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  • Ebola cases in West Africa rise to 2,240, with 1,229 dead; quarantine victims to get food

    08/19/2014 12:02:49 PM PDT · by xzins · 13 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | Aug 19, 2014 | Reuters
    Cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday, reporting the toll in four countries, including Nigeria. While Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and No. 1 oil producer, appears to be containing its smaller outbreak, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus among their populations. On Friday, these small two West African nations and a medical charity chided the WHO for its slow response, saying more action was needed to save victims threatened by the disease and hunger.
  • JOHNSON: Obesity ‘epidemic’: It’s no big, fat deal

    06/15/2014 7:34:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | Drew Johnson
    A British medical journal announced a finding last month that might be the best news in the history of the world: Nearly one out of three people in the world is overweight. Members of the media responded to this thrilling discovery by lamenting the globe’s growing waistline. Pundits rushed to condemn widespread access to inexpensive food. Everyone seemed so excited to attack obesity that no one noticed the report’s incredible story of human achievement and hope. Throughout history, malnutrition and hunger-related health issues have killed more people than any other cause. Over the course of the past half-century, however, the...
  • Hunger crisis: Charities are strained as nearly 1 in 5 New Yorkers depend on aid for food

    03/16/2014 11:12:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 3/16/14 | Barry Paddock and Ginger Adams Otis
    It´s a quiet crisis. In a city of plenty, a staggering number of people are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Nearly one in five New Yorkers, 1.4 million people, now rely on a patchwork network of 1,000 food pantries and soup kitchens across the city to eat. That represents an increase of 200,000 people in five years — straining the charities that are trying to help. The two biggest, City Harvest and the Food Bank for New York City, now provide nearly 110 million pounds of food to soup kitchens and food pantries a year. Yet those working
  • Pelosi: GOP friend-of-mine told me his party is “indifferent” to “really hungry children,” you know

    03/11/2014 7:00:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 11, 2014 | Erika Johnsen
    What does that even mean? That some shall-remain-unnamed Republican colleague literally told her, presumably when asked why he supported the one percent budget cut to the federal food stamp program recently passed in the farm bill or why he did not support extending unemployment benefits or something, that his entire party’s policy platform is based off of its collective and utter indifference to the plight of families in poverty? …Why do I feel skeptical? Via RCP:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) "I asked a Republican friend why his party remains so opposed to extending the vital lifelines for struggling families and really hungry children. This...
  • Here Are The Countries That Spend The Most On Food

    02/24/2014 5:59:29 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    BI ^ | 2-24-2014 | Matthew Boesler
    Here Are The Countries That Spend The Most On Food Matthew BoeslerFeb. 24, 2014, 8:28 PM Renaissance Macro Research, Congressional Research Service This chart plots the share of household income in a given country spent on food against the level of household income in that country. Neil Dutta, head of U.S. economics at Renaissance Macro, warns that rising food prices may serve as an additional economic headwind to some of the emerging markets in the top-left region of the chart (India, China, Indonesia, and Nigeria, to name a few). "Food prices are climbing for a range of items including cattle,...
  • Mass killer threatens hunger strike, wants new PlayStation (Norway)

    02/18/2014 4:47:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/18/14
    STAVANGER, Norway — Convicted Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has threatened to go on a hunger strike unless he gets access to better video games, a sofa and a larger gym. In a letter sent to The Associated Press and other media, Breivik writes that the hunger strike would continue until his demands are met or he dies. Breivik’s lawyer Tord Jordet confirmed Tuesday that the letter was authentic and said his client was waiting for a response from prison authorities on 12 demands before deciding whether to begin a hunger strike sometime during the next eight weeks.
  • Yearly Climate Change Spending 10x More Than UN Estimate for Ending World Hunger

