Hunger & Food Security
Increased competition over land for growing biofuels, coupled with climate change and poor farming practices risks ability to feed growing population, UN warns
The Associated Press; The Washington Post 2011-11-28
Number of Americans receiving food stamps reached a record 45.8 million in August, with Texas having the most - 4.12 million; spending was a record $6.13 billion
By Alan Bjerga
In Big Fix report on food system, researcher argues for folding good ideas into conventional system if they increase supply, reduce environmental damage, improve food security
By Justin Gillis
The New York Times 2011-10-12
High food prices mean feds providing less food to soup kitchens and food pantries even as need grows; USDA program props up prices for otherwise unsubsidized produce
By Philip Brasher
The Des Moines Register 2011-10-08
In "Three Famines," Thomas Keneally probes politics of starvation, earlier thought to be "act of God," but now understood as failure to distribute food and lack of accountability
By Johann Hari
The New York Times 2011-09-16
Hunger in U.S. cost $167.5 billion in 2010; figure includes lost productivity, poor education, added healthcare costs and food donations; expanding SNAP would cost less
By Rudy Ruitenberg
With joblessness and food pantry participation breaking records, experts frustrated over a lack of public discussion on hunger, poor communications and ineffective mobilization by advocates
By James Warren
Chicago News Cooperative; The New York Times 2011-09-23
Opinion: Philanthropic retailers could take cue from Kellogg, Walmart foundations and back farmers' market organizations, food access/food justice nonprofits
By Michel Nischan
The Atlantic 2011-09-27
Major river systems in developing world have enough water for food production, but problems are inefficient use, unfair distribution, says report
By Rudy Ruitenberg
Blooomberg Businessweek 2011-09-28
70 percent of households that relied on food stamps last year had no earned income, though many received other government benefits; 47 percent were children
By Sara Murray
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-09-26
Number of Americans living below poverty line rose to record 46 million in 2010; those with no health insurance hovered at 49.9 million
By David Morgan
As Texas faces worst single-year drought ever and drinking wells fail, natural gas industry has unlimited water use; fracking taints water, removing it from hydrologic cycle
By Josh Harkinson
Mother Jones 2011-09-01
Without investment, water supply crises will become increasingly common, UN says; recycling, new dams, desalination plants, water policy reforms needed
The Associated Press; The New York Times 2011-08-26
States' burden of obesity-related medical costs ranges from $203 million for Nevada to $15 billion per year in California, illustrating burden on health care system, analysts say
By Rachael Rettner
Water limits are close to being reached or being breached in areas of northern China, India's Punjab and western U.S., says report that urges farming overhaul
Reuters; BusinessWorld (Manila, Philippines) 2011-08-24
As low supply, high demand from China push corn prices up, Tyson Foods and Pilgrim's Pride, which together process 3.7 billion chickens yearly, add wheat to chicken feed
By Carolyn Cui
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-08-09
Affordable "MyPlate" would be filled with lentils, cabbage, eggs and carrots, followed by oranges, apples, bananas, says researcher studying poverty-diet link
By Eliza Barclay
National Public Radio 2011-08-04
Opinion: Rather than subsidizing unhealthful foods with tax dollars, we should tax them, then use income to make good food affordable, ubiquitous
By Mark Bittman
The New York Times 2011-07-24
Opinion: As social unrest continues, initial troubles can be traced, in part, to price of bread, signalling informal resource conflicts
By Christian Parenti
CBS News 2011-07-20
Along Texas border, 45,000 live with no running water and have poor diet intrinsically linked to poverty, contributing to dental problems, diabetes, other chronic conditions
By Emily Ramshaw
The New York Times 2011-07-09
Growth in food stamp program continues, with 27 states providing SNAP benefits to at least 1 in 7 people; in MS, NM, OR, rate is 1 in 5
By Phil Izzo
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-07-01
Opinion: Global security challenges - food, water, energy - are inextricably linked, so need for systemic thinking and action is inescapable
By John Elkington
The Guardian (UK) 2011-06-29
Increasing demand for biofuels made from grains, sugar, vegetable oil, cassava means that tightness in one crop market translates to tightness in others, driving food prices up
By Tim Searchinger
Scientific American 2011-06-16
Successive years of record global corn harvests aren't meeting demand for food, fuel, livestock feed, reducing stockpiles to lowest in two generations
By Whitney McFerron and Jeff Wilson
Opinion: As Chicago school coffers drain, free Rice Krispies Cereal Bars, Crunchmania French Toast Flavored Graham Snacks, Danimals Crush Cups tempt home-fed students
By Monica Eng
Chicago Tribune 2011-06-16
Communities across U.S. start seed libraries, offering low-cost or free, open-pollinated, pesticide-free seeds which are grown, then returned to library at end of season
By Mary MacVean
Los Angeles Times 2011-06-18
Obama administration's new health strategy emphasizes prevention, asks country to think of health care as including cleaner water, easier access to good food
By Juliana Schatz and Don Sapatkin
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2011-06-17
Stung by criticism after goose kill left tons of meat in landfills, NY to have 2011 geese sent to PA food banks; goose said to be tastier than most species of duck
By Andy Newman
The New York Times 2011-06-15
Severe water shortage along Yangtze River dries lakes, brings farming to standstill, leaves some thirsty - and refocuses attention on mistakes around dam construction
By William Wan
The Washington Post 2011-06-04
One-third of globe's food for humans wasted or lost during production; UN recommends improving efficiency of food supply chain, less emphasis on appearance, selling locally
By Tony C. Dreibus
To reach those in need of food aid, UN turns to cell phones; more than 379 million in Africa, world's poorest continent, were cell-phone users as of 2009
By Joshua E. Keating
Foreign Policy 2011-05-01
Scraped from catastrophe, indigence, shared with magnanimity at weddings and funerals, food in Middle East is elemental expression of humanity, peace-making, acceptance
BY Anna Badkhen
Foreign Policy 2011-05-01
Opinion: Middle Eastern dictators use food to maintain power, from Saddam Hussein's use of UN oil-for-food program to food subsidies that helped prop up Hosni Mubarak
By Annia Ciezadlo
Foreign Policy 2011-05-01
Egypt plans to become self-sufficient in wheat, the basic food for 86 million, after becoming largest wheat importer in world under Mubarak
By Emad Mekay
The New York Times 2011-05-11
Story of hunger, poverty, far more complex than any statistic or theory; it is world where those without enough to eat may save to buy TV and it defies one-size-fits-all answers
By Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo
Foreign Policy 2011-05-01
Citing chronic malnutrition, harsh winter and poor vegetable crop in North Korea, UN launches emergency operation to help feed 3.5 million
The Associated Press; The Washington Post 2011-04-29
Texas lawmakers target junk food, sugary soda, food stamps limits to cut obesity; diet-related disease costs state businesses $9.5 billion a year in lost worker productivity
By Chuck Lindell
The Statesman (Austin, TX) 2011-04-19
Opinion: Budget is a moral document: We can cut military spending, eliminate corporate subsidies and tax loopholes for the rich, or we can starve the poor. Which side are you on?
