just passed a bill that will allow people convicted of drug-related felonies to receive welfare and food stamps. And last week, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) signed legislation lifting the state's ban on food stamps for felons. The felon bans were relics of the tough-on-crime politics of the 1990s, and their demise is partly due to waning support for the harsh treatment of drug users. "In a lot of cases, the law enforcement community is supportive and feels this is a way to reduce recidivism," said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a senior analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy, a liberal D.C. think tank. Lower-Basch noted that other states, including Alabama and West Virginia, have also considered changing their policies. "We're moving in the right direction." Since 1996, federal law has banned anyone with a drug-related felony conviction from receiving benefits from the ...
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Open Letter to African Union Heads of State 20.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Judging from the daily outpouring of commentary, opinions and reports, you would think that there were two African continents. One of them is the new land of opportunity, with seven of the world's 10 fastest growing economies, offering limitless possibilities to investors. There is, however, this other image: a starving and hopeless continent, hungry and poor, corrupt and prey to foreign exploiters. As Africans, we are tired of caricatures. But we are also tired of waiting. Waiting to be led toward the one Africa we all want -- the Africa that can and should be. We know the real Africa, filled with possibilities, dignity and opportunities, able to face its challenges and solve them from within. Never has the time been more right for us to finally realize our full potential. It is within our grasp. As a scientist, I am always interested in facts. Africa is a land rich in resources, which has enjoyed some of the highest economic growth rates on the planet. It is home to 200 million people between the ages ...
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101 Hopeful Food Facts 16.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Food Tank is highlighting stories of hope, innovation, and success, in creating a better food system. From women's land access in Chad and urban green spaces in Australia to chefs in the United Kingdom and the United States implementing local, sustainable food sourcing--there are hundreds of innovations giving us hope about the future of food. Food Tank is featuring 101 bright spots in the food system that we hope will inspire eaters, businesses, researchers, scientists, funders, donors and policy makers to create -- and support -- a more sustainable food system. 1. Biologist Roger Leakey's book, Tree of Life, highlights the ability of trees to help feed the planet. Through agroforestry--growing trees along with crops--communities can increase crop productivity and overcome global hunger and poverty, contributing to the livelihoods of more than 1.6 billion people. 2. According to Solar Cookers International, solar ovens help reduce toxic emissions and reduce greenhouse gases, improving both human and ...
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Support Pope's Plan With Food for Peace 13.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Pope Francis has been outspoken about ending world hunger, and getting the church more involved. This has to be done. What, though, are some ways citizens can help in terms of advocacy? One answer can be found by looking to South Sudan. As we speak Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is helping war victims there by giving food. These are rations to help families who have been displaced by fighting between the government and opposition forces. CRS is also providing seeds. This allows farmers, who have lost so much, the chance to grow crops. That is critical for hopes of avoiding a famine in the country. How is this being funded? It's through a grant from the U.S. Food for Peace program, which is operated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Food for Peace is the main tool of the U.S. government for fighting world hunger. It is a donor to CRS and other agencies that work in impoverished countries. Food for Peace is the single largest donor to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which is the ...
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An Agenda for Fighting Hunger in Our Communities Year-Round 10.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As the school year winds down, millions of children across our nation are thinking about their summers and eagerly anticipating the last bell. Yet, for many low-income families, the end of the school year also means the end of access to school lunch and breakfast programs. In a nation where almost 16 million children live in households that are food-insecure, this is not inconsequential. We cannot consign these children to a summer of hunger and expect them to come back to school in the fall ready to learn. Hunger is a daily reality for millions of Americans, including far too many children, and has negative consequences for individuals of all ages. However, it is especially harmful for the development and well-being of children. Inadequate nutrition can permanently alter a child's development. As policymakers, those facts ought to make us wary of making ill-advised and temporary policy changes that may have lifelong impacts. In 2012 , 49 million people lived in food-insecure households, including ...
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Walmart’s Top-to-Bottom Taxpayer Subsidies 4.6.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Sarah Anderson
Frank Clemente

Low-income families weren’t the only ones hurt by cuts to food stamps last fall. Top Walmart executives also took a hit.

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Why Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches? 3.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Last year  eight  Americans -- the four Waltons of Walmart fame, the two Koch brothers, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett -- made more money than 3.6 million American minimum-wage workers combined. The median pay for CEOs at America's large corporations rose to  $10 million  per year, while a typical chief executive now makes about 257 times the average worker's salary, up sharply from 181 times in 2009. Overall, 1% of Americans own more than a third of the country’s wealth. As the United States  slips  from its status as the globe's number one economic power, small numbers of Americans continue to amass staggering amounts of wealth, while simultaneously inequality trends toward historic levels. At what appears to be a critical juncture in our history and the history of inequality in this country, here are nine questions we need to ask about who we are and what will become of us. Let's start with a French economist who has emerged as an important voice on what’s happening ...
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