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  • National poll: 25 percent of Springfield (MA) households with children report food hardship

    08/18/2011 8:57:12 PM PDT · by matt04 · 47 replies
    The Republican ^ | Peter Goonan
    A national poll has found that approximately 25 percent of Springfield households with children report a hardship in affording food. The report by the Food Research and Action Center, based in Washington, D.C., ranks the Springfield metropolitan area as having the 37th highest “food hardship” rate among the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the country. The rankings are based on data gathered in 2009 and 2010 as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project, the center reported. “The food hardship rates in Springfield for households with or without children are unconscionable,” said Andrew Morehouse, executive director of The Food...
  • Hidden Inflation: Food Prices Flying Under the Fed's Radar

    01/28/2011 1:14:42 PM PST · by FromLori · 52 replies
    Money Morning ^ | 1/28/2011 | JASON SIMPKINS
    Soaring food prices have been, perhaps, the most pressing global issue of the past two years – yet the U.S. Federal Reserve has taken a "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" approach to the global crisis. Instead, the Fed has dutifully maintained its focus on so called "core inflation" in the United States – even as Americans suffer the consequences of the "hidden inflation" the government refuses to account for. The Federal Reserve excludes food and fuel prices from its preferred gauge of inflation because they are often influenced by erratic weather patterns and political turmoil. That...
  • Food-Price Rise Puts Focus on Speculators (Blame Game--Price Controls Coming?)

    01/26/2011 7:14:34 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/26/11 | SAMEER MOHINDRU
    The run-up in global commodity prices is stirring debate in a number of countries over the role of financial speculators, a prospect that could fuel a regulatory backlash by governments keen to control food prices.
  • Food Riots: Is Bernanke Partially to Blame?

    01/30/2011 2:57:50 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 44 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 28,2011 | Larry Kudlow
    <p>As we know, massive popular unrest has broken out against autocratic governments in North Africa and the Arab world. Egypt is the biggest story. But to varying degrees, the people have taken to the streets in Algeria, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, and Yemen.</p>
  • Egypt and Tunisia usher in the new era of global food revolutions

    01/30/2011 5:46:15 PM PST · by RC one · 5 replies
    the Telegraph ^ | 7:30PM GMT 30 Jan 2011 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Political risk has returned with a vengeance. The first food revolutions of our Malthusian era have exposed the weak grip of authoritarian regimes in poor countries that import grain, whether in North Africa today or parts of Asia tomorrow.If you insist on joining the emerging market party at this stage of the agflation blow-off, avoid countries with an accelerating gap between rich and poor. Cairo’s EGX stock index has dropped 20pc in nine trading sessions. Events have moved briskly since a Tunisian fruit vendor with a handcart set fire to himself six weeks ago, and in doing so lit the...
  • Egyptians Stock Up on Food, Water as Protests Rage

    01/31/2011 5:00:08 AM PST · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    AP/AOLNews ^ | 1/31/11 | Ryan Lucas
    After 24 years in Canada, Rafik and Leila Baladi moved back to Cairo two weeks ago to settle down. Now, like many other residents of the Egyptian capital, they're stocking up on bottled water and essential foodstuffs as chaos engulfs this sprawling city of some 18 million. "We just don't know what is going to happen," said Leila, who along with her husband was pushing a shopping cart loaded with frozen chicken breasts, fava beans, milk and other items at a grocery store in central Cairo. "People are terrified to death." Everyday life in Cairo has been turned upside down...
  • Authoritarian governments start stockpiling food to fight public anger

    02/01/2011 3:47:53 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 11 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/1/11 | Ben Farmer
    Commodities traders have warned they are seeing the first signs of panic buying from states concerned about the political implications of rising prices for staple crops. However, the tactic risks simply further pushing up prices, analysts have warned, pushing a spiral of food inflation. Governments in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa have recently made large food purchases on the open market in the wake of unrest in Tunisia which deposed president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Resentment at food shortages and high prices, as well as repression and corruption, drove the popular uprising which swept away his government. Youths...
  • Egypt and Tunisia usher in the new era of global food revolutions