By Mark Bittman
The New York Times 2011-03-29
As food, oil prices rise and ethanol plants return to use, debate intensifies on whether corn ethanol is good for planet, taxpayers, global food supply - even car engines
By P.J. Huffstutter
Los Angeles Times 2011-03-02
Governments will increase role in global food markets, may boost stockpiles and subsidies, impose trade curbs to head off Middle East-style protests, commodity traders say
By Thomas Kutty Abraham
Food security fears, rising prices for corn, budget cuts by Congress among obstacles to growth of U.S. ethanol; nation leads world in production with 204 bio-refineries in 29 states
By Carey Gillam
N. Korea's request for food puts U.S., others in position of either ignoring pleas of starving country or pumping food into system that often gives food to military, not starving children
By Chico Harlan
The Washington Post 2011-02-22
Opinion: Food price crisis focuses politicians on quick fixes at expense of building long-range agricultural productivity, shift of jobs from farms to factories, skilled city-based service sector
By C. Peter Timmer
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-02-22
Opinion: Demand for biofuels is almost doubling challenge of producing more food, but economic studies imply that food prices should come down if we can limit biofuel growth
By Tim Searchinger
The Washington Post 2011-02-11
Opinion: For food security, we must raise water productivity; cut emissions; shift to solar, wind, geothermal; urge smaller families, make all-out effort to eradicate poverty
By Lester R. Brown
The Christian Science Monitor 2011-02-08
As use of ethanol expands, nation's supply of corn at lowest in 15 years; escalating price of food has led to widespread protests in several nations
By Sam Nelson
43.6 million in U.S. used food stamps in November as high unemployment, muted wage growth crimped budgets; click for state-by-state numbers
By Sara Murray
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-02-02
Opinion: Key factor in soaring food prices is severe weather, expected as rising concentrations of greenhouse gases change our climate; this surge may be just the start
By Paul Krugman
The New York Times 2011-02-06
Books: In "Hot," author Mark Hertsgaard presents strong case that there is still time to keep planet livable despite climate change; technology exists, but we must act now
By Wen Stephenson
The New York Times 2011-02-04
Connecticut governor sees hope in agriculture, local products; upping such sales 4 percent would generate another $600 million a year for state farmers
By Ken Dixon
Connecticut Post 2011-01-16
Food security portal identifies hot spots of need, civil unrest based on news, policy analysis, commodity prices, country profiles
International Food Policy Research Institute 2011-01-11
As food, fuel prices surge, risks of global instability rise as governments that face budget problems cut subsidies for poor; such woes can "topple regimes," says expert
By Serena Saitto and Caroline Connan
Substantial technological advances, along with shifts in appetites in prosperous societies, will be needed to fit human appetites on a finite, thriving planet, experts say
By Andrew C. Revkin
The New York Times 2011-01-10
Rising food prices pit traditional doomsayer/hopeful combatants against each other aspopulations, appetites for meat grow and climate changes
By Andrew C. Revkin
The New York Times 2011-01-10
Global ag employs more than 1 billion, accounts for $1 trillion of economy but also takes 70 percent of water withdrawals; small farmers key to maintaining food supplies, report says
Agence France Presse; Herald Sun (AU) 2011-01-13
Opinion: As parents, educators, nutritionists and marketers, we have to imbue our children with love of fruits, vegetables - the most beneficial food for growing bodies
By George Ball
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-01-03
Opinion: Because humans are social animals, poorest in highly unequal societies suffer more from range of pathologies as stigma corrodes social trust, community life
By Nicholas D. Kristof
The New York Times 2011-01-02
Michigan agrees to stagger delivery of food stamp benefits throughout month after relentless campaign by grocers and federal thwarting of twice-monthly delivery plan in 2008
By Catherine Jun
The Detroit News 2010-12-30
Cold snaps in Florida idle farm workers, who wait for protective ice coatings to melt away from strawberries so they can pick crops - and be paid
By Kim Wilmath
St. Petersburg Times 2010-12-30
One of seven Americans now on food stamps - about 43 million; highest spikes were Idaho, at 39 percent over last year; Nevada, at 29 percent; and New Jersey, at 27 percent
By Aaron Smith
CNN Money 2010-12-21
At school near Philadelphia, pupils don't recognize fresh food - possibly because there are only two stores that sell fresh foods and supermarkets are absent in town of 30,000
By Alfred Lubrano
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2010-12-23
In Colorado town where food stamps applications have grown 88 percent over two years, voters OK hike in property taxes to hire caseworkers, support food, shelter efforts
By Laura Snider
Daily Camera (Boulder, CO) 2010-12-07
Opinion: Now, one in five children live in households where food is source of daily anxiety; we hope Congress remembers that costs of failing to protect children will be enormous
By David Rubin and Kathleen Noonan
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2010-12-12
Discontent grows over inflation across China despite government's measures that include increasing supply, lowering logistics costs of produce, subsidies for poor, clamping down on profiteering
By Jessie Jiang
Time magazine 2010-12-22
Oceans' acidification could profoundly disrupt nitrogen cycles, altering basic structure of Earth's food webs, according to experimental simulation; mollusks, crustaceans also at risk
By Brandon Keim
Opinion: UK's cheap global supermarket food chain will fail when oil stops flowing; country should teach people how to grow food, feed themselves, distribute and barter food, too
By Arthur Potts Dawson
Opinion: Despite money woes, anti-obesity programs for children aren't place to cut; obesity now costs Texas businesses $3.3 billion annually and will rise to $15.8 billion by 2025
San Antonio Express (TX) 2010-12-14
Opinion: 22,000 a day signing up for SNAP in U.S.; this level of food stamp use could prove unsustainable in current economy, since some funding was taken for Child Nutrition Reauthorization
By Marion Nestle
The Atlantic 2010-12-15
Population growth in Near East, including Iraq, Afghanistan, outpaces gains in agricultural production, making water-scarce region vulnerable to food-supply problems, UN says
By Rudy Ruitenberg
New York state inmate and college senior uses garden to supplement his thesis titled "The Diet of Punishment: Prison Food and Penal Practice in the Post-Rehabilitative Era"
By Emily Friedman
ABC News 2010-05-18
Diverting funds from food stamp program to child nutrition bill and to states looking to avoid teacher layoffs largely negates increase provided by 2009 economic stimulus plan
Legume-planting experiment alongside fields of subsidized corn in Malawi pays off for courageous farmers in more fertile soil, better nutrition for residents
By Dan Charles
National Public Radio/Morning Edition 2010-12-01
China's government pushes farmers to plant, produce many more vegetables in the coming months to tackle a key component of recent surge in food prices
By Chuin-Wei Yap
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-11-25
Food continues to function as definitive marker of social status; as distance between rich and poor continues to grow, freshest, most nutritious foods have become luxuries
By Lisa Miller
5 myths about hunger in U.S.: No one goes hungry in America, ending malnourishment is merely a humanitarian concern, children are only ones who go hungry, the food that America wastes could feed everybody, hunger is about food
By Robert Egger
The Washington Post 2010-11-21
Analysis: Elections show families' struggles for food, shelter and growing impatience for action; showing benefits of local, regional food systems critical to securing policy advances
Community Food Security Coalition 2010-11-10
Opinion: To wield power responsibly, conservatives must recall that post-Depression social welfare programs provided civic stability so people could buy food, pay rent, sustain economy
By David Frum
The New York Times 2010-11-14
Lame duck Congress may take up Child Nutrition Act sponsored by outgoing Senator Blanche Lincoln; at issue is $2.2 billion in funding for bill from food stamps cuts
By Alyson Klein
Education Week 2010-11-01
David Beckmann, World Food Prize recipient and missionary economist, sets goal of linking Christian faith and moral teaching to economics, especially poverty
By Christine A. Scheller
The Huffington Post 2010-11-02
House leaders taking less generous Senate version of child nutrition bill to floor; anti-hunger groups oppose paying for measure by ending temporary boost in food stamps
CQ Politics 2010-09-23
Opinion: Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act is opportunity to use school lunch to address both hunger, obesity problems; we can find funding when it's a priority - and now is the time
By José Andrés
The Atlantic 2010-09-09
In humanitarian aid world, peanut product offers rare and fantastic efficacy for starving children, but who should profit from it and spinoffs for $6 billion malnutrition prevention market?
