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  • Rising Hunger Trend Affects 1 in 4 U.S. Children (new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture)

    11/18/2009 8:30:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies · 1,796+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 11/18/2009 | Jennifer Riley
    Nearly one in four children in the United States lived in a home that suffered from food insecurity in 2008, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In total, 16.7 million children, or 22.5 percent, were from families that had difficulty putting enough food on the table last year. That’s 4.3 million more children than in 2007. “Child hunger is not just a casualty of the recession,” commented the Rev. David Beckmann, president of the Christian anti-poverty group Bread for the World, in response to the data. “It was a problem before the recession, and unless we...
  • Hunger In U.S. At A 14-Year High

    11/16/2009 7:40:14 PM PST · by Steelfish · 52 replies · 1,044+ views
    NYTimes ^ | November 16th, 2009
    Hunger in U.S. at a 14-year high NYT: 1 in 7 households struggles to put enough food on table During his campaign, President Obama promised to eliminate hunger among American children by 2015. The administration has yet to offer a detailed plan to do so, and the report on Monday underscored the daunting dimensions of the challenge. By Brian Knowlton Nov . 16, 2009 WASHINGTON - The number of Americans who lacked reliable access to sufficient food shot up last year to its highest point since the government began surveying in 1995, the Agriculture Department reported on Monday. In its...

    11/11/2009 7:46:23 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 28 replies · 859+ views ^ | 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.
  • Bill Gates vs. the Famine Lobby (The Left demonizes "Frankenfoods" while Africa starves)

    10/30/2009 5:38:44 PM PDT · by · 32 replies · 1,312+ views ^ | October 30, 2009 | Ben Johnson
    Bill Gates took on the Famine Lobby while addressing a forum on the world food supply in Iowa. Speaking at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Gates took aim at the chorus of environmental leftists and organic food advocates who believe Africans should starve rather than eat genetically modified (GM) foods. “Some voices are instantly hostile to any emphasis on productivity. They act as if there is no emergency, even though in the poorest, hungriest places on earth, population is growing faster than productivity,” he said.The opposition is significant, because Gates is left-of-center himself. The Bill and Melinda...
  • UN: Record 1 billion go hungry

    10/14/2009 4:28:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies · 2,230+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/14/09 | Tom Malti and Ariel David -ap
    NAIROBI, Kenya – Parents in some of Africa's poorest countries are cutting back on school, clothes and basic medical care just to give their children a meal once a day, experts say. Still, it is not enough. A record 1 billion people worldwide are hungry and a new report says the number will increase if governments do not spend more on agriculture. According to the U.N. food agency, which issued the report, 30 countries now require emergency aid, including 20 in Africa. The trend continues despite a goal set by world leaders nine years ago to cut the number of...
  • United?

    10/09/2009 9:18:25 AM PDT · by chaimke · 295+ views
    Freedom's Cost | 10/09/2009 | Chaim
    Will the silent tears or the loud crying ever stop?Look at the eyes, gentle reader, the photographers have captured the pain, the hunger, the shame, the fear, the horror... The UN was supposed to alleviate such problems and usher in a new era of peace and prosperity. It has failed miserably! Precisely because of its all inclusiveness. “Would that include Nazi Germany if it existed today?” I asked him. “Why, yes,” he replied, “a sovereign state is a sovereign state.” The UN makes no demands that its members show even the most minimal regard for human rights or even human...
  • Weekly Roundup - Living On Nothing Edition [Survival Today - an On going Thread #3]

    07/24/2009 3:37:21 AM PDT · by nw_arizona_granny · 10,032 replies · 68,111+ views
    Frugal Dad .com ^ | July 23, 2009 | Frugal Dad
    Weekly Roundup - Living On Nothing Edition Category: Roundups | Comments(15) Did you hear about the guy that lives on nothing? No seriously, he lives on zero dollars a day. Meet Daniel Suelo, who lives in a cave outside Moab, Utah. Suelo has no mortgage, no car payment, no debt of any kind. He also has no home, no car, no television, and absolutely no “creature comforts.” But he does have a lot of creatures, as in the mice and bugs that scurry about the cave floor he’s called home for the last three years. To us, Suelo probably sounds...
  • Bob Dylan - Christmas in the heart