    02/13/2014 11:00:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/13/2014 | Taylor Smith
    The United Nations estimates it would cost $30 billion a year [1] to end world hunger. That sounds like a lot, but the world spent more than ten times that amount in 2012 on global warming mitigation, according to a recent Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) study [2]. And the U.N. says the world needs to spend even more on global warming mitigation. Much more.According to the Reuters analysis [3] of the Summary for Policymakers of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, due to be released this April, the UN is calling on the world to...
  • Catching Fire – A Great Tool For Teaching

    11/29/2013 5:51:52 AM PST · by Bill Russell · 35 replies
    www.williamrussell.net ^ | 11/29/2013 | William Russell
    This past week I took my kids to see the second movie in the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire. While it is a violent series, I cannot think of a better movie or book series to open the door to moral and political discussions with our teen and preteen kids. For those unfamiliar with the Hunger Games, it is the story of a gladiatorial competition in a futuristic totalitarian regime, which requires each of 12 isolated districts to select a teenage boy and girl by lottery to fight to the death until only one “victor” survives. The story centers on...
  • Life on $5.49 a day

    11/19/2013 12:19:47 PM PST · by wbill · 68 replies
    Greensboro News and Record ^ | Saturday, November 16, 2013 9:26 pm | Emily Enders Odom
    GREENSBORO — Cathy Coons has been passionate about fighting hunger since she was a teenager in Westchester County, N.Y. It was there that she first joined in a fast to raise money for Save the Children, the well-known charitable organization for children in need in the United States and around the world. Since moving to Greensboro in 2004, Coons has continued to take part in a variety of volunteer initiatives to alleviate hunger and poverty, primarily through Starmount Presbyterian Church, where — as a member of the mission committee — she is actively involved in such local ministries as senior...
  • America’s new hunger crisis

    10/31/2013 1:41:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    MSNBC's All In with Chris hayes ^ | October 30, 2013 | Ned Resnikoff
    In the 22 years that Swami Durga Das has managed New York’s River Fund Food Pantry, he has never seen hunger like this. Each Saturday, hundreds of hungry people descend on the pantry’s headquarters, an unassuming house on a residential block. The first people arrive around 2 am, forming a line that will wrap around the block before Das even opens his doors. “Each week there’s new people,” Das told MSNBC.com. “The numbers have just skyrocketed.” The new clients are diverse—working people, seniors, single mothers—but many of them share something in common: they represent the millions of Americans who fell...
  • Struggling U.S. Families Threatened by Food Stamp Cuts

    10/17/2013 11:53:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Inter Press Service ^ | October 17, 2013 | Ramy Srour
    WASHINGTON, Oct 17 2013 (IPS) - Near the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in downtown Washington, just a few blocks away from the federal district, dozens of homeless men and women wait for the evening shuttles that will take them to their dinners at one of many food shelters around the city. They can get by during the day with the few dimes and quarters spared by passersby, but the only daily meal they can really count on is the one they will get at the local food shelter, and so for them, hunger is a very real problem. Two...
  • (Creepy Looking Alien Face Hugger) Algae Suit Generates Food to Feed Your Constant Hunger

    08/15/2013 8:00:42 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    DVICE ^ | Monday, August 12, 2013 | Colin Druce-McFadden
    Algae suit generates food to feed your constant hunger When we think of futuristic fashion, our minds often lean toward the minimalist designs of Star Trek or Tron. But maybe what we wear in the future will have more to do with what we eat than what we want to look like. That's the premise behind the algaculture symbiosis suit designed by Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta. The symbiosis suit is designed to make food for you as you go about your daily routine. A number of tubes, placed in front of your mouth, harness the CO2 you breathe and...
  • To feed 4 billion more, skip meat, milk and eggs, study says

    08/06/2013 9:11:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    NBC News ^ | 08/06/2013 | John Roach
    Cassidy et al. / Environmental Research Letters Shifting crops grown for animal feed and biofuel to food for direct human consumption can feed an additional 4 billion people with existing cropland, a study says. The lab-grown burger taste-tested Monday in London is billed as one way to avert a looming food crisis by freeing up the agricultural resources used to feed billions of cattle each year. Another way to avert the crisis is to stop eating animal products altogether, according to a recent study.In fact, "we find that doing a complete radical shift away from grain-fed animals, and stop...
  • NY School Dumps Michelle Obama Food Plan After Kids Complain of Hunger

