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Category: Food Security :: Hunger
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Rebooting The Food System 20.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Yesterday marked the beginning of a new global collaboration between the EAT Foundation (EAT), Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (JOFF) and United Nations World Food Programme (WFP): one that takes aim at obesity, hunger, climate change and environmental degradation all together. We're in a crazy moment - we're battling the bulge while staving off hunger. Obesity and malnutrition literally live side by side in communities, and even families, around the globe. At the same time, we're choosing to use what precious natural resources we do have to fuel a food system that's making us - and our planet - sick. We continue to spend our limited resources in ways that threaten our lives, and jeopardize our future generations. By 2040, there will be approximately nine billion of us to feed. With the planet already aching under our pressure, we know this course is unsustainable. We're overweight - obesity has nearly doubled since 1980, with a staggering 30 per cent of us now overweight or obese. That's nearly 2 billion ...
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The Paradigm of the Real Cost and Value of Food 17.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Proverb: Give a man a fish he eats for a day. Teach a man how to fish and he eats for a lifetime. Many might think; this passage is straight from the bible or an ancient Chinese proverb, in fact it is neither. The proverb was actually coined by Anne Isabella Ritchie during the 1880's in a story she wrote titled Mrs. Dymond. Its relevancy however seems so important today as we face alarming rates of poverty, homelessness and food insecurity. According to the United States statistics on hunger 45 million people fall into this category, which translates into 14% of the population. 19% are children, 8% senior. Millions and millions of dollars are spent each year on hunger relief programs and organizations aimed at feeding the poor. Yet, as the economy grows it seems the rich continue to get rich and the poor, poorer while the middle class remains stagnant. I want to know do we really target the root cause of hunger? When we talk about poverty, do we just talk about ways of ending it or do we have ...
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Sadly, This Is The Top Vegetable 1-Year-Olds In America Eat 15.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Nutrition during the 1,000 days between a child’s conception and their second birthday is critical to their future success, dictating both brain and physical development. And yet the vegetable American toddlers are most likely to eat is a french fry . Child health advocates gathered on Capitol Hill Wednesday to mark the release of a new report, “The First 1,000 Days: Nourishing America’s Future,” which documents the scourge of malnutrition in the U.S. 1,000 Days, a nonprofit that advocates nationally and globally for better early nutrition, produced the report , which highlights the economic gap that prevents many families from meeting some of the World Health Organization’s basic nutritional standards. The report highlights a number of factors: Nearly half of U.S. women gain an excessive amount of weight during pregnancy, which can lead to higher rates of obesity in children. And only 22 percent of infants are exclusively breastfed to 6 months, which the WHO recommends due to breastmilk’s unparalleled ...
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GODAN: Worldwide Hunger indicates Help Needed! 14.9.2016 Earth Times
We’re afraid that we have neglected the food security side of our responsibilities. Articles on Politics and Health have been published at the expense of this vital area, as the effects of consolidating food reserves is not only to alleviate criminal use of bushmeat, theft and extortion. We must also preserve areas for wildlife where otherwise people have been forced to cut down their forest to grow more crops/sell timber/build mines, roads or various infrastructure. GODAN are gathering in New York to spread expertise on agriculture and nutrition that will feed the parts of the world that are starving.
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Some Poor U.S. Teens Trade Sex For Food Because They're So Desperate For A Meal 14.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It’s a familiar and heartbreaking narrative. But it’s one you’ve likely only heard about developing countries, not the United States. Some low-income U.S. teens who are desperate for food are engaging in transactional sex with older, wealthy adults in order to get something to eat, according to a report released Monday by Feeding America, a nonprofit food bank network, and the Urban Institute research group. While these teens have access to food banks and other resources, overwhelming stigma and logistical challenges often keep them from taking advantage of such programs. These were the extreme cases reflected in the report, titled “Impossible Choices: Teens and Food Insecurity In America,” which details the coping strategies of teens who are food insecure. The findings were released alongside a second study, focusing on solutions to teen hunger. Based on the data gathered, experts agree that federal programs and nonprofits need to take aggressive action to better protect this vulnerable demographic. The ...
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Hungry Teens Often Turn to Sex Work, Theft, Drug Dealing to Get Fed: Report 12.9.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

American teenagers are finding themselves resorting to sex work, drug dealing, and theft in order to feed themselves, according to a new study that finds family poverty has increased around the country.