    09/24/2009 8:43:08 AM PDT · by xzins · 38 replies · 1,079+ views
    Bob Dylan ^ | Bob Dylan
    MORE THAN 4 MILLION MEALS TO BE PROVIDED DURING HOLIDAYS Bob Dylan will release a brand new album of holiday songs, Christmas In The Heart, on Tuesday, October 13, it was announced today by Columbia Records. All of the artist’s U.S. royalties from sales of these recordings will be donated to Feeding America, guaranteeing that more than four million meals will be provided to more than 1.4 million people in need in this country during this year’s holiday season. Bob Dylan is also donating all of his future U.S. royalties from this album to Feeding America in perpetuity. snip Christmas...
  • 'Apostle of Wheat' (Norman)Borlaug had deep Minnesota roots (Won Nobel Peace Prize)

    09/14/2009 4:00:34 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 3 replies · 318+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 9/13/09 | Rochelle Olson/Sharon Schmickle - Staff Reporters
    In the final days of a nearly three-year battle with lymphoma, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug was asked by his daughter if he needed anything. The 95-year-old responded: "Africa. Africa. I have not finished my mission in Africa," his daughter, Jeanie Borlaug Laube, said Sunday from Dallas. Norman Borlaug, an Iowa farmboy who graduated from the University of Minnesota, believed food was a moral right. He traveled the world as a scientist and humanitarian, becoming the Green Revolution's "Apostle of Wheat" for the high-yield grain he perfected. Borlaug, who most recently had been a distinguished professor at Texas A&M...
  • HR2749 The Food and Safety Enhancement Act coming up for VOTE in SENATE. BEWARE THE RESULTS!

    09/03/2009 7:09:51 PM PDT · by Kackikat · 131 replies · 3,923+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/04/09 | kackikat
    According to Gunny G Online: “This astounding control will include the elimination of organic farming by eliminating manure, mandating GMO animal feed, imposing animal drugs, and ordering applications of petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides. Farmers, thus, will be locked not only into the industrialization of once normal and organic farms but into the forced purchase of industry’s products.” HR 2749 creates severe criminal and civil penalties, including prison terms of up to 10 years and/or fines of up to $100,000 for each violation. Does it include judicial review, Congressional oversight, a defined and limited set of penalties and punishments for a...
  • India To Go Hungry; Invest In Agricultural Food?

    08/25/2009 10:17:14 AM PDT · by h20skier66 · 5 replies · 418+ views
    Commodity News Center ^ | 8/25/09 | Ned Schmidt
    Years have passed since investors seemed to pay attention to anything other than the latest short-term, but irrelevant, number of the day. Perhaps the ESPN approach being applied to business news is part of the reason for that. What might happen next week or next year seems of little concern. However, next week and next year have a habit of becoming today over time. Sometimes though, short-term events, being largely ignored, unveil longer term developments. One of those might be the drought currently ravaging India’s farmers. Summer monsoons provide more than half of the rainfall in much of India. Indian...
  • Terrific Tomato Soup and Other Tomato Recipes

    08/18/2009 5:57:47 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 84 replies · 2,925+ views
    Mother Earth News ^ | 1975! | Mother Earth News Editors
    Hillard Green has the right idea. The old adage "Waste not want not" applies for sure in these days of exorbitant food prices. And those of us who grow our own have always known the value of preserving nature's bounty for off-season use. Since tomatoes are easy to grow and often plentiful, you may find yourself up to your ears in the ripe, scarlet fruit as frost approaches—and a few hints on the preservation of the harvest may be welcome. I've also taken the canning jar shortage into account in preparing this article, and have included some guides to the...
  • Hunger Hits Detroit's Middle Class (Middle Class lives in Detroit?)