By Andrew Rice
The New York Times 2010-09-02
Floods in central Africa after successive years of drought and failed harvests push more than 10 million toward brink of famine, relief organizations say
By John Collins Rudolf
The New York Times 2010-09-07
With 2010 on track to be deadliest year yet for illegal immigrants dying from thirst in Arizona desert, Samaritans leaving jugs of water and retrieving empties face arrests for littering
By Adam Cohen
Time magazine 2010-09-08
Number of Americans receiving food stamps rose to record 41.3 million in June as jobless rate hovered near 27-year high
By Alan Bjerga
Spike in food prices triggers deadly riots in Mozambique, threatens Egypt's ruling regime's ability to provide masses with cheap bread; spurs demonstration threat in Serbia
The Associated Press; Fox News 2010-09-02
Opinion: Brazil's agriculture system, underpinned by research, capital-intensive large farms, openness to trade, new techniques is worthy of study in face of slow-motion food crisis
The Economist 2010-08-26
Russians respond to slashed harvest forecasts by stocking up on staples; president says there are no grounds for rising food prices, orders agencies to monitor for gouging
By Lyubov Pronina and Ilya Arkhipov
In "Empires of Food," authors trace old civilizations that failed because they didn't account for soil erosion, overpopulation, weather changes, relying on technology, trade instead
By Riddhi Shah
Opinion: If Congress lacks guts to meet vital needs with deficit financing, it should have decency to chisel some less-humane program than food stamps
The New York Times 2010-08-06
Drought in Russia, extra rain in Canada, locusts in Australia fuel worries of global wheat shortage; prices now match those of 2008, when low supplies fueled food crisis, riots
By Liam Pleven and Tom Polansek
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-08-03
Opinion: As Senate cuts SNAP (with every $1 spent creating $1.70 of economic activity) by $6.7 billion to get less Medicaid, teacher funding than needed, pols push tax cuts for rich
By Ezra Klein
The Washington Post 2010-07-30
Health experts say soda and low-nutrient, high-calorie junk foods have no place in taxpayer-funded food stamp market basket
By Meg Haskell
Bangor Daily News 2010-07-27
Opinion: Food security comes through revitalized food economy, but Wal-Mart, with its low wages and food desert strategy, is more about free public money
By Eric Holt Gimenez
The Huffington Post 2010-07-14
Hugo Chávez declares war on private sector as food shortages, inflation grow in Venezuela and after discovery of rotting food imported last year and never distributed
The Economist 2010-06-10
Opinion: Food is elite preoccupation in West, but majority of truly undernourished people - 62 percent, in either Africa or South Asia - live the organic, local way and it doesn't work
By Robert Paarlberg
Foreign Policy 2010-05-01
Despite challenges of poor funding and inadequate equipment, D.C.'s top chefs adopt schools to improve food served to children
By Jane Black
The Washington Post 2010-06-04
DC council launching "gold standard" wellness regimen that limits sodium, fat, refined items in school meals, increases P.E. time; soda tax mulled
By Tim Craig
The Washington Post 2010-05-02
Opinion: With child obesity growing three times faster than adult obesity, problem is nothing short of child abuse and it needs broad-based interventions
By Susan Dentzer
Health Affairs 2010-03-04
Within five years, 800 million could be without access to clean drinking water; those without basic sanitation could hit 1.8 billion, World Bank group says
By Howard Schneider
The Washington Post 2010-03-23
New Jersey-financed school breakfasts among measures proposed in budget that relies almost exclusively on spending cuts
By David M. Halbfinger
The New York Times 2010-03-17
Citing potential of GM crops as "weapon of hunger," doubts on their efficacy and questions of long-term effects, Catholic official urges caution, further study
Catholic News Service 2010-03-09
For young, educated and poor, food stamps help fund purchases of fresh produce, raw honey, rabbit, wild-caught fish, organic asparagus, triple-crème cheese
By Jennifer Bleyer
Costs of modern agriculture far greater, more insidious than price, logistics of eating vegetables from local farmers
By Felix Salmon
Foreign Policy 2010-02-26
Opinion: Stealing food to survive after a disaster is accepted by most, but where is the line drawn after that?
By Donald G. McNeil Jr.
The New York Times 2010-03-05
New definition of poverty notes that food is smaller share of poor families' costs and includes food subsidies
By Amy Goldstein
The Washington Post 2010-03-03
In "Nothing to Envy," a story of ordinary North Koreans - vagabond children stealing fruit and hunting frogs, family patriarchs wasting away as food ran out
By John Delury
21-part package in Science probes obstacles to achieving global food security, causes and effects of hunger, and promising solutions
Science Magazine 2010-02-12
Earthquakes, other disasters captivate us while hunger, other public health problems fester in background
By Alfred Sommer
The Washington Post 2010-02-02
By Karl Maier
Food Research and Action Center 2010-02-01
By Debra Eschmeyer
The Huffington Post 2010-01-27
More federal action urged on growing hunger in U.S.; activist hopes public nutrition programs exempted from domestic spending freeze
By Charles Abbott
San Jose Mercury News 2010-01-25
By Damien Cave
The New York Times 2010-01-26
Higher food prices, recession, fresh school lunches add $1 billion to child nutrition costs, groups say
By Charles Abbott
By John Vidal
The Guardian (UK) 2010-01-22
The Economist 2010-01-15
By Tina Susman and Joe Mozingo and Julian E. Barnes
Los Angeles Times 2010-01-16
By Jason DeParle and Robert M. Gebeloff
The New York Times 2010-01-03
By Michael O’Donnell
Washington Monthly 2010-01-07
Top 10 issues in 2010: Hunger, childhood obesity, food safety rules, food ads and labels, meat, sustainable agriculture, GM, chemicals, salt and Dietary Guidelines
By Marion Nestle
San Francisco Chronicle 2010-01-03
By Barbara Barrett
McClatchy-Tribune News Service; Chicago Tribune 2010-01-06
UK's new food strategy integrates policy across all agencies for first time since WWII - with a few omissions
By Felicity Lawrence
The Guardian (UK) 2010-01-05
High-tech crops could prevent catastrophe, says UK scientist, but critics instead link hunger to power, control of food system
By John Vidal and Felicity Lawrence
The Guardian (UK) 2010-01-06
Opinion: Agricultural resilience crucial since food security, national security, climate change are all linked
By Neil D. Hamilton
The Des Moines Register 2009-12-27
By Mike Hughlett
Chicago Tribune 2009-12-24
By Michael Luo and Megan Thee-Brenan
The New York Times 2009-12-15
By Raja Murthy
Asia Times 2009-12-08
By Amy Goldstein
The Washington Post 2009-12-12
Food stamps now help feed one in eight Americans and one in four children and average around $130 a month for each person in household. Path was cleared in better times when Bush administration led campaign to erase program's stigma, made it easier to apply (click 'See also' for information). Program now expanding at about 20,000 people a day. Food stamps reach about two-thirds of those eligible; benefits brought Ohio about $2.2 billion last year. It feeds half the people in stretches of white Appalachia, in Yupik-speaking region of Alaska and on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Across 10 core counties of Mississippi Delta, 45 percent of black residents receive aid.
By Jason DeParle and Robert Gebeloff
The New York Times 2009-11-28
Feds, in examination of non-agricultural factors that hinder successful production and sale of food in poor countries, learn that supply of inputs often is monopolized, and that lack of commercial law inhibits loan-making and contracts, so funds flow into government bonds rather than farming. Report on Senegal says that farmers, food traders face 'undue police interference and on-the-road shakedowns' that deter internal transport of food. Such curable woes help explain why a country where 75 percent of people work in the food business must import 70 percent of its food.
The Economist 2009-11-19
In 2008, nearly 17 million children - more than one in five - were living in U.S. households in which food at times ran short, report shows. Number of children who sometimes were outright hungry rose from nearly 700,000 to almost 1.1 million. Among people of of all ages, nearly 15 percent last year did not consistently have adequate food; shortages worst among single mothers raising children alone. Feds' anti-hunger efforts include using $85 million to experiment with ways to get food to more children in summers, and next push is renewal of main law covering food, nutrition for children (click 'See also' to see Food Research and Action Center list of child nutrition bills).
By Amy Goldstein
The Washington Post 2009-11-16
Nearly half - 49.2 percent - of all American children get food stamps at some point; in African-American families, number is a stunning 90 percent. 'Safety net' that should have been ready to catch hungry children is weak, under stress from decades of cuts. In recession, some Americans who complained about paying taxes to help poor will find themselves needing food stamps. What will convince us to rebuild safety net? When ideologues tag as 'fiscal child abuse' the stimulus package or health-care reform, we have to ask: What do you call the fact that kids are going hungry today?
Philadelphia Daily News 2009-11-06
Nation's jobless rate rises to 10.2 percent in October, highest since April 1983. Feds' broader measure of unemployment rose to 17.5 percent. That gauge of labor under-use, known as 'U-6' for its Labor Department classification, accounts for people who have stopped looking for work or who can't find full-time jobs. And: To be eligible for food stamps, household income must be below 130 percent of official poverty line - annual take-home pay of $22,000 for a family of four - with assets under $2,000 (click 'See also').
By Sudeep Reddy and Phil Izzo
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-11-06
Food crisis, with 1 billion hungry people worldwide, is 'inherently destabilizing,' says director of World Food Program. Combating hunger is major foreign policy goal, Hillary Clinton tells diplomats who earlier pledged $20 billion in aid. 'Food security is about economic, environmental and national security for our individual homelands and the world,' she says, pitching G-8 investment program that would help farmers obtain seeds and fertilizer, promote regional trade agreements.