    07/10/2013 6:11:49 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 59 replies
    Jammie Wearing Fools ^ | 07/09/2013 | Jammie
    New York’s Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district has become the latest casualty in first lady Michelle Obama’s preferred lunch plan, dropping the menu after too many students complained of hunger. “[Food service manager Nicky] Boehm and her staff worked hard to implement the new regulations, but there were just too many problems and too many foods that students did not like and would not purchase,” said Assistant Superintendent Chris Abdoo about the National School Lunch Program in a statement reported by EAGNews.org. “Students complained of being hungry with these lunches and the district lost money.” Undaunted, the nattering nabobs from...
  • Let Them Starve: Gitmo Swindlers Strike Again

    07/10/2013 2:10:18 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 7-10-2013 | Michelle Malkin
    World Crisis Alert: Guantanamo Bay detainees don't want to eat. Muslim rapper Yasiin "Mos Def" Bey is so worked up about their appetite plight that he videotaped himself being force-fed to build support for closing Gitmo. Cry me a river. This latest round of hunger strikes isn't an international human rights tragedy. It's another manipulative act of Jihad Theater. Have you forgotten? Calculated Gitmo fabulism goes back to 2005, when Newsweek fell for false rumors that U.S. soldiers "flushed" the Koran down a toilet at the military detention facility in Cuba. Gullible media reports of "desecration" provided a handy pretext...
  • APNewsBreak: Report: 260,000 died in Somali famine

    04/29/2013 12:06:38 PM PDT · by LucyT · 15 replies
    Town Hall News ^ | | Apr 29, 2013 | AP Staff
    The 2011 Somali famine killed an estimated 260,000 people, half of them age 5 and under, according to a new report to be published this week that more than doubles previous death toll estimates, officials told The Associated Press. The aid community believes that tens of thousands of people died needlessly because the international community was slow to respond to early signs of approaching hunger in East Africa in late 2010 and early 2011. The toll was also exacerbated by extremist militants from al-Shabab who banned food aid deliveries to the areas of south-central Somalia that they controlled. Quicker action...
  • Millions of Europeans Require Red Cross Food Aid

    03/12/2013 4:47:43 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 21 replies
    European Union families and individuals are increasingly reliant on charity organizations like the Red Cross for basic needs like food, water and shelter. While Germany is relatively unaffected, unemployment and austerity in countries like Spain make the problem even more severe. Two-thirds of national Red Cross societies within the European Union distribute food aid -- a sign that the economic crisis in Europe has an alarming effect on poverty. Yves Daccord, Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said that the scope of food distribution is the highest since the end of World War II. The Spanish Red...
  • Rescuing wasted food to fight hunger

    11/20/2012 9:52:18 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 18, 2012
    There are no hard-and-fast rules for food expiration dating. Most people don't want to take chances, so once food hits the printed expiration date, they simply toss it out. But tossing it out has become a problem in itself. It's been estimated that up to 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. goes right in the trash. "I can be as picky as everybody else," says Janet Kalish, and she can afford to be. She's no vagrant - Kalish is a New York City high school teacher who got fed up with seeing supermarkets toss out good food. So...
  • Local [Los Angeles] Food Banks In Desperate Need Of Donations Ahead Of Thanksgiving

    11/19/2012 5:33:06 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 67 replies
    (CBSLA.com) ^ | November 19, 2012 4:07 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — With the economy taking a toll on many food banks across the Southland, donations are desperately needed before the Thanksgiving holiday. If you would like to help families in need, contact one of the following food banks: Los Angeles Regional Food Bank World Harvest Food Bank Project Angel Food San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission Orange County Rescue Mission
  • Trapping Feral Pigs, And Other Parables Of Modern Life