    08/12/2009 3:49:41 PM PDT · by Bulldawg Fan · 28 replies · 1,073+ views ^ | 8/12/09 | unknown
    DETROIT ( -- On a side street in an old industrial neighborhood, a delivery man stacks a dolly of goods outside a store. Ten feet away stands another man clad in military fatigues, combat boots and what appears to be a flak jacket. He looks straight out of Baghdad. But this isn't Iraq. It's southeast Detroit, and he's there to guard the groceries. In this recession-racked town, the lack of food is a serious problem. It's a theme that comes up again and again in conversations in Detroit. There isn't a single major chain supermarket in the city, forcing residents...
  • Gerald Celente: Food Riots, Tax Rebellions By 2012

    11/14/2008 10:07:38 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 354 replies · 21,518+ views
    Food Riots, Tax Rebellions By 2012...Trend forecaster, renowned for being accurate in the past, saysThe man who predicted the 1987 stock market crash and the fall of the Soviet Union is now forecasting revolution in America, food riots and tax rebellions - all within four years, while cautioning that putting food on the table will be a more pressing concern than buying Christmas gifts by 2012. Gerald Celente, the CEO of Trends Research Institute, is renowned for his accuracy in predicting fut ure world and economic events, which will send a chill down your spine considering what he told Fox...
  • Hunger hits Detroit's middle class

    08/07/2009 5:23:07 PM PDT · by advance_copy · 77 replies · 2,718+ views
    CNN Money ^ | 8/07/09
    DETROIT ( -- On a side street in an old industrial neighborhood, a delivery man stacks a dolly of goods outside a store. Ten feet away stands another man clad in military fatigues, combat boots and what appears to be a flak jacket. He looks straight out of Baghdad. But this isn't Iraq. It's southeast Detroit, and he's there to guard the groceries. "No pictures, put the camera down," he yells. My companion and I, on a tour of how people in this city are using urban farms to grow their own food, speed off. [snip] There have been plenty...
  • Middle Class And Hungry

    08/06/2009 3:33:40 PM PDT · by FromLori · 26 replies · 786+ views
    An economist is saying the recession is over, Goldman Sachs is making money again and the Dow Jones is up almost 5.5% for the year. But Shangrai-La this is not. According to this telling report, middle class folks in Detroit are hungry. That's right -- they don't have enough food: "The food crunch is intensifying, and spreading to people not used to dealing with hunger. As middle class workers lose their jobs, the same folks that used to donate to soup kitchens and pantries have become their fastest growing set of recipients. 'We've seen about a third more people than...
  • U.S. pledges $3 billion as G-8 targets hunger (US taxpayer's money hard at work, just not here)

    07/10/2009 6:19:20 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 10 replies · 585+ views
    msnbc ^ | 7/10/2009 | ap
    World leaders met Friday with African nations before an expected announcement of a new food security proposal that represents a fundamental shift in the way the West tackles world hunger, taking wisdom from the old proverb about teaching a man to fish. President Barack Obama is expected Friday to announce an up to $15 billion agriculture investment initiative, delegates attending the Group of Eight summit in Italy said. The initiative includes some $3 billion from Washington. The strategy seeks to enable poor farmers to produce more of their own food by improving productivity, shifting the focus from delivering aid. It...
  • A 'time bomb' for world wheat crop.....

    06/26/2009 11:29:28 AM PDT · by TaraP · 124 replies · 2,424+ views
    L.A Times ^ | June 26th, 2009
    The Ug99 fungus, called stem rust, could wipe out more than 80% of the world's wheat as it spreads from Africa, scientists fear. The race is on to breed resistant plants before it reaches the U.S. The spores arrived from Kenya on dried, infected leaves ensconced in layers of envelopes. Working inside a bio-secure greenhouse outfitted with motion detectors and surveillance cameras, government scientists at the Cereal Disease Laboratory in St. Paul, Minn., suspended the fungal spores in a light mineral oil and sprayed them onto thousands of healthy wheat plants. After two weeks, the stalks were covered with deadly...
  • World hunger 'hits one billion'