By Bill Varner
Despite Norman Borlaug's accomplishments in plant breeding that created bumper crops in once poor countries, hunger prevails because of American farm politics, African corruption, war, poverty, climate change, drought. Years of grain surpluses fostered complacency. Farm programs, subsidies in U.S., plus nation's habit of shipping grain to poor undermines markets elsewhere. 'World peace will not be built on empty stomachs or human misery,' said Borlaug, Nobel winner. 'It is within America's technical and financial power to help end this human tragedy and injustice, if we set our hearts and minds to the task.'
By Andrew Martin
The New York TImes 2009-09-20
If H1N1/swine flu closes North Carolina city school system, workers will deliver lunches and snacks to children eligible for free and reduced-price lunches - nearly half of Asheville students. Child nutrition director hopes that planning for flu crisis will smooth way to summer meal delivery. And: Nationally, at least 18.5 million low-income students expected for school lunches, 8.5 million-plus expected for breakfast (click 'See also').
By Ashley Wilson
Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC) 2009-09-04
Good nutrition is matter of social justice, says Ann Cooper, chef working to replace processed items with fresh fare on school meal trays. Parents should eat school meals to see what's served; cafeteria staff hired to heat-and-serve also must be trained to cook, and kitchens need cooking equipment. And: As Congress focuses on economic recovery, health care reform, food safety, climate change, reauthorization of Child Nutrition Act, which funds school meals, faces likely delay (click 'See also').
By Jennifer LaRue Huget
The Washington Post 2009-09-04
More than 35 million Americans received food stamps in June, up 22 percent from June 2008. Food stamp program, with average benefit of $133.12 per person, aids one in nine Americans and has grown with nation's unemployment rate. And: Labor Department says unemployment reached 9.7 percent in August, but other indicators show 16.8 percent (click 'See also').
By Roberta Rampton and Chuck Abbott
Food packages for WIC (Women, Infants and Children), revised for first time since early '90s, now aligned with 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (click 'See also'). New packages will contain checks for fruits, vegetables; participants will be encouraged to use whole grains, brown rice. Allotments will provide less saturated fat and cholesterol, more fiber.
By Nancy Hicks
Lincoln Journal Star (NE) 2009-08-23
Speed at which humans have improved technology has obscured our hard-wired abilities to make natural connections - that plants clean the air and water, that termites initiated mounds in which palm trees now grow in Botswana, to sense meanings in the sand, breeze and thickness of air. To solve array of integrated problems - climate change, energy, water scarcity, biodiversity loss, poverty reduction, feeding a hungry, growing population - we must deal with them in integrated way, the way they occur on the ground, says Glenn Prickett, conservation expert.
By Thomas L. Friedman
The New York Times 2009-08-23
How do we feed burgeoning population in face of climate change? Classical economists failed to forecast transformation from industrial revolution. Cheap fossil fuels unleashed greatest increase in food, personal wealth, and people ever, enabling population to increase sevenfold since days of T.R. Malthus, who noted that population increases geometrically, while agricultural production increases more slowly. Reprise of Norman Borlaug's green revolution - with synthetic fertilizers, biotech seeds, pesticides, irrigation, monoculture, is backed by big foundations, but its flaws are reliance on fossil fuels, legacy of tainted soil, depleted aquifers. Agroecology means halting sole focus on maximizing grain yields at any cost and considering environmental, social impacts of food production. Research on small-scale diverse farming methods shows ability to sequester carbon, hold moisture--two key advantages for farmers facing climate change.
By Joel K. Bourne Jr.
National Geographic Magazine 2009-06-01
School food reform efforts, pushed by diet-related disease epidemic and nurtured by Obama administration, take root. USDA focusing on improving student health through better food, expected to upgrade nutrition standards this year. Agency also is studying farm-to-school, urban school food programs. NY senator's bill would ban trans fats, allow USDA to set tougher standards for a la carte items sold alongside subsidized school lunches. And: School lunch program, part of Child Nutrition Act that Congress takes up this fall, is focused path to food policy reform (click 'See also').
By Kim Severson
The New York Times 2009-08-19
At least 18.5 million low-income students expected for school lunches and 8.5 million-plus expected for breakfast. If rising family homelessness, steady growth in food stamp program are indications, however, enrollment in school meals could swell well beyond expectations. And: New York senator proposes expansion of free school meals to all children living under 185 percent of federal poverty line in certain high-cost areas, or $40,792 for a family of four (click 'See also').
By Tony Pugh
Sacramento Bee 2009-08-15
Huge woks full of vitamin-fortified spicy eggplant, ground pork and vegetables pay off at Beijing school for children of migrant workers. Children show longer attention spans, higher marks on standardized test, helping transform what once was nutritional experiment into part of school's mission to educate previously ignored population. And: Analysis had shown that the middle-schoolers in Daxing were deficient in vitamins A and B, and also had iron-deficiency anemia (click 'See also').
By Anthony Kuhn
National Public Radio/Weekend Edition 2009-05-31
Rigorously researched, uplifting book on food waste offers list of difficult but possible improvements from farmers through food producers, supermarkets and restaurants to consumers and governments. Solutions could aid those facing famine, help Britain meet international targets on climate change. And: Changing ways food is produced, handled and disposed of can feed world's rising population, help environment, says UN study (click 'See also').
By Linda Christmas
The Telegraph (Great Britain) 2009-07-16
Friends, family form safety net for growing number of newly poor - until poverty depletes entire social networks. One couple moved in with the wife's mother while awaiting Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (still called welfare) and after their 7-year-old's response of school assignment - what she would wish of genie - was deemed too disturbing to be displayed: Her wish was for her mother to find a job because there was nothing to eat in the house.
By Barbara Ehrenreich
The New York TImes 2009-07-11
Increase in food stamp benefits ($80 a month for family of four) creates chain reaction. For every $5 of food-stamp spending, there is $9.20 of total economic activity, as grocers and farmers pay employees and suppliers, who in turn shop and pay their bills. With food-stamp boost, economic stimulus is almost immediate, with 80 percent of the benefits being redeemed within two weeks of receipt and 97 percent within a month, the USDA says. Nationwide, enrollment in program is up more than five million from March 2008.
By Roger Thurow and Timothy W. Martin
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-07-07
Warren Buffett's middle son, Howard, fights global war against hunger after realizing that environment can't be saved if people aren't fed (click 'See also'). Among his foundation's Africa projects in progress: Obtaining for corn breeders royalty-free access to Monsanto's biotechnology for drought-tolerant seed, developing disease-resistant sweet potato, helping farmers sell crops to UN hunger-relief programs. Number of chronically hungry people expected to climb this year to 1.02 billion, up 11.5 percent from 2008.
By Scott Kilman and Roger Thurow
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-06-28
Number of Americans considered obese jumps 1.7 percent - almost 5.5 million people - in last year. Between 2003 and 2006, CDC measured no real growth in American obesity levels. The obese were less likely to have access to food, shelter and health care. Researchers speculate that increased stress of recession, combined with cost of healthy fresh foods (as compared to processed food), to blame.
By Kate Dailey
Newsweek/The Human Condition 2009-06-01
One in six - or one-sixth of the global population, now suffer from hunger and do not have access to enough food; 1 billion undernourished around the world, UN head says. Number has jumped by more than 100 million in last year. He calls for new world food order, urges more spending on agriculture.
By Stephanie Kennedy
Sustainable agriculture key to ending chronic hunger, Hillary Clinton tells World Food Prize audience. Obama administration will lead effort and seek to increase agricultural productivity; improve infrastructure of developing countries; maintain natural resources; help developing communities adapt to climate change; support R&D and education of plant scientists; seek to increase trade for small-scale farmers; support policy reform, good governance and the 70 percent of farmers who are women - and the children.
By Hillary Clinton
The Huffington Post 2009-06-11
In stations between poverty, destitution, rural poor turn increasingly to 'food auctions,' which offer items that may be past sell-by dates. Others supplement diet with urban hunting, shooting squirrels and rabbits and eating them stewed, baked and grilled; in Detroit, retired truck driver has brisk business in raccoon carcasses, which he recommends marinating with vinegar and spices.