    10/25/2012 5:19:57 AM PDT · by Travis McGee · 93 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | October 25, 2012 | Matt Bracken
    Trapping Feral Pigs and Other Parables of Modern Life by Matt Bracken Professional trappers don't catch fast-breeding and destructive feral pigs using hunting dogs and guns, or in little traps one or two at a time. The wily pigs quickly learn to evade humans after such fleeting contacts. So how do the pros trap entire feral pig herds, eliminating them all, from granddads to piglets, in one go? They feed them, most generously. They kill them with kindness. First, in a clearing in the woods, the trappers build an enclosure about twenty feet on a side and four feet high,...
  • Food Scarcity: A Ticking Time Bomb

    10/22/2012 5:27:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | October 22, 2012 | Peggy Layton
    According to the United Nations, world grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year.Check the labels on the food you buy the next time youÂ’re in the supermarket; youÂ’ll see that it has traveled a long way to get to you. The sad truth is that the majority of food products we buy are not produced locally. They came from countries such as China, Taiwan, Mexico, Brazil, Peru and Italy. This has significant consequences for us because it makes us dependent on these...
  • Nation’s children push back against Michelle Obama-backed school lunch regs

    09/23/2012 7:12:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 174 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 22, 2012 | Caroline May
    Children and parents across the country are fed up with the restrictive new school meal regulations implemented by the Department of Agriculture under the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” which has long been touted by first lady Michelle Obama. The standards — which cap meal calories at 650 for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, at 700 calories for middle school students and 850 for high school students — also dictate the number of breads, proteins, vegetables and fruits children are allowed per meal. A spokeswoman for Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who earlier this month introduced legislation to...
  • Missouri Food Bank Association (give to them the money you planned to give Akin?)

    08/27/2012 11:54:56 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 42 replies
    Welcome Hunger is a reality in Missouri. One in eight Missourians receive emergency food assistance every year. The food banks of the Missouri Food Bank Association are the solution to hunger statewide. Through our network of over 2,000 agencies, we provided 68 million meals to your friends, neighbors, and children’s classmates last year. The need is increasing and your support feeds hungry Missourians.
  • Going Hungry In America: ‘Distressing,’ ‘Humbling’ And ‘Scary’ (Obama's America)

    08/22/2012 8:48:38 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies
    Yahoo News - The Lookout ^ | 8-22-2012 | Tim Skillern
    Going hungry in America: ‘Distressing,’ ‘humbling’ and ‘scary’ By Tim Skillern The Lookout Dave Krepcho, director of the Second Harvest Food Bank, checks inventory at the food bank warehouse in Orlando, Fla. In the past four years, food distribution to 500 pantries, shelters, and other relief agencies in the six-county area has jumped about 60 percent. In the last year alone, that amounted to 36 million pounds of food. Krepcho estimates about 30 percent of those seeking help are first-timers. They're blue-collar and white-collar, many middle class, even some upper middle class. They include college-educated couples and professionals. (John Raoux/AP)...
  • Why Do Anti-Hunger and Anti-Obesity Initiatives Always Fall Short?

    07/24/2012 1:51:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    ScienceDaily,com ^ | July 23, 2012 | ScienceDaily
    ScienceDaily (July 23, 2012) — With widespread hunger continuing to haunt developing nations, and obesity fast becoming a global epidemic, any number of efforts on the parts of governments, scientists, non-profit organizations and the business world have taken aim at these twin nutrition-related crises. But all of these efforts have failed to make a large dent in the problems, and now an unusual international collaboration of researchers is explaining why. Publishing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers argue that while hunger and obesity are caused by a perfect storm of multiple factors acting in concert,...
  • With Venezuelan Food Shortages, Some Blame [Chavez's] Price Controls [milk, chicken, toilet paper]