    06/19/2009 12:45:44 PM PDT · by traumer · 54 replies · 943+ views
    One billion people throughout the world suffer from hunger, a figure which has increased by 100 million because of the global financial crisis, says the UN. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said the figure was a record high. Persistently high food prices have also contributed to the hunger crisis. The director general of the FAO said the level of hunger, one-sixth of the world's population, posed a "serious risk" to world peace and security. The UN said almost all of the world's undernourished live in developing countries, with the most, some 642 million people, living in the Asia-Pacific...
  • Food banks facing security issues

    05/28/2009 11:52:27 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 45 replies · 1,140+ views
    Northwest Cable News ^ | May 27, 2009 | Eric Wilkinson
    SEATTLE - Desperate times are calling for desperate measures at food banks around the area. Longer lines and shorter tempers are now forcing some facilities to hire security guards to keep people safe. The need for increased security comes with food banks across the region seeing more people than ever before. Seattle’s Cherry Street Food Bank recently saw 2,651 people walk through their doors in a single day -- an all-time record. “It's a problem with people wanting more than they get, and not getting what they think they deserve,” said Cherry Street security guard Ron Washington. “Then, they have...
  • Monsanto GM-corn harvest fails massively in South Africa

    04/17/2009 9:28:02 AM PDT · by Squidpup · 54 replies · 4,214+ views
    Digital Journal ^ | Mar 29, 2009 | Adriana Stuijt
    South African farmers suffered millions of dollars in lost income when 82,000 hectares of genetically-manipulated corn (maize) failed to produce hardly any seeds.The plants look lush and healthy from the outside. Monsanto has offered compensation. Monsanto blames the failure of the three varieties of corn planted on these farms, in three South African provinces,on alleged 'underfertilisation processes in the laboratory". Some 280 of the 1,000 farmers who planted the three varieties of Monsanto corn this year, have reported extensive seedless corn problems. Urgent investigation demanded However environmental activitist Marian Mayet, director of the Africa-centre for biosecurity in Johannesburg, demands an...
  • One in 10 Americans receiving food stamps: Enrollment rose in all but four states during January.

    04/02/2009 2:24:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 985+ views
    WMT-AM / Reuters ^ | April 2, 2009
    <p>A record 32.2 million people -- one in every 10 Americans -- received food stamps at latest count, the government said on Thursday, a reflection of the recession now in its 16th month. Food stamps are the major U.S. antihunger program and help poor people buy groceries. The average benefit was $112.82 per person in January.</p>
  • Another Green Revolution - Genetically modified food offers hope for the world’s malnourished.

    03/20/2009 9:52:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 736+ views
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2009 | Bjřrn Lomborg
    Shortly after the Second World War, a “Green Revolution” began to transform agriculture around the globe, allowing food production to keep pace with worldwide population growth. By means of irrigation, fertilizer, pesticides, and plant breeding, the Green Revolution increased world grain production by an astonishing 250 percent between 1950 and 1984, raising the calorie intake of the world’s poorest people and averting serious famines. The revolution’s benefits have tapered off, however, as the number of mouths to feed has grown ever larger and as conventional breeding of new plant varieties has produced diminishing returns. What’s needed is a new revolution....
  • Thousands in town that Obama visited line up to get free supplies

    03/12/2009 5:34:20 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies · 890+ views
    MSNBC ^ | March. 10, 2009 | Truth Staff
    ELKHART, Ind. - In this job-starved city where President Barack Obama last month made a public appeal for his economic stimulus plan, hundreds of volunteers — and an agency that specializes in handing out food — worked together Tuesday to feed 5,200 hungry families. Roughly 300 local volunteers worked with Feed the Children to distribute more than $2.1 million worth of food at Concord Mall as part of the nonprofit relief organization’s “Feeding Americans Emergency Caravan.” The caravan of semi-trailers is visiting small cities and towns across America hit hard by the economic crisis. No area in Indiana has been...
  • Obama tries to boost nation