By Barbara Ehrenreich
The New York Times 2009-06-14
One in nine Americans using food stamps, USDA says. In 20 states, rate rises to one in eight; average monthly benefit: $113.87 per person. Congress allocated $54 billion for food stamps this fiscal year, up from $39 billion last year. In new fiscal year beginning October 1, costs are estimated at $60 billion. And: Unemployment reaches 9.4 percent, highest level in 26 years (click 'See also').
By Charles Abbott
Instead of shutting down Philadelphia's Universal Feeding program for impoverished schools, Pennsylvania senator urges Obama to extend it to all cities, also vows to include the application-free lunch program in child-nutrition bill reauthorization. If that doesn't work, veteran lawmaker vows to use his power on senate agriculture panel to expand program.
By Alfred Lubrano
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2009-05-28
Needy families flock to farmers' market for program that doubles value of food stamps and fruit and vegetable coupons for low-income mothers, seniors. Goal, says organizer, is to show feds that matching works: 'A single dollar of stimulus impacts nutrition, helps farmers, stimulates the economy and provides a direct investment in reducing health-care costs.' Food stamps create $1.73 worth of economic activity for every dollar spent, study shows.
By Jane Black
The Washington Post 2009-05-27
Tony Geraci runs Baltimore schools food service and campaigns for it, renovating old farm as incubator for gardens he wants at each of 200-plus schools, planning for student-run cafes with goal of involving students in food at every step. Students deserve to eat delicious, healthful meals; those meals help students learn, says chef and former chicken nuggets broker turned radical. About 74 percent of 83,000 students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. And: 'We've lost an entire generation of children to obesity and poor nutrition, and we're about to lose another one if we don't reach our hands into the fire and pull them back out and start doing the right thing,' he says (click 'See also').
By Jane Black
The Washington Post 2009-05-06
For healthier America, help families follow healthy diets and feed children only nutritious foods in schools, says Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report. Other goals: Fully fund federal supplemental nutrition programs, and design them to meet needs with nutritious foods; create public-private partnerships to open grocery stores in urban, rural 'food deserts;' ensure early childhood education for all; give children K-12 half-hour recess.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2009-04-02
Tighter credit markets could push prices for corn, rice, other grains up by making it harder for farmers to expand production, warns UN food chief. And: $30 billion needed to help developing countries combat hunger by boosting farm production, says Jacques Diouf (click 'See also').
By Patrick Barta
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-03-30
Some middle-class California families struck by layoffs, unforgiving economy find their unemployment checks plus property disqualify them for food stamps, other benefits. Los Angeles County reports increases in denials for emergency benefits.
By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles Times 2009-03-26
It's not enough for Michelle Obama to laud the fresh vegetable, and plant a backyard garden. She must use her considerable influence to help bring fresh food to poor, urban neighborhoods, those "food deserts" where there's nary an unfried potato to be found. And: Cities take on their own grocery gaps (click 'See also').
The New York Times 2009-03-21
Despite chronic famine, North Korea has refused U.S. food aid. Uncomfortable with foreign aid workers inside borders, leadership may view rejection as sign of strength. Estimated 40 percent of population urgently needs food assistance; country lacks means to boost production. And: Average eight-year-old North Korean is 20 pounds lighter than Southern peer (click 'See also').
By Jack Kim
Seeking solution to problems of climate change, fossil fuels depletion, food safety lapses, economic crisis, health and national security, writers issue call to arms in 'A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil.' In their vision (click 'See also'), grassroots-led agricultural revolution would result in produce 100 million people becoming farmers and millions more becoming home cooks.
By Morgan Josey Glover
News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.) 2009-03-09
Jews farm because Judaism is an agrarian religion, but thousands of years have taught Jewish farmers that solution to hard times was passport. World climate, energy crisis can't be escaped by moving, and one in nine people in U.S. need food stamps. Best way to reduce hunger is more farmers, victory gardens everywhere, heightened awareness of importance of food. And: Farming, cooking aren't such radical ideas, says columnist (click 'See also').
By Sharon Astyk
The Dallas Morning News 2009-02-06
Era of cheap and easy access to water is ending, and shortage will be more dire than oil, because it's essential to human survival, investors told. Dwindling water supplies threaten agriculture, electricity suppliers, silicon chip makers. Also at risk are makers of beverages, clothing, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, forest products, and metals and mining. Businesses urged to integrate water into strategic planning. And: Tracking water use (click 'See also').
By Juliette Jowit
The Guardian (UK) 2009-02-26
Obama proposes $1 billion a year increase for child nutrition programs including school lunches. Plan includes better program access, better nutritional quality of school meals, expanding nutrition research, better oversight. About 32 million children eat lunch daily through National School Lunch Program; 8 million eat school breakfast. And: Nutrition bill up for renewal (click 'See also').
By Charles Abbott
Inefficiency wastes half the food produced globally; one-third of grains fed to animals, which worsens poverty, environmental degradation, UN says. Double yields from organic farming a bright spot. Top tips: Regulate food prices, feed poor; back biofuels that don't compete with food, water; feed animals food waste and grains to humans; support small-scale farmers, resilient ecoagriculture; reduce wars, corruption and improve trade, infrastructure; limit global warming; publicize links between population, ecosystem.
Environment News Service 2009-02-17
Sustainable food movement wants overhaul of nation's food system, but focus, call for specific action is way to real change. Best bet: Advocate for radical change with Congressional renewal of laws for school meals (click 'See also'). Currently, cash-strapped schools rely on government surplus, sales of soda, junk foods. Stricter nutrition standards, more funding for fresh food could change that, and both mesh with Obama's goal of ending childhood hunger.
By Jane Black
The Washington Post 2009-01-25
Fighting child hunger, promoting fresh fruits and vegetables for children, supporting those who supply produce, and facilitating purchase of locally grown products among goals listed by USDA nominee Tom Vilsack at Senate panel hearing. Tom Harkin, agriculture chairman, says USDA should use Institute of Medicine guidelines to set standards for junk food sold in schools.
By Aliya Sternstein
CQ Politics 2009-01-14
Hunger likely as planet warms, researchers warn. Europe's 20003 heat wave is prediction: Grain yields fell by 20 to 36 percent; fruit harvests fell by 25 percent; crop ripening was hastened by 10 to 20 days; more water was used in agriculture. With older models, there were alternative foods, but in future there won't be, unless we rethink food supplies, says scientist. And: Expect civil unrest as masses leave uninhabitable areas (click 'See also').
By Maggie Fox
Public health advocates, pointing to diet-related disease epidemic and record levels of food stamp use, look to skirt paternalism but to link food assistance, school meals to good nutrition. Program that doubles value of food stamps and fruit and vegetable vouchers of low-income mothers, seniors at farmers' markets in San Diego is instant hit - sales soared by more than 200 percent.
By Jane Black
The Washington Post 2008-12-24
Barack Obama has opportunity to reposition global food crisis as critical foreign policy, and he should, since hunger is directly tied to civil unrest. Surely a world that found $1 trillion to rescue financial institutions can find $30 billion for short-term hunger needs and improvements to increase food production.
By Nancy Roman
World Food Program (UN)/Reuters AlertNet 2008-11-05
With price of bread linked to that of petroleum, metal and other goods, and a billion people in extreme poverty, we must refine farming. Much of the world's best farmland in Russia, Ukraine, Africa produces nothing; poor infrastructure dooms 40 percent of world's food to rot. We need to invest in farming, make it globally desirable, productive, with tangible benefits.
By Doug Saunders
The Globe and Mail (Canada) 2008-10-25
For sake of economy, national security and moral authority, U.S. must stay committed to international aid, President George Bush says. Rising food prices have added 75 million people worldwide to rolls of chronic hunger for total of 925 million, UN says. In July, Senate panel voted to scale back funding request of Bush program that rewards countries for meeting strict policy, governance criteria; group has disbursed less than 10 percent of its $6.3 billion.
By Dan Eggen and Anthony Faiola
The Washington Post 2008-10-22
To progress on health care crisis, energy independence and climate change, new president must wean food system from fossil fuel and return it to diet of sunshine. Next, new policy must strive for healthful diet for all; improve reliance, safety and security of food supply; promote regional food economies; and reframe agriculture as part of solution to environmental problems.