    05/02/2012 8:27:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 20, 2012 | WILLIAM NEUMAN
    a full hour and a half before the store would open, about two dozen people were already in line shortages of staples like milk, meat and toilet paper are a chronic part of life here The shortages affect both the poor and the well-off “I’m wasting my day here standing in line to buy one chicken and some rice.” Venezuela was long one of the most prosperous countries in the region, with sophisticated manufacturing, vibrant agriculture and strong businesses, making it hard for many residents to accept such widespread scarcities. many economists call it a classic case of a government...
  • Calling all Freepers I am in desperate need of dialogue script 2 counter sesame street "LILY"(Vanity

    10/05/2011 7:31:44 AM PDT · by SonsOfLibertyII · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Sesame Street has joined the Class warfare battle choosing to work for the dark side. They are introducing a new character, "Lily" to explore the issues of poverty? hunger in America. The show comes out on 10/9/2011 and I would like some help in countering the propaganda. Done right this could be hilarious. We could go in many directions however I was thinking of a Tea Party Tammy(Tammy Bruce? or Dolly Madison) or richy kid Chris the capitalist. Better than attacking Lily is to educate or demonstrate to her how Obama libs got her family dependent and want her more...
  • 'Sesame Street' unveils muppet to teach kids about hunger -- PHOTO

    10/05/2011 7:25:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | 10/04/2011 | James Hibberd
    Sesame Street has a new muppet who is hungry for more than just cookies. The iconic kids show is set to unveil a new impoverished puppet named Lily, whose family faces an ongoing struggle with hunger issues. Lily will be revealed in a one-hour Sesame Street primetime special, Growing Hope Against Hunger, which is being sponsored by Walmart. The special will star country singer Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams Paisley, as well as the Sesame Street Muppets. “Food insecurity is a growing and difficult issue for adults to discuss, much less children,” said the Paisleys in a statement....
  • Thomas Sowell: The ‘Hunger’ Hoax -- It’s part of the larger poverty hoax

    10/05/2011 6:45:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/05/2011 | Thomas Sowell
    Dan Rather opened a CBS Evening News broadcast in 1991 by declaring, “One in eight American children is going hungry tonight.” Newsweek, the Associated Press, and the Boston Globe repeated this statistic, and many others joined the media chorus, with or without that unsubstantiated statistic. When the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Agriculture examined people from a variety of income levels, however, they found no evidence of malnutrition among those in the lowest income brackets. Nor was there any significant difference in the intake of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from one income level to another. That...
  • The 'Hunger' Hoax (Thomas Sowell)

    10/03/2011 11:10:09 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 4, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    Twenty years ago, hysteria swept through the media over "hunger in America." Dan Rather opened a CBS Evening News broadcast in 1991 declaring, "one in eight American children is going hungry tonight." Newsweek, the Associated Press and the Boston Globe repeated this statistic, and many others joined the media chorus, with or without that unsubstantiated statistic. When the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Agriculture examined people from a variety of income levels, however, they found no evidence of malnutrition among those in the lowest income brackets. Nor was there any significant difference in the intake of...
  • AP: Somalia famine aid stolen; UN investigating

    08/15/2011 12:16:57 PM PDT · by traumer · 30 replies
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Thousands of sacks of food aid meant for Somalia's famine victims have been stolen and are being sold at markets in the same neighborhoods where skeletal children in filthy refugee camps can't find enough to eat, an Associated Press investigation has found. The U.N.'s World Food Program for the first time acknowledged it has been investigating food theft in Somalia for two months. The WFP said that the "scale and intensity" of the famine crisis does not allow for a suspension of assistance, saying that doing so would lead to "many unnecessary deaths." And the aid...
  • Hamas prisoners to go on hunger strike after Israel places top officials in isolation

    06/26/2011 9:03:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 6/26/11 | Avi Issacharoff & Jack Khoury
    Hamas announced Sunday that all its members currently sitting in Israeli prisons will launch a hunger strike on Monday, after Israel transferred senior Hamas officials to solitary confinement. A Hamas spokesman said Sunday that the purpose of the hunger strike was to demand the release of Yihyeh Sanwar, who is considered the most senior Hamas official in prison, and his brother Mohammad, who was among those responsible for the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. According to the Hamas spokesman, Sanwar suffers from serious health problems.
  • Believes U.S. Must Limit Consumption of Meat to Alleviate Global Hunger (Moonbats gone Wild!)