    01/30/2011 4:47:12 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 26 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:30PM GMT 30 Jan 2011 | By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Events have moved briskly since a Tunisian fruit vendor set fire to himself six weeks ago, and thereby lit the fuse that has detonated Egypt and threatens to topple the political order of the Maghreb, Yemen, and beyond. As Al-Jazeera broadcasts authority crumbling in the cultural and political capital of the Arab world, exhilaration can turn quickly to foreboding. Whatever the aspirations of those on the streets of Cairo, such uprisings are easy prey for tight-knit organizations – known in the revolutionary lexicon as Leninist vanguard parties. In Egypt this means the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood is a different kettle...
  • America and the Middle East Food Riots

    02/01/2011 5:02:55 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 31, 2011 | Steve McCann
    --snip--Today there is a global food shortage and skyrocketing prices. This has become the underlying factor in the riots in Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt, where up to 56% of a person's income is dedicated to the acquisition of food. These riots are now leading to the upheaval of governments and the very real possibility of the ascendancy of the radical elements into control...
  • Food staples starting to run out in Egypt

    01/31/2011 1:54:05 PM PST · by Kartographer · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/31/11 | Salma Abdelaziz
    While discontent, resentment and nationalism continue to fuel demonstrations, one vital staple is in short supply: food. Many families in Egypt are fast running out of staples such as bread, beans and rice and are often unable or unwilling to shop for groceries. "Everything is running out. I have three children, and I only have enough to feed them for maybe two more days. After that I do not know what we will do." school administrator Gamalat Gadalla told CNN. The unrest has paralyzed daily life in Egypt with many grocers closing shop and spotty food shipments. "With the curfew,...
  • An era of cheap food may be drawing to a close

    01/31/2011 5:00:40 AM PST · by NRG1973 · 67 replies
    Reuters via MSNBC ^ | January 31, 2010 | KT Arasu
    U.S. grain prices should stay unrelentingly high this year, according to a Reuters poll, the latest sign that the era of cheap food has come to an end. U.S. corn, soybeans and wheat prices -- which surged by as much has 50 percent last year and hit their highest levels since mid-2008 -- will dip by at most 5 percent by the end of 2011, according to the poll of 16 analysts. The forecasts suggest no quick relief for nations bedeviled by record high food costs that have stoked civil unrest. It means any extreme weather event in a grains-producing...
  • U.N. Data Notes Sharp Rise in World Food Prices

    01/05/2011 9:26:25 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 5, 2011 | By WILLIAM NEUMAN
    World food prices continued to rise sharply in December, bringing them close to the crisis levels that provoked shortages and riots in poor countries three years ago, according to newly released United Nations data. Prices are expected to remain high this year, prompting concern that the world may be approaching another crisis, although economists cautioned that many factors, like adequate stockpiles of key grains, could prevent a serious problem. The food price index of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization rose 32 percent from June to December, according to the report published Wednesday. In December, the index was slightly...
  • World Bank to Manage Food Supplies?

    01/06/2011 6:24:10 AM PST · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    Right Side News ^ | January 6, 2011 | Daily Bell
    Free markets can still feed the world ... Nicolas Sarkozy, France's president, has rightly identified food price volatility as a priority for his country as it chairs the Group of 20 leading economies this year ... With food accounting for a large and volatile share of tight family budgets in the poorest countries, rising prices are re-emerging as a threat to global growth and social stability. When prices of staples soar, the poor bear the brunt. Without global action, people in poor countries will be deprived of adequate and nutritious food, with tragic consequences for individuals and for the future...
  • Hungry at the holidays

    12/21/2010 11:33:54 AM PST · by magellan · 23 replies
    CNN.com ^ | December 21st, 2010 | Kat Kinsman
    Heaping platters of turkey, bowls of gravy-slathered mashed potatoes, endless pies and more than plenty for leftovers; for millions of children across the United States, a meal like this is as far-fetched a Christmas fantasy as Santa actually dropping down their chimney. Winter break is anything but a wonderland for children in many of the nation's estimated 44 million food insecure families, who rely on school lunch for sustenance. Chef Bill Telepan sees the real-time effect of these economic stresses while school is still in session. In addition to his own restaurant, the eponymously-named Telepan, he serves as executive chef...
  • N. Korea: Rice Price before and after Currency Reform (day-by-day chart)