By Michael Pollan
The New York Times 2008-10-12
Expanded food stamps, extended jobless benefits and even tax rebate possible in legislation planned by Democrats after election. Barack Obama says he favors $25 billion for states, $25 billion for roads, bridges and infrastructure, and $65 billion for tax rebates paid for with oil profits tax.
By David Espo
The Associated Press; Newsday 2008-10-11
Listless babies, wizened one-year-olds, two-year-olds with no food for two weeks are among the millions dying from hunger in Somalia in 'forgotten crisis.' Recently, thousands of desperately hungry besieged 35-truck UN convoy in Mogadishu, taking two million pounds of food. Unending war, drought, global food supply squeeze, unemployment, inflation all to blame.
By Jeffrey Gettleman
The New York Times 2008-10-11
If Congress can conjure up vast sums for Wall Street bailout, why, when we speak urgently of a fraying social net, of charities reeling and empty food pantries, of tens of millions of Americans (the types who clean the likes of AIG and Freddie Mac at night) without food and shelter, is there not a penny available? Our nation's priorities are in the wrong place.
By Joel Berg
The Washington Post 2008-09-28
New program will use $76 million in foundation money to develop better ways for local farmers to supply UN's World Food Program with their products. Lack of agricultural infrastructure - irrigation, mechanization, roads, quality control - could hamper goals. American food-aid policy supplies only American-grown food. UN says hungry total nearly 1 billion.
By Robert A. Guth and Roger Thurow
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2008-09-25
Storm damage 'washes away' efforts to restore agricultural production in Haiti and to break its dependence on imported food, UN official says. And: As soil goes, so goes the nation (click 'See also'). To boost Haitian food production, ecologist founds nonprofit that builds composting toilets in rural communities to add organic matter and fertility to fields.
By John Heilprin
The Associated Press; The Press (Atlantic City, NJ) 2008-09-05
From high-tech, expensive Italian efforts to digging a hole and filling it with manure, efforts to restore soil are widespread - and working. Payoff fights hunger, attacks water scarcity and could reduce global warming (click 'See also'). Restoring soil is solution to political stability, environmental quality. Political, economic institutions treat soil like dirt.
By Charles C. Mann
National Geographic Magazine 2008-09-01
Food crisis did not come without warning. It's unacceptable morally and unsustainable politically, economically. The U.S. must reinvest in agriculture development, organize institutions to address food challenge, re-examine food policies and consider global compact that eliminates food tariffs for poorest.
By Joe Biden
The Miami Herald; biden.senate.gov 2008-05-23
It's time to apply lessons from energy sector to food policies and create an OPEC-like group for grain. As biofuels cropland demand increases and climate change alters global harvests, Organization of Grain Exporting Countries could regulate grain stocks - and institutionalize food as a human right. And: Russia plans to form state grain trading company (click 'See also').
By Mike Stones
nutraingredients.com/Decision News Media 2008-08-11
Congress must write stimulus plan with more spending for food stamps and more direct aid to states and local governments. Food aid helps most vulnerable Americans; food stamps are spent quickly and in full. Direct aid to states and localities reaches Medicaid recipients and others, and extra money is passed on.
The New York Times 2008-07-27
From our efficient, automated food stamp program, we have learned that current benefits run out the third week of every month. Price tag of hunger to American society is about $90 billion a year; ending hunger in U.S. would cost $10-12 billion a year. What added moral hazard could a full month of eating create?
By Michael Gerson
The Washington Post 2008-07-09
In fighting hunger, basic crop research pays. The U.S. needs a substantial, renewed commitment to CGIAR, the consortium of internationally funded and staffed crop-research centers around the world. And: America must rebuild, not destroy collaborative research, says father of first 'Green Revolution' (click 'See also').
The Washington Post 2008-07-09
World's leaders feast on multi-course meal after discussions of food price crisis. Sixty chefs were flown in for the occasion, including Michelin-starred Katsuhiro Nakamura. Twenty thousand special police officers provided security; total cost of Hokkaido event was enough to buy 100 million mosquito nets.
By Andrew Grice
The Independent (UK) 2008-07-08
In challenge to genetic engineering and old customs, Cornell scientist doubles rice harvests by planting early, giving seedlings more room to grow and calling halt to flooding fields. Critics complain that method increases drudgery of farming and yields are exaggerated, yet agree to field trials for determination.
By William J. Broad
The New York Times 2008-06-17
Barack Obama, in Father's Day address, builds on message of responsibility for education and nutrition of children, particularly for low-income African American families. Earlier in year, he lectured parents about feeding their children "cold Popeyes" for breakfast, allowing children eight sodas a day, or sending only a bag of potato chips for lunch.
By Julie Bosman
The New York Times 2008-06-16
Feeding the hungry with subsidized American corn shipped in American ships may not be best answer. Despite woes, world has never come close to outpacing its ability to produce food. But success depends on portion control, since most grain grown is eaten by livestock, which in turn is eaten by the affluent and also is craved by growing middle class in China and India.
By Donald G. McNeil Jr.
The New York Times 2008-06-15
In world of growing hunger, with its links to alienation and terrorism, there's no justification for fat subsidies that nations provide their farmers no matter how high prices go. Subsidies have depressed food prices for years and discouraged investment in agriculture across much of the developing world.
The New York Times 2008-06-09
Food crisis summit declaration seeks 'urgent and coordinated action' but sidesteps U.S.-promoted biofuels and biotechnology. Argentina, Cuba and other Latin American countries wanted document to contain criticism of wealthy nations for farm subsidies and biofuels. Some delegates were skeptical that three days of news conferences and nearly nonstop speeches could lead to true change.
By Andrew Martin
The New York Times 2008-06-06
Food crisis summit delegates pledge $1 billion-plus in emergency funds. They also will help small farmers with purchase of fertilizers, seeds, and farm equipment to meet goal of increasing worldwide food production by 50 percent by 2030. Left hanging: impact of biofuels on food prices, lifting trade barriers, farm subsidies.
By Alessio Vinci
As hunger breeds political turmoil, UN food crisis panel urges elimination of trade barriers, expansion of biotechnology research and $20 billion to $30 billion yearly investment in food production. Distractions at Rome meeting include Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, who blamed Britain for his country's woes, as well as discord over biofuels policy of U.S. and E.U.
By Tracy Wilkinson
Los Angeles Times 2008-06-04
Every second, a child dies of hunger, Nigerian minister of agriculture says, pleading at UN food crisis summit for help in revolutionizing farming in Africa and developing world. Petition signed by more than 300,000 delivered to UN head says: 'We commit to eliminating hunger and to securing food for all.' Former UN leader leads new drive to create 'green revolution' in Africa. And: Norman Borlaug led first 'green revolution' (click 'See also').
By Stephen Brown and Robin Pomeroy
As food crisis deepens and climate change threatens, top scientists in U.S. decry diminished role of science, shortage of federal funding for research and influence of politics on subject. One scientist at recent science summit says that 'persistent misperceptions' about genetically modified foods have led to their underuse or prohibition in needy countries.
By Keith B. Richburg
The Washington Post 2008-05-28
As world grows hungrier, the Conservation Reserve Program, the ethanol mandate and the ban on drilling in the Arctic Natural Wildlife Refuge increasingly are out of step. Arable land is an economic and humanitarian resource. President Bush should tell USDA to set aside the "set asides" and let America's farmers make hay while the sun is shining.
By Ashby M. Foote III
The Clarion-Ledger (MS) 2008-05-25
Poorest farmers, families in Myanmar/Burma's Irrawaddy Delta abandon ruined rented rice fields to line roads in hopes of aid. At another site, village was given only four tents that house 20 people each with rice going to tent residents, causing strife between those in tents, and those out. Donors promise more than $150 million in aid.
The New York Times 2008-05-26
When hunger drives people into conflict, mere food aid tends to fuel fighting, as combatants seek to harness it for goals of war. Immediate challenge is for international community to swiftly respond to widespread outbreaks of violence. Peacemakers must incorporate remedies to socioeconomic roots of conflict.
By Michael Vatikiotis
Bangkok Post 2008-05-26
Vowing to protect poor from high prices caused by faraway troubles, Mexican president cuts import taxes on wheat, corn, rice, beans, powdered milk, sorghum, soy pasta and nitrogen fertilizer. He also promises new irrigation systems and fertilizer loans. Critics blame NAFTA, not global factors, and say national producers will be harmed.