    03/07/2011 9:06:48 PM PST · by wac3rd · 75 replies
    The San Leandro Times ^ | 3-3-11 | San Leandro Times
    Editor: The popular revolutions we are witnessing in the Middle East, while inspired by a desire for personal freedom and self-determination, are certainly sustained by a pervasive hunger pan-demic, particularly among the world’s less privileged populations. Since last December, skyrocketing demand for food and dwindling supplies have driven the global Food Price Index to new records. Supplies have suffered from catastrophic floods and droughts linked to global warming and from gradual depletion of groundwater aquifers. Demand has been fueled by unchecked population growth and by diversion of massive amounts of grains into biofuel and meat production. Hunger afflicts nearly one...
  • Number of Chronically Hungry People Nears 1 Billion

    02/15/2011 12:55:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/15/2011 | John Ellis
    The World Bank projects that the number of chronically hungry people around the world will reach 1 billion by the end of this year, due to a relentless rise in food prices. “The trends towards the 1bn are worrisome,” World Bank President Robert Zoellick said. “Global food prices are rising to dangerous levels. The price hike is already pushing millions of people into poverty and putting stress on the most vulnerable, who spend more than half of their income on food.” The Financial Times reports: The number of chronically hungry people surpassed 1bn – about one in six people on...
  • Food Fight: Will the Federal Government Control Our Food?

    12/30/2010 8:29:09 AM PST · by opentalk · 35 replies · 58+ views
    Big Government ^ | December 30, 2010 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Amidst the hustle and bustle of the “lame duck” Congress, another law was passed that didn’t quite get the same media coverage as the Bush tax extension “package,” the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the new START treaty. The Food Safety Modernization Act was not steeped in the same level of popular controversy as these other pieces of legislation. Nevertheless, its passage may affect our daily lives even more than these, and in a rather stealth manner. Yes, the week before Christmas, the 111th Congress of the United States gave Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services...
  • The Hunger Code (Food Insecurity is not starvation. There is no Hunger epidemic in the USA)

    01/20/2011 6:42:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/20/2011 | Julie Gunlock
    t is getting hard to keep track. One minute the government tells us American children are suffering from record levels of obesity. The next, children are facing a hunger epidemic. Which horror story should you believe? Neither. The truth is, 94.3 percent of American households are able to put enough food on the table every day to feed their families, and the vast majority of children living in these households are healthy and well-fed. Given the food shortages facing people in other countries, Americans are the envy of the world. According to the United Nations, 98 percent of undernourished people...
  • Fresno, Zimbabwe (Walmart Charity Competition For $1M)

    12/29/2010 1:58:59 PM PST · by PERKY2004 · 22 replies · 9+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 28, 2010 | IBD Editors
    Environmentalism: Fresno, Calif., stands as the de facto capital of California's mighty Central Valley, the breadbasket of America. So why is that city preoccupied with winning a $1 million prize to stave off hunger? Local newspapers and Fresno County officials are trying to rally Facebook users to vote for Fresno in a corporate contest sponsored by Wal-Mart for $1 million in charity food donations for the hungry. Fresno, a city of 505,000, has taken the national lead because 24.1% of Fresno's families are going hungry. Civic spirit is good, but something big is wrong here. Fresno is the agricultural capital...
  • Take action to end hunger now

    11/29/2010 7:55:59 AM PST · by relictele · 32 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 24 Nov 2010 | Leonard Pitts
    An average of 17.7 percent of all Americans were at times unable to feed themselves in the 12 months prior to September of this year. That's according to an analysis of data from the Gallup-Healthways Index, conducted and newly released by the Food Resource and Action Center (FRAC), an advocacy group. You may be wondering: In what universe does a 17.7 percent hunger rate qualify as good news? In this one, actually. That figure, after all, represents a slight drop from the average 18.5 percent rate recorded at the end of 2009. But even the smaller figure is hardly reassuring,...
  • Thanksgiving is here, so is hunger: Record number of Americans worry about providing food...