    03/07/2009 11:52:10 AM PST · by topfile · 70 replies · 2,289+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Saturday, March 7, 2009 | Stephen Dinan
    After a week of rough economic news, President Obama on Saturday gave a pep talk to America, using his weekly radio address to tell them he understands their hardships and to tick off the steps he's prodded government to take. "We will continue to face difficult days in the months ahead," Mr. Obama said. "But I also believe that we will get through this — that if we act swiftly and boldly and responsibly, the United States of America will emerge stronger and more prosperous than it was before." Mr. Obama also bragged about what he said were the brakes...
  • A new way to measure hunger in Minnesota

    03/02/2009 2:02:03 PM PST · by Sopater · 11 replies · 478+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | March 2, 2009 - 3:41 PM | PAUL WALSH
    The Upper Midwest's leading food-shelf organization in the state revealed today just how many meals that Minnesotans are missing every year -- 125 million. In concert with release of that study this afternoon by Maplewood-based Second Harvest Heartland, Target also presented 600,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to Minnesota FoodShare's March Campaign. The "Missing Meals" study is a collection of secondary data that pinpoints exactly how many meals Minnesotans in need are missing. This breaks from the pattern of hunger-relief organizations simply identifying the number of individuals seeking meal assistance. Among the report's other key findings: • On average, low-income...
  • Edible weeds

    02/14/2009 10:03:07 AM PST · by djf · 246 replies · 10,331+ views
    I have decided to start a thread focusing on edible weeds. Many of the common plants we see everyday are edible, and while most are not hugely palatable or nutritious, a few are truly very good. If you would like to post a recipe, please post recipes related to these plants only. As always, an extreme amount of caution is advised. It's probably true that 90 percent or so of plants are actually edible, there is a small percentage that if you eat them, you WON'T have to worry about eating again! Oleander comes to mind, it would take less...
  • Helpless And Hungry In Elkhart? President Obama Seems To Think So

    02/09/2009 6:28:57 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies · 982+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    President Obama seems to have a pretty low opinion of the resiliency of his fellow Americans. He opened his press conference this evening by claiming that the unemployed of Elkhart, Indiana have “no idea what to do or who to turn to.” What’s more, he claimed that the food banks there “don’t have enough to meet the demand.” Does Pres. Obama really believe they’re clueless and starving in Elkhart, or was this just a pretext for the claim he made a bit later that at least for now, “only government” can solve the problems facing America? BARACK OBAMA: I took...
  • Targeting Obesity Alongside Hunger (Obamas get tough on Fatties)

    12/24/2008 7:31:23 AM PST · by jessduntno · 41 replies · 1,103+ views
    WaPo Whopper ^ | Today | Katherine Frey
    Targeting Obesity Alongside Hunger Obama Administration May Look to Tie Food Assistance to Improved Nutrition In many areas where lots of people receive aid, good, nutritious food can be scarce. The District's Ward 8 went nine years without a full-service grocer. By Jane Black Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, December 24, 2008; Page A02 The worsening economic crunch is causing the tab for food assistance programs to balloon, and with the rising costs has come an intensifying debate over whether -- and how -- the U.S. government can tackle simultaneously the paradoxically linked problems of hunger and obesity. The statistics...
  • Dirty ’30s taught people how to survive on their own

    12/06/2008 10:12:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 109 replies · 3,333+ views
    The Kelowna Capital News ^ | December 06, 2008 | Elsie Dawe
    About a week ago, I read that seniors are under-represented at food banks, meal services and other help outlets. This was certainly not the first time I have read or heard this. One reason that is repeatedly advanced for the under-representation is that many seniors lived through The Great Depression of the 1930s, an era when people thought several times before spending even one of their hard-earned pennies. They also learned how to get the most out of what they bought. The people of that era just automatically recycled. Once expired, Eaton’s and Simpson Sears catalogues (each referred to as...
  • The Community Food Bank of New Jersey Blogging Out Hunger Campaign

    12/05/2008 12:32:25 PM PST · by sonrise57 · 187+ views
    House Hubbie's Home Cooking ^ | December 5, 2008 | sonrise57
    House Hubbie's Joins "Blogging Out Hunger" Campaign My fellow foodie and blogging buddy, Deborah of Jersey Bites is coordinating a bloging campaign on behalf of The Community Food Bank of New Jersey. The "This Bank Can't Fail" blogging campaign is scheduled to launch December 15th. The goal is to get 100 New Jersey bloggers spreading the word about the desperate need that The Community Food Bank of New Jersey is in due to the increased demands being put on New Jersey food pantries.
  • Hungry Children Suffer from Obesity

