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Trump: The Hunger President 22.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
“One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” The quote comes from Stalin. The policy comes from Donald Trump. Trump famously changed his policy on Syria after seeing photographs of a couple Syrian children killed by a chemical attack. It didn’t matter that the Syrian government had already killed thousands of children . In targeting the Assad regime, Trump was moved by the tragedy, not the statistic. When it comes to world hunger, Trump’s resistance to statistics is even more appalling. There are now 1.4 million children at risk of dying from famine. No one apparently has shown Donald Trump, or his daughter Ivanka, any photos of these at-risk children. So, the U.S. president is comfortably ignoring this statistic. Because of a combination of weather conditions and military conflict — the two horsemen of the 21st century apocalypse — 20 million people are on the verge of starvation in four countries: Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria. It’s the worst humanitarian crisis since World War ...
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Can’t resist salty snacks? Beware! It increases hunger, reduces thirst 18.4.2017 Health – The Indian Express
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Hunger Strikers at UN Headquarters Call for End to Yemen War 13.4.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

Peace activists are holding a week-long vigil and hunger strike at United Nations headquarters in New York City to demand an end to the U.S.-backed, Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen and humanitarian aid for the country's starving population.

The hunger strike and vigil, organized by Creative Voices for NonViolence, the New York Catholic Worker community, the Upstate Coalition to End the Wars and Ground the Drones, Friends of Franz and Ben, and CodePink, will also include a demonstration at the White House Thursday.

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Aid Workers In 4 Countries Facing Famine Warn Trump's Cuts Could Cost Lives 12.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
There are now 20 million people on the brink of starvation across four countries grappling with extreme food shortages and conflict. But as the world suffers one of its most severe humanitarian crises in decades, President Donald Trump is threatening to drastically reduce foreign aid as part of his administration’s “America first” budget.  Trump’s proposed cuts come at a time when aid organizations say that more funding is desperately needed to save millions from dying. United Nations officials declared the world’s first famine in six years in parts of South Sudan in February and now fear that Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen are edging toward similar preventable crises. “Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people [in these countries] will simply starve to death,” U.N. humanitarian coordinator Stephen O’Brien warned in March. Days later, Trump unveiled the blueprint for his 2018 budget, which seeks “deep cuts” to humanitarian initiatives abroad.  The defunding of some U.S. foreign aid programs ...
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Forget food deserts. We need to talk about food mirages. 11.4.2017 TreeHugger
Conversations about food security need to go beyond physical access to include affordability.
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What We Get Wrong When We Talk About Food Stamps And Immigrants 29.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Food banks across the country have been noticing a trend since President Donald Trump was inaugurated in January. In recent weeks, outlets including the Washington Post , The Nation and NPR  have reported that outreach workers and enrollment assistants who help eligible immigrants enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program , or SNAP, say immigrants are canceling their benefits because they fear their participation could flag them for deportation. Such fears appear to stem primarily from a leaked draft of an executive order  saying immigrants living in the United States could be deported if it is determined they rely on some form of public assistance — like food stamps. It is important to note, however, that no law has changed — and the official guidance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agency that oversees SNAP, remains that there are no immigration consequences linked with participation in the program. Still, that hasn’t stopped some conservatives from applauding the news. One ...
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Will Donald Trump Escalate the Devastating War and Hunger in Yemen? 27.3.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Medea Benjamin

This week marks the beginning of year three of the Saudi-led military intervention in the civil war in Yemen, an intervention that has resulted in an epic tragedy of destruction and starvation. Tens of thousands of Yemenis marked the occasion by pouring into the streets of the capital, Sanna, to call for an end to the Saudi airstrikes that have been supported by the US military.