    11/23/2010 12:52:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Market Watch's Diary of a Recession Baby ^ | November 23, 2010 | Ruth Mantell
    This Thanksgiving I’m grateful to be living in Washington.It’s a fascinating city, a place filled with contrasts. The earnest and the devious meet here. The powerful walk the same halls as swarms of wannabees. However, the District of Columbia is also one of the clearest examples in the nation of massive inequality. While my family has been happy here, as we approach the holidays many of our neighbors are making do with far fewer resources. At least in my family, now is the time to think about our blessings and focus on how to help our neighbors. With the upcoming...
  • One in 7 US households hit by hunger issues in 2009

    11/16/2010 4:29:25 AM PST · by STONEWALLS · 47 replies · 2+ views
    Reuters ^ | WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) | Source: Reuters
    WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) - The number of U.S. households that reported getting emergency food from a food pantry almost doubled between 2007 and 2009, at the height of the recession, a government report said on Monday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the number of households jumped to 5.6 from 3.9 million. "Households also accessed additional assistance through USDA's 15 food and nutrition assistance programs," the article in the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) "Amber Waves" said. The USDA oversees the government's food stamp program, also known as SNAP or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, for low-income families and...
  • Pope Benedict's Message To FAO For World Food Day

    10/15/2010 6:18:46 PM PDT · by Catholic Examiner · 1 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 10/15/10 | Joseph Speranzella
    "The theme of this year's World Food Day, 'United against Hunger'", writes the Pope in his English-language Message, "is a timely reminder that everyone needs to make a commitment to give the agricultural sector its proper importance. Everyone - from individuals to the organisations of civil society, States and international institutions - needs to give priority to one of the most urgent goals for the human family: freedom from hunger."
  • Obama, what Africa needs is more hunger, not less!

    10/02/2010 12:25:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The East African ^ | September 27, 2010 | Charles Onyango-Obbo, executive editor
    US President Barack Obama said many things at the just-ended UN Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York. The ones that stuck were his comments that food aid is not development. It’s “dependence,” he said, adding that America’s new approach will be to empower communities to meet their own food needs, rather than receiving handouts for their lunch and dinner. As the late founding president of Tanzania Julius Nyerere said after the North-South Cancun Summit in Mexico in 1981, it takes someone who has no worries about his next meal — like Obama — to talk sensibly about food. A...
  • The real reasons why one billion go hungry: wind farms, biofuels, sustainability…

    09/15/2010 10:22:27 AM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 8 replies
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 9/15/201 | James Delingpole
    Given the increased importance of biofuels and the new linkages between agricultural and energy markets, increased cereal yields, if achieved, may not necessarily continue to lead to lower cereal prices. Because the world energy market is so much larger than the world grain market, grain prices may be determined by oil prices in the energy market as opposed to being determined by grain supply.Thus, higher priced energy means more hungry people. Yes, it really is that simple. But not so simple, unfortunately, that people like celebrity lion-impersonator Jeremy Irons can understand it. Up above, you’ll see a video he made...
  • Venezuelan anti-Chavez farmer dies after hunger strike

    09/01/2010 11:38:45 AM PDT · by jy1297 · 13 replies
    wireupdate ^ | Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Monica Lawrence
    CARACAS, VENEZUELA (BNO NEWS) – A Venezuelan farmer died on Monday after 8 hunger strikes and six years of protest against President Hugo Chavez and his government’s land policies, Globovision Television reported on Tuesday. Franklin Brito, 49, died at the Military Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela, where he had been secluded against his will for four months. Ten days ago, Brito’s body began to collapse and on late Monday he passed away. Brito began his fight against the Chavez’ administration six years ago. During this period he endured eight hunger strikes, a mutilated finger and being victim of an irregular captivity....
  • Venezuelan dies in hunger strike in protest against Government

