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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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The Brazil Food Guide: Look at food differently in 2015 8.1.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 The Brazil food guide puts social equity and the social value of food on the menu with a new classification system. This is the year we can all look to Brazil's Food Guide for tips on how to consider what we eat in a new light. The holiday and feasting season in December is the hardest time of the year to be counting calories on a diet. January is a different story as many of us turn to food as a source of our resolutions. This January is probably the easiest time to try out Brazil’s bold dietary guidelines, issued this year and recently made available in ...
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Does the University of Michigan's New Football Coach Need Food Stamps? 6.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
One of the big end-of-the-year sports-news items was Jim Harbaugh leaving the San Francisco 49ers to become head football coach at the University of Michigan. Reportedly , his salary at the University of Michigan will be $7 million for the first year. If that doesn't sound like the income of a food-stamp beneficiary, then you'd better look more closely. One of the arguments for shelling out big bucks for Harbaugh is that a winning football team will encourage enough contributions from devoted University of Michigan alums to easily cover the $7 million paid to Harbaugh. Insofar as this is the case, taxpayers are picking up a large chunk of Harbaugh's salary. The point here is sufficiently straightforward that even a Republican member of Congress should be able to understand it. The University of Michigan is a tax-exempt institution. This means that people who make contributions to the university get to deduct these contributions from their taxable income. Since most of the money the university gets comes ...
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Does the University of Michigan's New Football Coach Need Food Stamps? 5.1.2015 Truthout.com
Jim Harbaugh, new head football coach at the University of Michigan. (Photo: MGoBlog ) One of the big end of the year sports news items was Jim Harbaugh leaving the San Francisco 49ers to become head football coach at the University of Michigan. Reportedly , his salary at the University of Michigan will be $7 million for the first year. If that doesn’t sound like the income of a food stamp beneficiary then you better look more closely. One of the arguments for shelling out big bucks for Harbaugh is that a winning football team will encourage enough contributions from devoted University of Michigan alums to easily cover the $7 million paid to Harbaugh. Insofar as this is the case, taxpayers are picking up a large chunk of Harbaugh’s salary. The point here is sufficiently straightforward that even a Republican member of Congress should be able to understand it. The University of Michigan is a tax exempt institution. This means that people who make contributions to the University get to deduct these ...
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Food Security: The End of a Golden Age 24.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This article first appeared on www.opedspace.com The golden age of agriculture is over. Growth based on the expansion of cropland area as seen until the 1950s, followed by improving land productivity through new technologies and productivity-based agricultural policies will fail us. It resulted in dramatic yield increases leading to what critics have called 'huge stores of unwanted grain', 'butter mountains', and 'milk lakes'. Nevertheless the world's food output is losing momentum as the backlog of agricultural technology fades, soil erodes, available arable land shrinks, and water becomes scarce. It is a struggle to find ways to feed our growing population. Just imagine that in 2020 one hectare will be required to f eed more than five people compared to 1960 when it only had to feed two. This means that we have to be extraordinarily efficient with our resources. The pressure of agriculture on natural resources is intense. The availability of land for agriculture is restricted; within the 13 billion ...
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Food Stamps Boost Childhood Health And Development, Study Says 21.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By Tom Jacobs As Jon Stewart has noted , the compromise federal budget just passed by Congress and signed by President Obama is full of unpleasant surprises. Among them: In a Scrooge-like Christmas gift, it cuts $93 million from the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC. So it’s both timely and ironic that a newly published study concludes WIC doesn’t just boost the health of young children and their moms: It also plays a positive role in kids’ cognitive development. “These findings suggest that WIC meaningfully contributes to children’s educational prospects,” Brown University sociologist Margot Jackson writes in the journal Social Science and Medicine. WIC is a large-scale government program serving 53 percent of all infants born in the United States. It provides vouchers that are redeemed at supermarkets for healthy, nutritious food such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are eligible, as are children up their fifth birthday; parents also ...
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An Alarming Number Of Food Banks Are Slashing Portions To Meet Rising Demand 19.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Hunger is on the rise in the U.S. and relief organizations don’t have the resources to meet the growing demand, a recent report concluded. According to a U.S. Conference of Mayors report released earlier this month, 71 percent of surveyed cities saw a rise in requests for emergency food assistance over the past year. But these groups can’t keep up with the increased need. The survey found that 82 percent of cities had to cut portion sizes at emergency kitchens and food pantries in order to feed every client. The study collected responses from 25 cities across the country, including such major metropolises as Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. But feeling strapped isn’t anything new for food banks. After a $5 billion cut to food stamps went into effect last year, an alarming number of aid groups in New York City didn’t have enough supplies for their clients. Last November, nearly half of all food banks and pantries there either ran out of food or particular types of food to make adequate meals or ...
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Climate Change Creates New Geography of Food 14.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Coffee rust at a farm in Cauca, southwestern Colombia. (Photo: Neil Palmer / CIAT ) Lima, Peru - The magnitude of the climate changes brought about by global warming and the alterations in rainfall patterns are modifying the geography of food production in the tropics, warned participants at the climate summit in the Peruvian capital. That was the main concern among experts in food security taking part in the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held Dec. 1-12 in Lima. They are worried about rising food prices if tropical countries fail to take prompt action to adapt. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI estimates that climate change will trigger food price hikes of up to 30 percent. The countryside is the first sector directly affected by climate change, said Andy Jarvis, a researcher at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) who specialises in low-carbon farming in the CGIAR ...
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Hunger, Homelessness On the Rise in Cities Nationwide: Report 12.12.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Native Villagers in Honduras Bet on Food Security - and Win 7.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Victoria, Honduras - The town’s dynamic mayor, Sandro Martínez, assumed the commitment of turning the Honduran municipality of Victoria into a model of food and nutritional security and environmental protection by means of municipal public policies based on broad social and community participation and international development aid. The initiative began to be put into practice four months ago. It was inspired by what the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS) achieved in the Tolupan indigenous community of Pueblo Nuevo, a village located 15 km from the centre of Victoria. In that tribe – as the Tolupan refer to each one of their communities – whose official name is Las Vegas de Tepemechín de Pueblo Nuevo, population 750, 29 children overcame malnutrition thanks to a comprehensive food security plan implemented over the last two years. “I’m proud of this village, of what they have managed to do in such a short time,” the mayor told Tierramérica. ...
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Reversing Global Warming, Hunger and Poverty: Supercharging the Global Grassroots 5.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Chronic Hunger Falling, But One in Nine People Still Affected 2.12.2014 Worldwatch Institute
New Worldwatch Institute analysis examines trends and progress in global hunger For Immediate Release | December 2, 2014 | CONTACT  GAELLE GOURMELON Notes to Editors:      Journalists may obtain a complimentary copy of " Chronic Hunger Falling, But One in Nine People Still Affected "  by contacting Gaelle Gourmelon at  ggourmelon@worldwatch.org .  About the Worldwatch Institute: Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues. The Institute’s State of the World report is published annually in more than a dozen languages. For more information, visit  www.worldwatch.org . About Vital Signs Online: Vital Signs Online provides business leaders, policymakers, and engaged citizens with the latest data and analysis they need to understand critical global trends. It is an interactive, subscription-based tool that provides hard data and research-based insights on the sustainability trends that are shaping our future. All of the ...
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'Devastating': Suspension of Food Assistance Threatens 1.7 Million Syrians With Hunger 2.12.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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