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Food Stamp Recipients Increasingly Are The Working Poor 17.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Newly released data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides more evidence of just how many low-income households continue to struggle to put food on the table. According to a recent report from the USDA , an increasing share of individuals who receive benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, also known as food stamps, live in households where at least one person is working. Nearly 32 percent of SNAP households are home to at least one wage-earner, according to the most recent data on the program, compared to only 19.6 percent in 1989, as far back as USDA data is availabe. At the same time, a decreasing share of SNAP recipients are concurrently receiving welfare benefits from other safety net programs like the Aid to Families with Dependent Children and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs. As of the most recent data, about 6 percent of SNAP recipients are also receiving support through these programs, compared to about 42 percent of recipients in ...
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In Drought-Stricken Somalia, Starving Mothers Forced To Choose Which Child To Feed 10.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
With food an impossibly scarce commodity in drought-stricken Somalia, Fatuma Abdille faces a harrowing choice every day: Which of her seven children will get to eat? “If there’s a very small amount of food, we give it to those who need it the most — the youngest,” Abdille told Reuters this week from the capital Mogadishu, where her family recently fled after their herd of goats died from starvation. Abdille’s 9-year-old son has been giving up his share of food so his younger siblings won’t suffer. “He is making a sacrifice,” his mother said with sadness.  Across Somalia, families like Abdille’s have shared their stories of inconceivable suffering as a prolonged drought, combined with the effects of the country’s ongoing civil war with the Islamist militant group al-Shabab, continues to drive extreme shortages of food and water. There’s the mother with sunken cheeks who walked over 100 miles with her two young children in search of food, water and shelter, her 3-year-old daughter suffering from fever and ...
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Amid Trump's Deregulatory Bonanza, UN Report Details 'Catastrophic' Impact of Pesticides 8.3.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Taking the global pesticide industry to task for its "systematic denial of harms" while, at the same time, perpetuating the "myth" of aiding global hunger, a United Nations food expert has put forth a new report on the "catastrophic impacts on the environment, human health, and society as a whole."

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3 circular principles for healthy agriculture 11.2.2017 GreenBiz.com
Agriculture contributes to a quarter of the climate crisis. Here is how to replenish the soil, nature’s regenerative capital.
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Republicans Pave The Way To Drug Test Poor And Jobless 9.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump said in his inaugural address that his administration would “get our people off of welfare and back to work.” Trump hasn’t said much about how he’d reform welfare. But other members of his party have lots of ideas ― including drug tests for the poor and unemployed. In the wake of the Great Recession, Republicans across the country complained that unemployed people were taking drugs instead of available jobs. Lawmakers pushed drug testing as a solution, but the Obama administration and federal courts blocked most of those efforts.  With Trump now in charge, Republicans are making moves. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) asked Trump in December to consider allowing states to drug test applicants for food stamps, one of the largest antipoverty programs in the U.S.  And this month, Republicans in the House of Representatives are moving legislation that would undo an Obama administration rule restricting states’ ability to drug test unemployment claimants.  Rep. Pete Sessions ...
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It Appears Republicans Want To Tell Poor People How To Use Food Stamps 8.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
If you’re concerned that food stamp users might be buying too much soda and junk food, you share something in common with at least one member of Congress. According to a report from Politico , Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, said Monday that he is concerned about the amount of soda that users of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are buying and plans to call a hearing on SNAP purchases. Conaway’s concern, according to Politico, stems from data on the program released last fall by the Department of Agriculture. That data found that SNAP households spent more on soft drinks than any other category of groceries. A  front-page story in the New York Times  last month characterized SNAP users as people who bought sodas and other sugar-sweetened soft drinks by the cartload. The problem with that Times story, as The Huffington Post noted , is that it mischaracterized the USDA report’s main finding: There were “no major differences” in grocery purchases between ...
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15,000 Somali Refugees Who Had Planned To Resettle In The U.S. Are Stranded 2.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
More than two decades of civil war alongside recurring drought has compounded an already-dire food security crisis for Somalians. And as the country and larger region face water shortages once again, U.S. President Donald Trump’s refugee and travel restrictions are leaving its people with even fewer options for escape. On Friday, Trump signed an executive order that, among other things, suspends refugee admissions to the U.S. from all countries for four months and restricts travel from seven countries ― Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen ― for 90 days. Just a few days later, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization announced that, after months of lower-than-average rainfall, more than 17 million people are in “crisis and emergency food insecurity levels” in several east African nations, including Somalia and Sudan. Two million Somalis are currently seeking refuge outside their homeland, making it the world’s third-largest source country for refugees ― behind only Syria and ...
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Are mussels, clams and oysters the most ethical seafood? 27.1.2017 TreeHugger
One scientist believes that these plant-like bivalves could build much-needed food security in aquaculture.
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Trump's Cabinet Should Think Food 12.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
What should Donald Trump's new Cabinet be focused on when they take office in January? How about food? This does not mean we want the Trump Cabinet to be thinking about dinner plans, but rather food for the world's hungry. There is no more important foreign policy goal than for the United States to fight world hunger. Food is peace. The Trump administration needs to pay attention to hunger. A tale from 1947 shows us why. It was the day after Christmas in the White House and not a creature was stirring, except President Harry Truman's Cabinet Committee on World Food Programs. The Committee, set up to fight hunger after World War II, presented an urgent report to Truman on that day. A top priority for the Truman White House was fighting world hunger. In fact, the first televised address from the White House in 1947 was about fighting hunger in Europe. (National Archives photo) This Cabinet Committee was led by the Secretary of Agriculture Clinton P. Anderson and included George C. Marshall, the former Army ...
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Despite Arrests, Peace Activists Vow to Keep Feeding City's Homeless 9.1.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