The Associated Press; International Herald-Tribune 2008-05-26
Food price crisis joins drought, high fuel and fertilizer costs, dying livestock, civil war, displacement and imperiled aid operations to kill hundreds from hunger and thirst and to tip Somalia toward famine. Complicating matters are U.S. airstrikes against suspected terrorists in drought zone. In Ogaden, government uses food as weapon in attempt to starve out rebels. For information on how to help, click '(entry)' below.
By Jeffrey Gettleman
The New York Times 2008-05-17
Solving food price crisis means linking developed and developing worlds. Relief officials call for emergency aid and for policy change. Among ideas: Back off on biofuels, improve food aid, produce higher yields, grow better crops, curb the speculators, remove trade barriers, eat less meat, reduce waste of food and resources.
By Marianne Lavelle and Kent Garber
U.S. News & World Report 2008-05-09
As famine looms in North Korea, U.S. agrees to resume food aid shipments. Americans gave food aid to North Korea from 1995 to 2005, but stopped after UN's World Food Program representatives were expelled. Ten years ago, about one million North Koreans died of starvation. White House says aid isn't related to nuclear disarmament negotiations.
BBC News 2008-05-16
Citing U.S. response to global food crisis as 'belated and disjointed,' lawmakers show dismay, frustration and confusion as they consider integrating their thinking on food policy, agriculture, foreign aid, trade and energy into their approach to global hunger and alleviation of poverty.
By Kent Garber
U.S. News & World Report 2008-05-14
Getting food, water, shelter to victims in Myanmar/Burma is race against time, and there are dozens of other impoverished nations affected by global food crisis, foreign aid official tells Senate panel. Critics call Bush administration's $350 million proposed response inadequate, and compare it to higher cost of Iraq war.
By David Welna
National Public Radio 2008-05-15
Food crisis will increase rates of diet-related disease because high-fat, highly sweetened food products are federally subsidized and readily available. Poor women are 50 percent more likely to be obese. Poor, hungry people aren't thinking about their health, 'just filling their stomachs...getting through the day,' says researcher.
By Alfred Lubrano
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008-05-06
Discouraging grain exports shrinks supplies and raises prices. US should encourage other countries blocking aid shipments to follow India's laudable example, which allows UN to buy and ship rice as a humanitarian exception to that country's ban. India is also considering easing its policy more generally.
The Washington Post 2008-05-12
America can better help its farmers and citizens plus needy overseas if it stops treating food aid as farmer welfare and seeks framework that addresses: laws that forbid U.S. food-aid purchases overseas; promoting sale of surplus crops, rather than their storage as emergency stocks; and the effect of corn-ethanol subsidies on food scarcity.
The Plain Dealer (OH) 2008-05-04
It's time to end subsidies for transforming corn into ethanol, and it's time to untangle international food aid from domestic farm supports. President Bush is right to bolster food assistance and to insist on local purchase of emergency food. We must provide help in developing agricultural markets and in boosting yields with new technologies and seeds.
The New York Times 2008-05-06
Citing role of ethanol in rising food prices, candidate John McCain joins 23 Republicans in asking to waive high production mandate. 'We need to put an end to flawed government policies that distort the markets, raise food prices artificially, and pit producers against consumers,' says candidate. Contender Barack Obama of Illinois has defended ethanol.
By Elana Schor
The Guardian (UK) 2008-05-05
U.S. must invest appropriately in farmers at home and in agricultural development in the developing world, and open world markets to more liberalized food trade to create stable and affordable food supply and stable income for farmers around the world. Congress must replenish wheat stocks, OK crisis food aid and 'buy local' pilot plan, and strive for greener biofuels.
By Jake Caldwell
The Washington Post 2008-04-30
President Bush wants to tack $770 million in new global food and development aid onto Iraq war funding bill. Funds would include $150 million for agricultural development plus direct food assistance. Administration also wants $350 million in additional food aid for current year and released $200 million of emergency wheat reserves last month.
By Dan Eggen
The Washington Post 2008-05-01
As relief groups call for $755 million in fresh emergency food assistance, dire hunger shows failure of globalization without free trade. In Muritania, country produces only 30 percent of what its people eat; abandoned fields grow weeds. Thirty percent of budget comes from selling factory fishing licenses, mostly to Europeans, and fish from rich waters goes to high-bidding exporters.'They leave us with sardines as they eat juicy fish,' says resident. 'We stand no chance against the hunger of richer countries.'
By Anthony Faiola
The Washington Post 2008-04-28
As food prices rise, wheat rust spores blow in the wind and threaten a crop that provides 20 percent of the food calories for the world's people. We all lose if U.S. ends support for international agricultural research centers that study this and other problems. It is tantamount to the United States abandoning its pledge to help halve world hunger by 2015.
By Norman E. Borlaug
The New York Times 2008-04-26
Britain pledges $900 million to UN World Food Program, vows to seek changes in European Union biofuels targets if food prices-fuel crops link is shown. Hunger threatens more than 100 million people on every continent, UN says. Echoing statements from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, Asian Development Bank urges countries to help poor buy food instead of resorting to export curbs, which is hoarding on a national scale.
By Jeremy Lovell
United States must help World Food Program fill a $500 million gap in its budget; Congress should OK local purchase of emergency aid; U.S., multilateral institutions must support farming in the developing world to lessen their dependence on imports. This will be simpler if U.S., Europe dismantle market-distorting crop subsidies and trade barriers.
The Washington Post 2008-04-19
Anger over children's empty bellies gathers, putting pressures on fragile governments. In Haiti, there's a brisk business in patties made of mud, oil and sugar; a mom of five offers any of her children to a stranger, just asking that they be fed. 'People are going to do no matter what to survive,' said UN expert. 'And if you're hungry you get angry quicker.' For other famine-fighting techniques of poor, click 'See also.'
By Marc Lacey
The New York Times 2008-04-18
We worry that too few thoughtful people are steering the food-ethanol debate, especially on the misguided farm/food bill. Corn-powered ethanol puts your gas tank in competition with your kids' bellies. The more U.S. acreage pushed into producing corn for ethanol, the higher prices go, because that land isn't available for other crops. Neither is the water - corn is thirsty and sucks down the Panhandle's aquifer.
The Dallas Morning News 2008-04-17
President Bush orders $200 million drawn from food reserve for Africa and elsewhere and looks to other nations to help meet the $500 million shortfall at UN World Food Program. In U.S., poor families are feeling the pinch; candidates beginning to cite cost of food in speeches.
President Bush is concerned about food prices, shortages and believes developed nations have a responsibility to help, aides say. One proposal: increasing the nation's 'buy local' program, for international food aid. Haiti ousts its prime minister after food-related rioting kills five people. Food protests also occurred in Cameroon, Niger and Burkina Faso in Africa, and in Indonesia and the Philippines.
By Matt Spetalnick and Patrick Worsnip
Ever-rising prices for corn-based livestock feed erode power of food stamps and cash; number seeking food at pantries and kitchens shot up an average of 20 percent in 2007. Food pantries are facing the same inflation, as well as declining donations. Food prices are forecast to rise 7.5 percent annually in each of next five years, says food bank oversight group.
By Tim Jones and Mary Ann Fergus
Chicago Tribune 2008-04-08
Food, energy prices affecting our most vulnerable children; increase seen in anemic and underweight babies in cities, indicating later limits on their educational achievement and impaired ability to work. Food stamps won't pay for a healthy diet. Policies that help low-income children succeed belong on all candidates' agendas.
By Mariana Chilton and John Cook
The Inquirer (PA) 2008-04-01
Feeding the hungry is priority in food crisis, but cheap food may be gone. Problem was caused by long-term trends, bad luck and bad policy. Iraq war has reduced oil supplies. China is hungry for meat, which requires more grain. Australian drought is likely linked to climate change inaction. Biofuels craze is speeding deforestation and taking food acreage.
By Paul Krugman
The New York Times 2008-04-07
Food riots and protests pressure governments to bring food prices down, but starving the neighbors by restricting food exports isn't the best solution. Restrictions demotivate farmers, pushing them into growing the wrong crops and jeopardizing future access to markets. And restrictions on supply encourage hoarding, which pushes prices up even more.