    08/31/2010 8:36:16 AM PDT · by Corazon · 6 replies
    Diario las Americas ^ | 08/31/2010 | Diario las Americas
    Franklin Brito, agricultural producer of 49 years of age, that maintained successive hunger strikes in protest against the Venezuelan Government, passed away at night of this Monday, according to local means of press that mention familiar sources. The newspaper the Universal one informed in its digital edition of which the wife of Franklin Brito, Elena, declared to the metropolitan newspaper that his husband died around the 21,00 local time of Monday (01,30 GMT of Tuesday).
  • 16 Million Hungry Kids, 1 New Idea for Feeding Them

    08/23/2010 10:52:30 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 40 replies
    AOL ^ | August 23, 2010 | Judy Pasternak
    WASHINGTON (Aug. 23) -- Acknowledging that the hunger faced by millions of American students during the summertime is "a catastrophe," the top nutrition official at the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to experiment with a totally new approach to feeding poor kids during the months they have no access to subsidized meals at school cafeterias. The idea: issue a seasonal electronic benefits card to families whose children are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches during the academic year. In an interview with AOL News, Undersecretary for Food and Nutrition Kevin Concannon said the department has recently asked states to...
  • Illegal immigrants end hunger strike after one gets ill (Raleigh, NC)

    07/02/2010 1:01:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    News Observer ^ | 6/29/10
    Illegal immigrants end hunger strike after one gets illFROM STAFF REPORTS Modified Tue, Jun 29, 2010 03:17 PM RALEIGH -- Citing safety reasons, three young women who are in the country illegally announced Monday that they're ending the hunger strike they started in downtown Raleigh two weeks ago. The women had started the hunger strike June 14 in an unsuccessful attempt to persuade U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat, to back a bill that would allow illegal immigrants like them who were brought to this country as children a chance to be permanent residents. They said they're ending the strike...
  • CONTAMINATION - Coming Soon to Food Near You - Produced by Nalco Corexit - Directed by Barack Obama

    06/24/2010 9:26:31 PM PDT · by unspun · 65 replies · 1+ views
    by Nancy Matthis at American DaughterThe toxic chemical dispersant Corexit 9500 was pumped into the Gulf to counter the oil spill. Now it appears to have gassified, entered the atmosphere, and rained down on inland farmers, damaging crops and killing songbirds: One month ago, on May 24, The European Union Times wrote about a report prepared by Russia's Ministry of Natural Resources for President Medvedev -- Toxic Oil Spill Rains Warned Could Destroy North America: A dire report prepared for President Medvedev by Russia's Ministry of Natural Resources is warning ... that the British Petroleum (BP) oil and gas leak...
  • UN Wants to Grab That Burger Right Out of Your Hands

    06/12/2010 9:33:41 AM PDT · by DaveyB · 59 replies · 1,070+ views
    IRN News ^ | Friday, June 11, 2010 | Dan Gainor
    The global nanny state wants to take another bite out of your freedom. Its new target – your dinner plate. The Guardian reported on June 2 that the UN was supporting a switch to a radical anti-meat agenda. “A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report said today,” wrote the paper. Here’s how the group Vegan Action describes this extreme vegetarianism. “While vegetarians choose not to use flesh foods, vegans also avoid dairy and eggs, as well as fur, leather, wool,...
  • New PRI Video Debunks Food Supply Fears: There's Lots of It

    05/03/2010 10:07:50 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies · 405+ views
    Life Site News ^ | FRONT ROYAL, Virginia, May 3, 2010
    FRONT ROYAL, Virginia, May 3, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Population Research Institute (PRI) has just released the third video in its YouTube cartoon series, designed to refute the idea of overpopulation with science — and stick figures. Contrary to claims advanced by population control advocates, the latest video reveals data indicating that world hunger is not caused by a lack of food, but by wars, lack of transportation, and economic factors. To date the series has garnered well over 200,000 views on YouTube, and has made PRI one of the more popular non-profit channels on the video channel.