Researchers at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Urban Institute used the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey data to estimate that 6.8 million people ages 10 to 17 struggle to feed themselves, including 2.9 million who have "very low food security."

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Can We Vote To End Hunger? 9.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
How can the richest country in the history of the world that has an abundance of food have so many hungry people? Who are they? How can we change this grave injustice? Photo by Diane Bondareff Even after a substantial recovery from the Great Recession we still have 48 million people in our country who are food insecure including 15 million children and 5.4 million seniors. That does not mean they are starving but they often skip meals and are forced to buy cheap unhealthy food. The majority of the adults who are hungry work but cannot afford to feed their families. There are also a million homeless people facing hunger including an increasing number of families with children. There is a growing movement among hunger/poverty advocates, faith based organizations of all denominations, small farmers, environmental activists, labor unions and businesses to vote for candidates for the presidency and other national, state and local officials who support efforts to end hunger, alleviate poverty and create ...
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Play PacMan Vs. Hunger and earn money for local charities 5.9.2016 TreeHugger
A twist on the arcade game lets players fight hunger with every ghost PacMan chomps.
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How do you beat hunger and food waste? Try compost 5.9.2016 High Country News Most Recent
ReUnity turns restaurant scraps into soil — and connects Santa Fe with rural farms in the process.
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Northern New Mexico’s fight against food insecurity 5.9.2016 High Country News Most Recent
In the region’s most impoverished rural areas, food pantries fill gaps of grocery stores.
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In the Fight Against Climate Change, "Renewable" Energy Isn't Enough 2.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Flash flooding, long periods of sustained drought and even more extreme storm seasons. The impacts of climate change are already being felt here in the U.S. and around the world. We need to act fast by ending our use of fossil fuels and transition to renewable energy soon, if we're going to meet the goal set by the Paris agreement of staying under 1.5 degrees of warming. We risk doing harm to both people and our planet though, if we support any kind of so-called renewable fuel, without fully considering the impacts. The transition away from fossil fuels must be a transition towards truly clean, community controlled renewable energy. We cannot afford to place our bets on false solutions. In recent weeks, two new publications have helped illustrated the risk of false solutions, specifically related to the Renewable Fuel Standard (known as the RFS). This policy was put in place with good intentions in 2005 and expanded in 2007, the idea being to support a policy that provided a liquid fuel alternative to ...
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The World Must Save Yemen From This Man-Made Famine 31.8.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Afrah Nasser

“I wish there is no war in Yemen. I wish that we have electricity and water back and that we live happily. And that we eat until we are full.”