    11/28/2008 12:59:15 PM PST · by nateriver · 14 replies · 761+ views
    Confused? Various local governments have declared obesity a crisis, fast food chains are being sued, school lunches are now abstaining from all fried foods, But last week the USDA release their report stating more children are hungry than before the downturn. Who is responsible for the food that these poor, hungry, obese children are given? Surely not Heather Mills.
  • Report: 1 in 8 Americans went hungry last year

    11/21/2008 2:33:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies · 1,648+ views
    CNN ^ | November 21, 2008 | David Schechter, CNN Senior National Editor
    The young man, wearing a shirt and a tie, turned up just as the pantry operated by an Iowa food bank was closing for the night. He knew it was after-hours. That’s why he was there. He kept his gaze downward as he told the woman from the food bank that he had lost his job, had a wife and kids and was too embarrassed and ashamed to stand in line to receive a bag of groceries that hopefully would feed his family for a week. I have a master’s degree. I shouldn’t have to do this, he said. I...
  • The Anti-Christ And Mr. Obama

    11/16/2008 12:22:03 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 85 replies · 2,639+ views ^ | 11/15/2008 | Jack Kelley
    Since the election I've been asked a number of times to comment on the likelihood that Mr. Obama could be the anti-Christ. Let me begin by saying that having been elected President he's Mr. Obama now, not just Obama. As for him being the anti-Christ I've discouraged that thought because I don't believe it's time for the anti-Christ to be revealed yet. But apart from that there's no Biblical reason I can find that would absolutely disqualify him. And based on the things we know about the anti-Christ there's a fit in several important places. The anti-Christ will have to...
  • N Korea 'develops special noodle' (longer feeling of full stomach)

    08/23/2008 7:41:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies · 318+ views
    BBC ^ | 08/23/08
    N Korea 'develops special noodle' North Korean scientists have developed a new kind of noodle that delays feelings of hunger, a Japan-based pro-Pyongyang newspaper has reported. The noodles were made from corn and soybeans, the Choson Shinbo said. They left people feeling fuller longer and represented a technological breakthrough, the newspaper said. North Korea is dependent on foreign food aid. Last month the UN warned that residents were experiencing their worst food shortages in a decade. But the communist country remains reluctant to allow experts to fully assess the scale of the problem or give them adequate access to deliver...
  • On the edge of common sense: Beliefs encourage US to aid ungrateful world

    08/17/2008 4:50:53 PM PDT · by B4Ranch · 5 replies · 208+ views ^ | August 16, 2008 | Baxter Black
    Juxtaposed on opposite pages of the BBC International newspaper were two stories: "..thousands of people (in Seoul, South Korea) protesting against resumption of U.S. Beef imports..." and "The U.S. announced that it will send half a million tons of food aid to North Korea." How can two so closely connected groups of people hold such strong opposite opinions about the safety of U.S. food exports? Easy. It's the haves vs. the have-nots. South Korea is a strong democratic nation, our ally, who owes its existence to the U.S. and the United Nations. It has the luxury to be choosey. Its...
  • How to Get the Biggest Bang for 10 Billion Bucks

    07/28/2008 2:34:41 AM PDT · by The Raven · 17 replies · 204+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 28, 2008 | BJORN LOMBORG
    If you had a spare $10 billion over the next four years, how would you spend it to achieve the most for humanity? This is a small amount compared to rich-government budgets. But if we could set aside an extra $10 billion, we could achieve an awful lot. Would you spend your money tackling diseases like malaria, HIV and tuberculosis, which claim millions of lives each year? Would you battle hunger and malnutrition? What about climate change, which many believe is the biggest challenge facing the planet? ....more
  • World leaders enjoy 18-course banquet as they discuss how to solve global food crisis