    01/31/2010 6:35:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 539+ views
    Free North Korea Radio ^ | 01/28/10 | Kim Eun-ho
    Before currency reform, food price in Pyongyang and Chongjin (in old denomination per kg) Between Sept. and Nov., 2009, rice: 1800~2400 won, corn: 800~1100 won After currency reform, rice price in Pyongyang and Chongjin (in new denomination per kg) date rice pricein new won contributing factor Dec.2009 1st ~ 9th  20~ 25 government institutes currency reform1 new won = 100 old won 10~15th  30~ 45 price in new currency would not settle properly, and price rises 20~30th  50~ 60 Public Security impose ban on the use of foreign currency on Dec. 28; price rises Jan.2010  1st~5th  80~120 price doubled...
  • North Korea 'struggling against civil unrest'

    02/03/2010 7:11:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 695+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 02/03/10 | Richard Lloyd Parry
    North Korea 'struggling against civil unrest' The revaluation of the won has led to rampant inflation and civil disorder Richard Lloyd Parry, Asia Editor The North Korean dictatorship is struggling to contain civil unrest and runaway inflation caused by a drastic revaluation of its won currency, which is threatening new food shortages in the already hungry nation, according to reports in South Korea. /snip Agents of the People’s Safety Agency (PSA), which is conducting a so-called “Fifty Day Battle” against illegal enterprise, were reported to have been attacked and driven away as they sought out market activity in the city...
  • Poll reveals 2009 hunger rate in US [18.2%]

    01/31/2010 10:58:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 733+ views
    Press TV ^ | January 31, 2010
    A new survey indicates that nearly one in five US households could not afford to buy enough food at least once during the past year. An anti-hunger group said the poll found 18.2 percent of households reported "food hardship" -- lacking money to buy enough food -- in 2009. The figure reflects a higher percentage than the government's "food insecurity" rating of 14.6 percent of households, or 49 million people, in 2008. "There are no hunger-free areas of America," Jim Weill of the Food Research and Action Center was quoted as saying by Reuters. He added that he hoped President...
  • Poor Haitians Resort to Eating Dirt (A must read)

    01/30/2008 5:22:41 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 129 replies · 269+ views
    AP ^ | 1/29/2008 | JONATHAN M. KATZ
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - It was lunchtime in one of Haiti's worst slums, and Charlene Dumas was eating mud. With food prices rising, Haiti's poorest can't afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies. Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country's central plateau. The mud has long been prized by pregnant women and children here as an antacid and source of calcium. But in places like Cite Soleil, the oceanside slum where Charlene...
  • Poor Haitians Resort to Eating Dirt

    02/16/2008 11:31:16 AM PST · by IssuesOriented · 54 replies · 323+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 29, 2008 | JONATHAN M. KATZ
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti It was lunchtime in one of Haiti's worst slums, and Charlene Dumas was eating mud. With food prices rising, Haiti's poorest can't afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies. Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country's central plateau. The mud has long been prized by pregnant women and children here as an antacid and source of calcium. But in places like Cite Soleil, the oceanside slum where Charlene shares...
  • In Hungry Haiti, Dirt Is Food

    01/29/2008 3:25:32 PM PST · by decimon · 45 replies · 300+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 29, 2008 | JONATHAN M. KATZ
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - It was lunchtime in one of Haiti's worst slums, and Charlene Dumas was eating mud. With food prices rising, Haiti's poorest can't afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies. Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country's central plateau. The mud has long been prized by pregnant women and children here as an antacid and source of calcium. But in places like Cite Soleil, the oceanside slum where Charlene...
  • Haiti Facing 'Major Food Crisis'