Seven activists with the peace group Food Not Bombs were arrested for feeding homeless people on Saturday in a public park in Tampa, Florida.

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Restaurants Skim A Bit Of Food Off Your Plate — For A Good Cause 30.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Would you sacrifice some of your lunch if it would benefit a hungry kid? That’s the idea behind the nonprofit Stop Hunger ’s novel initiative in Brazil, Satisfeito  ― which means “satisfied” in Portuguese. Participating restaurants serve dishes that are about one-third smaller than a typical portion, charging customers full price. They then donate the money they save to nonprofits that fight child hunger. The goal is twofold: to fight food waste by serving up smaller portions so less food gets thrown in the trash, and to get people engaged in combatting malnutrition. “The amount of food wasted worldwide is outrageous,” project coordinator Marcos Szrajer told The Huffington Post. “And at the same time, we have people starving throughout the world. We have to fight this contradiction.”  Currently, 60 restaurants participate in the initiative. Most are based in São Paulo, but there are others throughout Brazil and also in Mexico. In the four years since Satisfeito’s launch, it has generated $40,000 in ...
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Starving Yemeni Children, Bloated US Weapons Makers 15.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Medea Benjamin

While the world is transfixed on the epic tragedy unfolding in Syria, another tragedy—a hidden one—has been consuming the children of Yemen. Battered by the twin evils of war and hunger, every ten minutes a child in Yemen is now dying from malnutrition, diarrhea and respiratory-tract infections. A new UNICEF report shows over 400,000 Yemeni children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Without immediate medical attention, these children will die.

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Changes Coming For Stores That Accept Food Stamps 13.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― Stores that accept food stamps will have to sell fresh produce and whole grains under a new  U.S. Department of Agriculture  rule designed to urge recipients toward healthier choices. The new rule, which scaled back a stricter proposal that members of Congress said could jeopardize poor people’s ability to use their benefits, is considered a victory for mom-and-pop retailers and corner stores that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program  payments. The  changes announced  last week require more than 250,000 SNAP-authorized stores to  carry at least 84 staple foods, including a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Congress called for the stricter standards in 2014 when it last reauthorized SNAP, which provides monthly benefits to 43 million Americans and is one of the federal government’s most important antipoverty programs. “This final rule balances the need to improve the healthy staple foods available for purchase at participating stores, while maintaining food access ...
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