    07/07/2008 10:11:38 PM PDT · by Oyarsa · 26 replies · 124+ views ^ | 7/08/08 | James Chapman
    rising prices and a global shortage of provisions. But yesterday the Prime Minister and other world leaders sat down to an 18-course gastronomic extravaganza at a G8 summit in Japan, which is focusing on the food crisis. The dinner, and a six-course lunch, at the summit of leading industrialised nations on the island of Hokkaido, included delicacies such as caviar, milkfed lamb, sea urchin and tuna, with champagne and wines flown in from Europe and the U.S.
  • Five Million Face Hunger In Zimbabwe, UN Says

    06/18/2008 10:21:41 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 140+ views
    Five million face hunger in Zimbabwe, UN says Last Updated: 3:39PM BST 18/06/2008 The United Nations has warned that more than five million Zimbabweans could be threatened by hunger next year due to a steady drop in food production coupled with the world's highest rate of inflation. Robert Mugabe's seizure of land continues to take its toll The Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Food Program said in a joint report that an estimated two million people in Zimbabwe will not have enough to eat in the summer months. That figure is projected to rise to 3.8 million people...
  • **India's GDP to Grow at 9.5% in FY 2009**

    06/17/2008 12:43:16 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 35 replies · 1,618+ views
    Financial Express (India) ^ | 17 June 2008 | Financial Express (India)
    'India's GDP to grow at 9.5% in FY 09' Mumbai, June 16: India's real GDP is expected to grow at an impressive 9.5 per cent in FY 09, the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) said in its monthly review in Mumbai. The Indian Economy is heading towards the fourth consecutive year of an over-9 per cent growth and like in the last five years, growth this year too was expected to be driven by capital investments happening in India, CMIE said. As per CMIE CapEx Service, projects worth Rs 3.4 lakh-crore are scheduled for commissioning in FY 09. This...
  • Global food supply is a growing problem

    06/08/2008 5:19:22 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 30 replies · 155+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | June 8, 2008 | James Hall
    Food riots. Scores of panicked people protesting, burning effigies and chanting. Shops being ransacked, supplies running out as soon as they come in, and stricken communities stockpiling rice, bread and water for fear of going without. These have happened in Haiti and Egypt in recent months as the price of scarce food has soared. But what if they happened on the streets of Bromley? Or Newcastle? Or Bath? As bizarre as this might seem, the prospect of UK food shortages has started to be taken seriously by food manufacturers and retailers. The global food shortage has raced to the top...
  • Africa: Food Summit Calls for More Investment in Agriculture ( United Nations (Rome))

    06/08/2008 9:53:36 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 95+ views ^ | 6 June 2008 | energy
    RomeThe Summit on soaring food prices, convened by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has concluded with the adoption by acclamation of a declaration calling on the international community to increase assistance for developing countries, in particular the least developed countries and those that are most negatively affected by high food prices."There is an urgent need to help developing countries and countries in transition expand agriculture and food production, and to increase investment in agriculture, agribusiness and rural development, from both public and private sources," according to the declaration. Donors and international financial institutions are urged to provide "balance...
  • Developmental Aid Workers Are Killing Africa

    06/05/2008 4:56:16 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies · 83+ views
    Spiegel ^ | 06/05/2008 | By Thilo Thielke
    No one has to starve in Africa. Hunger there results from the failures of unscrupulous rulers -- and their friends in the West. Paradoxically, it is the aid workers who are standing in the way of progress. If you follow the reasoning of the United Nation's World Food Program, then Kenya is a unique region when it comes to hunger catastrophes. In this east African country, a popular vacation destination with 32 million inhabitants, UN workers hand out more food on an annual basis than they do in southern Sudan, which civil wars have ravaged for decades. But is Kenya...
  • While Millions Hunger, the Bureaucrats Feast

    06/04/2008 9:37:12 AM PDT · by Bodhi1 · 5 replies · 108+ views
    All American Blogger ^ | 6/4/08 | Duane Lester
    It’s like some surreal scene directly from the pages of an Ayn Rand novel. These are the knuckleheads that created the hunger problem. People like Robert Mugabe, who took the breadbasket of Southern Africa and turned it into a disaster area. He is in attendance, and has actually blamed the West for his country’s food shortages.
  • Gordon Brown Says World 'Cannot Aford To Fail' On Food Crisis