The Economist 2008-03-27
Iraq war has diminished support for feeding chronically hungry schoolchildren, just as food prices have shot up, says George McGovern, former senator and co-sponsor of the McGovern-Dole program (click 'See also'). The program, which sends U.S. crops to poor schoolchildren overseas, claims success in increasing school enrollment and attendance in countries from Afghanistan to Laos.
By Missy Ryan
Skyrocketing food and fuel prices leave $650 million gap for feeding world's poorest people; World Food Program, after warning of shortage since February, urgently appeals for money from donor nations. The WFP feeds at least 73 million people in nearly 80 nations with an annual operating budget of $2.9 billion; it initiated a successful 'buy local' program to cut costs.
By Tracy Wilkinson
Los Angeles Times 2008-03-25
In Zimbabwe, once 'breadbasket of Africa,' half its residents are malnourished and the price of a loaf of bread costs what a house did just a few years ago; policies of President Robert Mugabe are to blame. Party infighting and upcoming elections could bring change, but fair elections would be required. South Africa and neighbors should pressure him for a fair contest.
The Washington Post 2008-03-12
U.S. policy must adjust for higher food prices. Congress must dramatically improve efficiency of emergency food aid programs. First step: Approve president's proposal to permit government to buy locally - say, South African or Ethiopian wheat for the hungry elsewhere in Africa. European Union and Canada have recently approved similar purchases.
The Washington Post 2008-03-14
As food shortages stunt growth of North Korean children, country's struggle with hunger still sharpened by reaction to nuclear device detonation in 2006. Donations under a World Food Program project declined by more than 80 percent between 2005 and 2007, and U.S. donations fell to zero. South Korea wants to know donations would go to poor people, not military.
By Blaine Harden
The Washington Post 2008-03-15
Donated food aid rots in Haitian port after government cracks down on corruption that allowed Colombian cocaine a clear path to U.S. Haiti imports about 75 percent of its food; in 2002, UN found almost half the population was undernourished. Hand-written customs system is overwhelmed, bribes continue, 200 shipping containers await inspection and Miami shipping companies lay off stevedores.
By Jonathan M. Katz and Jennifer Kay
The Associated Press; WTOP 2008-03-06
As elections approach, conservatives in Spain use skyrocketing food prices as wedge against economic record of Zapatero government. Administration estimates 24 percent rise in milk prices and 16 percent hike in prices for chicken, with inflation at 4.4 percent. Without sufficient pasture or croplands, Spain depends heavily on grain imports.
By Martin Roberts
Skyrocketing food prices, inflation at around 20 percent and going to bed hungry are prime concerns for Iranians as elections approach. At issue is president's handling of $280 billion economy. Two-week celebration of Iranian New Year begins on March 12; beef prices are up, but confection prices won't be raised (click 'See also').
By Fredrik Dahl
Hillary Clinton says her administration would create a food safety net and give poor children 'greater access to healthy, fresh food.' She would launch effort to get junk food out of schools, and require schools to offer only food that meets or exceeds USDA standards. She would sign up more people for food stamps and expand benefits. The program would be paid for by toughening tax enforcement.
By Mike Glover
The Associated Press; The Guardian (UK) 2008-02-28
As Mississippi legislators consider a bill that bans obese customers from eating in restaurants, restaurateur and writer predicts he and other fat people will scout out the non-weighing restaurants (likely all-you-can-eat buffets), which would give those spots an unfair competitive advantage. But he does want a quota on green-bean casseroles for covered-dish suppers.
By Robert St. John
The Meridian Star 2008-02-06
After rising by one-third in past year, food-price index is at its highest since it began in 1845. High prices offer an opportunity to break a cycle of crop subsidies without income loss. Doing so would help taxpayers, revive the stalled Doha round of world trade talks, boost the world economy, and directly help many of the world's poor.
The Economist 0000-00-00
Food pantries in Chicago and other cities across the country struggle to serve working poor during peak season as fuel and food costs rise. Federal assistance has diminished because there are fewer surplus commodities for USDA to buy, then distribute.
By Lisa Black and Kathryn Masterson
Chicago Tribune 2007-11-22
Citing moral need to feed the hungry, candidate John Edwards advocates implementing farm/food bill for its food stamp program and emergency food aid, expanding the food stamp program, funding school food programs and those for seniors, and luring supermarkets into neighborhoods without them.
By Jennifer Hunter
The Associated Press 2007-11-22
Presidential candidates lured to food pantries, soup kitchens and other charitable organizations as country's biggest food holiday approaches. Some will gather at home; others gather their families on the campaign trail.
By Ann Sanner
The Associated Press 2007-11-20
Reacting to shortages, Venezuelans line up to buy subsidized milk, chicken, eggs, sugar, cooking oil and baby formula, though store racks are full of imported luxury foods. Economists blame surge in demand, but politicos wonder whether shopkeepers are controlling supply to create discord among supporters of President Hugo Chavez.
By Ian James
The Associated Press 2007-11-20
Food aid, a key provision of the farm/food bill, saves lives in natural disasters and emergencies, but it also addresses chronic hunger and fosters long-term development overseas and needs half the funds reserved for those projects, say Catholic archbishop and bishop.
By Wilton D. Gregory and J. Kevin Boland
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2007-11-02
Inadequate food supply pushes some African women to engage in high-risk sex, a university study found. When struggling to feed their households, women in Botswana and Swaziland were more likely to sell sex, suggesting that promoting access to food may reduce AIDS.
By Josh Eveleth
Public Library of Science 2007-10-22
Poverty will compromise adequate nutrition in case of flu pandemic in Kansas City, report says; many citizens can afford only three-day stockpile of food rather than recommended two-week supply, and if schools close, poor children would be deprived of their only hot meal of the day.
By Dave Helling
The Kansas City Star 2007-10-24
Diary of starving man casts unwelcome light on harshness of Japan's policy on level welfare rates; recipients are expected to depend on relatives and use all savings before taking "shameful handout."
By Norimitsu Onishi
The New York Times 2007-10-12
Inspired by environmental justice and groups that feed the homeless with surplus food, freegans in New York eschew capitalism and scavenge for groceries in the 50 million pounds of food garbage discarded annually; they favor D'Agostino's, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.
By Erika Hayasaki
Los Angeles Times 2007-09-11
As farmers eagerly switch from food crops to those for biofuels, ecological and social factors led by high food prices, meat-rich diets, dropping water supplies, climate change and the growing population threaten vast numbers of people with food and water shortages.
By John Vidal
The Guardian (UK) 2007-08-29
Near the site of a murder that ripped a North Carolina town apart, the Anathoth Community Garden now grows, the gift of a black woman to a white church, and now the working poor find food at their door, and the town is finding a new peace.
By Fred Bahnson
Orion Magazine 2007-07-01
Program that last year brought 35,000 pounds of hunter-donated venison to low-income clients of southern Wisconsin food pantry endangered by budget cuts; testing the deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) reduced by 60 percent; experts predict explosion in deer population.
By Christina Beam
Reedsburg Times Press (WI) 0000-00-00
Vietnamese-American watches his former country's leader and listens to the demonstrators chanting for democracy, but to him, the first problem is the hunger of the begging children, and the desperate circumstances that cause a parent to abandon a child.
By Tam Pham
Asia Times 2007-08-16
CARE turns down $45 million in food aid from U.S., citing practice of selling tons of often heavily subsidized American farm products in African countries that compete with the crops of local farmers; other charities disagree.
By Celia W. Dugger
The New York Times (may require subscription)
Government's subsidies to the very rich need to be addressed, but Congress should follow lead of the House in tending to nutrition needs of very poor around the world via the Food for Education program in the farm/food bill.
The Daily News Tribune (MA) 2007-08-28
Overfishing, poaching and pollution have depleted worldwide fish stocks to 10 percent of normal; for every pound of shrimp harvested, 10 pounds are discarded, along with turtles and dolphins, conservationists report.
By Eviana Hartman
Ethanol craze blamed for high prices across the supermarket, but other factors include surge in global food demand, high oil prices, uncooperative weather, and the slide of the dollar against other world currencies.
By Barrett Sheridan
Bush administration's buy-local request for emergency food aid could help Kenyans, some of the world's poorest people, advocates say, but U.S. is mired in domestic farm subsidies and lobbies of shipping interests; aid for agricultural projects lags as well.
By Celia W. Dugger
The New York times (may require subscription)