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With a world in peril, where do our charitable donations have the most clout? 25.8.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. For those of you who already think the world is going to hell in a handbasket these days, I have lamentable news: You don't know the half of it. As Danny Glenwright, dynamic executive director of Action Against Hunger Canada (ACF, for the French name), informed his supporters the other ...
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US Soldiers Are Relying on Millions of Dollars in Food Stamps to Survive 17.8.2016 Truthout.com
In just one year, active duty service members had to rely on $24 million worth of food stamps. But the Department of Defense has so far not made a concerted effort to work with the USDA to understand the scope of the problem. Soldiers march near a plane at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska, on February 14, 2008. (Photo: Morning Calm Weekly Newspaper Installation Management Command, US Army ) Military service members on active duty spent $24 million in food stamps at military commissary shops from September 2014 to August 2015, and 45 percent of students in schools run by the military are eligible for free or reduced-price meal programs. For years, the military has been embarrassed by reports showing that some active-duty service members struggle to feed their families and use government benefits to get by. A recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Department of Defense (DoD) does not fully understand the scope of the problem. The USDA runs the Supplemental ...
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Three Colombian women tell us why preserving seeds is an act of resistance 16.8.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Colombian women are fighting to protect native seeds. Why? We spoke with three seed guardians about the importance of this work. Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Protection of native seeds is growing strong in Colombia. Colombian women are preserving seeds from multiple threats such as mining, free trade agreements, agrochemicals, hybrid and transgenic seeds among others. Fernanda Sánchez Jaramillo spoke with three women from three different provinces in Colombia about how being a seed guardian is an act of resistance, promotes food security and maintains cultural ...
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How Venezuela's Repressive Government Controls the Nation Through Hunger 11.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Venezuelan government has become one of the world's cruelest teasers. It has created unspeakable hardships for the populace and, at the same time, is taking advantage of those hardships to introduce new forms of political control. The proliferation of food lines is a perfect example of this teasing. Lines to buy groceries have become longer and more widespread. In a country with plenty of irritants, these food lines, hardly seen before 2010, have become Venezuela's most aggravating political problem today. You would think that food lines would prompt riots. And some rioting is occurring . But we are not seeing anything like a Venezuelan Spring in which protests envelop the country and lead to governmental change. Why? Because food lines have paradoxically given the government new mechanisms for keeping protests at bay. Maduro has Sovietized Venezuela. Venezuela is facing a manmade food crisis. In the mid-2000s, under President Hugo Chávez, the state implemented a series of ill-conceived economic ...
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More States Are Allowing Drug Felons To Access Welfare Programs 9.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. ATLANTA — Twenty years after a federal law blocked people with felony drug convictions from receiving welfare or food stamps, more states are loosening those restrictions — or waiving them entirely. In April, Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, signed a criminal justice reform bill that lifted the ban on food stamps for drug felons in Georgia. Alaska followed suit in July, although applicants must prove they are complying with parole and are in treatment for substance abuse. And in Delaware, a bill to lift cash assistance restrictions for drug felons passed out of committee in June. The legislative session ended before the bill could be put to a vote. The changes come amid broader efforts in Washington and many states to reform drug policies and criminal justice approaches. And they reflect a growing consensus that ...
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Putting Food Waste To Work 8.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Food for the Hungry (FH) has been working for over 40 years in some of the world's harshest places, and we've seen a positive link between the responsible use and protection of the environment and the chances of a family breaking out of poverty. It's a simple truth: when we care for creation, we care for people. One of the creative ways we've been working to use earth's resources to help solve hunger and poverty for families, capitalizes on something we all have far too much of -waste. We've developed a project called keyhole gardens which puts waste to work. It's a common story around the world, a woman is widowed and left alone with children to feed. "It has been very difficult to face life without my husband," said Dona Rutilia, one of these widowed mothers, told our staff in Guatemala. With no knowledge of sustainable agriculture, she couldn't adequately feed her two young children. FH taught her how to grow a keyhole garden, a small, elevated kitchen garden that looks like a keyhole. This small plot ...
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There’s a Hunger Problem in Every County in America—and It’s Solvable 3.8.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Diana Aviv

Loudoun County is a suburban area with colonial roots, nestled about 45 miles northwest of the District of Columbia. It boasts the nation’s highest median household income at nearly $124,000 per year.  It also has 14,000 residents who struggle with food insecurity, or a lack of reliable access to affordable and nutritious food.

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Dangerous Liaisons: ChemChina's Bid for Syngenta 29.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Protesters in Munich, Germany, demonstrate against "patents on life" by companies such as Syngenta and Monsanto, January 20, 2016. (Photo: Michaela Handrek-Rehle / Campact ) We all love to hate Monsanto. We also know that Monsanto isn't the only poison-maker trying to pass itself off as a "farmer-friendly producer of food to feed the world." Monsanto belongs to an exclusive club of dominant pesticide makers. That club, which includes Dow, Dupont, Bayer, Syngenta and BASF, is about to get a lot smaller. And a lot more dangerous. Bayer has been trying for months  to buy  Monsanto. Dow and Dupont are in talks  to merge . And Switzerland-based Syngenta may soon  be owned  by ChemChina. It's bad enough that  less than a dozen multinational corporations  (including Monsanto, Dupont, Bayer and Syngenta) control nearly 70 percent of the global seed market. If these mergers and buyouts go through, that number will shrink even further. The recent merger and acquisition in the seed and chemical (why are the words ...
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