    05/01/2008 9:06:16 AM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 148+ views
    BBC ^ | 5-1-2008
    Haiti facing 'major food crisis' Malnutrition is widespread in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world Haiti faces a "major crisis" if the international community does not increase food aid to the country, the UN's food agency has warned. The World Food Programme director for the region, Pedro Medrano, said Haiti required more help to feed its poor. He appealed for $54m (£27m) in new funding to counter food prices which have risen sharply around the world. At least six people were killed in Haiti last month as protests over rising prices turned violent. The prices of wheat,...
  • Rev. Jackson heads to food-strapped Haiti

    04/27/2008 9:40:07 PM PDT · by kingattax · 20 replies · 279+ views
    UPI ^ | April 27, 2008
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, April 27 (UPI) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson and several leaders of Florida's Haitian community arrived in Haiti Sunday to study the country's food crisis, Haitian radio reported. Jackson and others are expected to discuss food-price inflation with Haitian leaders, according to officials of his Rainbow Push Coalition. Protests over spiking food prices left at least seven people dead this month and prompted lawmakers to oust Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis. On Sunday, Ericq Pierre, a former senior adviser with the Inter-American Development Bank, was named Alexis' successor.
  • Haitians Say Their Hunger Is Real

    04/10/2008 4:26:24 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 114+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4-10-2008 | Jim Loney
    Haitians say their hunger is real Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:45pm EDT By Jim Loney PORT-AU-PRINCE, April 10 (Reuters) - Elta Petithomme has been scouring the Haitian capital's garbage-strewn main market street for hours, searching for something to feed her four young children. Today, pickings are slim. Yesterday she sold a cellphone for 50 gourdes, the equivalent of about $1.30, enough to buy some bread, sugar and fried plantains. That's all the children, all under the age of 6, had to eat for the day. "Some days neighbors will cook and give us some food, as little as it is....
  • THANKSGIVING 2009: 36 MILLION AMERICANS WILL BE FOOD “INSECURE”

    11/11/2009 7:46:23 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 28 replies · 859+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 11/11/2009 | Staff
    More than 36.2 million Americans – 11 percent of U.S. households – suffer from food insecurity. That is, their access to enough food is limited by a lack of money and other resources. -- More than 35 million Americans – one out of nine – are receiving food stamps, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. -- 17.5 percent of rural households with children are food insecure.
  • Food insecurity rears its head

    As many families gather for this splendid holiday feast, there are too many others who in the year suffer the American equivalent of hunger. This is more like deprivation and thankfully not the clinical malnutrition and starvation it is in the Third World. At the same time, this super-rich nation is also battling what is described as an epidemic of overweight and obesity. Obesity, according to the experts, is mushrooming faster than any other health problem. If not slowed down, it will exact $344 billion in health care costs in 2018. By that time 43 percent of Americans, or 103...
  • Bare necessities top holiday wish lists

    11/23/2009 2:35:09 PM PST · by FromLori · 17 replies · 905+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/23/09 | Andrea Billups
    Forget buying a ton of gifts. A week before Thanksgiving, the holidays are shaping up as a season of no frills. And for some, the joy of family time and gift-giving has been replaced this year by a quest for basic necessities as more jobs are lost and unemployment benefits start to expire. Michigan, with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation at 14.8 percent in September, has a food crisis going into the holiday season. "We have people coming to the food bank who said they were donating to us last year, but who are now out...
  • In the language of Washington, things are not as they seem, or sound

    11/26/2006 12:43:20 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies · 452+ views
    McCleans ^ | November 26, 2006 | CALVIN WOODWARD
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The government's annual accounting of hunger in the United States reported no hunger in its last outing. Instead, it found "food insecurity." Likewise, no one is even considering retreating from Iraq. "Redeploying" the heck out of there is, however, an option. In Washington, words are a moving target that conceal at least as much as they reveal. Doublespeak runs through the discourse on Iraq, terrorism and domestic matters to a point where it's hard to tell what is going on. The libertarian Cato Institute recently took on the rising tide of fuzzy words in the fight against...