    06/03/2008 6:47:57 PM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 94+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-3-2008 | Tom Peterkin
    Gordon Brown says world 'cannot afford to fail' on food crisis By Tom Peterkin Last Updated: 11:54PM BST 03/06/2008 Gordon Brown warned that the world "cannot afford to fail" to deal with the global food crisis, which is resulting in 9,000 under-fives starving to death each day. Speaking as heads of state prepared to meet for a United Nations summit on soaring food prices, the Prime Minister said it was vital to increase food production in the world's poorest countries. "The fact that food prices have reached record levels can only worsen these already devastating figures," Mr Brown said in...
  • Vanity: this page is such a good cause, please hear me out.

    05/28/2008 9:37:57 AM PDT · by true2theirword · 2,409 replies · 808+ views
    this site is personal to me it seems no strings attached, their sponsors take care of it all. just click and you will help many worthwhile causes, like hunger, breast cancer, literacy and pets. really, i run firefox with adblock plus and this site has given me no malware or issues/popups. it seems legit, if i can donate a can of food a day and more, i'm sure someone here can help spread the word. i appreciate it. and i'm in no way affiliated with them or paid, this isn't spam. i'm just a news junkie with this place and...
  • World Food Crisis 'Here To Stay'

    05/18/2008 7:47:57 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 110+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-19-2008 | David Blair
    World food price crisis 'here to stay' By David Blair in New York Last Updated: 1:43AM BST 19/05/2008EPA Sir John Holme said the world needed a "green revolution" High food prices are here to stay and the world needs a "green revolution" to feed its rising population, the senior humanitarian official at the United Nations has told The Telegraph. Sir John Holmes, Britain's former ambassador to Paris who now serves as the UN's under-secretary for humanitarian affairs, said structural changes in the global economy are the cause of the sudden rise in food prices. "It is possible that in the...
  • US to Send 500,000 Tons of Food to NK

    05/18/2008 2:54:19 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 19 replies · 87+ views
    The United States has reached a deal with North Korea to provide 500,000 tons of food aid over the coming year to the isolated communist nation. The U.S. administration says the aid has little to do with its nuclear disarmament deal with Pyongyang, although both have involved an unusual intensity of U.S. diplomacy with North Korea, a nation President George W. Bush once included as part of a rhetorical ``axis of evil.'' ``We don't see any connection,'' State Department spokesman Sean McCormack was quoted as saying. ``We're doing this because America is a compassionate nation and the United States and...
  • Feed The World. Let It Trade.

    05/08/2008 12:22:21 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 137+ views
    Forbes ^ | 5/6/2008 | Joshua Zumbrun,
    There are "seven meals between civilization and anarchy," says Josette Sheeran, executive director of United Nation's World Food Program. What takes those meals away, driving citizens to base needs and destabilizing countries? Growing demand, changing diets, weather disruption and, sadly enough, restricted trade. There has been little good news for food relief. A forecast today from Goldman Sachs said oil prices could rise to $150 to $200 per barrel in the next two years--dramatically driving up the price of producing and transporting food for the foreseeable future. The rising price of oil makes ethanol and other biofuels more viable, furthering...
  • Deadly Greed: The Role of Speculators in the Global Food Crisis

    04/28/2008 3:24:31 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 33 replies · 176+ views
    Der Spiegel Online ^ | 4/23/08 | Beat Balzli and Frank Hornig
    Vast amounts of money are flooding the world's commodities markets, driving up prices of staple foods like wheat and rice. Biofuels and droughts can't fully explain the recent food crisis -- hedge funds and small investors bear some responsibility for global hunger. Not long ago, Dwight Anderson welcomed reporters with open arms. He liked to entertain them with stories from the world of big money. Anderson is a New York hedge fund manager, and as recently as last October he would talk with enthusiasm about his visits to Malaysian palm-oil plantations and Brazilian grain farms. "You could clearly see how...