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

Bloomberg 2011-11-01

Oregon congressman urges revamp of farm bill, moving billions away from agribusiness and new focus on aid to family farmers, new farmers and production of healthy, local food

By Pete Kasperowicz

The Hill 2011-10-26

Haiti, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe most vulnerable to extreme weather of climate change and lack social, financial ability to cope; areas of north America, northern Europe protected

By Damian Carrington

The Guardian (UK) 2011-10-26

Howard Buffett urges soil-health approach to helping African farmers end hunger, says crop diversity, not biotech seed and monoculture, will ensure families' survival

The Associated Press; The Washington Post 2011-10-12

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

Bloomberg 2011-10-06

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

PepsiCo to work with Ethiopian farmers to grow more chickpeas; increased crop will satisfy hummus market, with leftovers for Wawa Mum, an anti-famine product

By Stephanie Strom

The New York Times 2011-09-20

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

No. 1 issue is sustainable development - linking climate change, water scarcity, food insecurity, energy shortages, global health issues, women's empowerment, UN head says

Agence France-Presse 2011-09-08

Monsanto's corn, genetically modified to resist biotech giant's glyphosate-based Roundup, falling victim to rootworms in northwestern Illinois fields

By Jack Kaskey

Bloomberg 2011-09-02

As economic crisis continues, crop swaps grow in popularity; bartering for food builds resilient communities that can endure severe energy shortages, global warming

By Stacy Finz

San Francisco Chronicle 2011-09-04

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

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

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

Opinion: Cutting harmful emissions from coal-fired power plants requires technology, ambition, but industry unlikely to invest unless Congress provides strong incentive

The editors

The New York Times 2011-07-20

Colorado River estuary, once home to lush forests, jaguars, now arid because upstream, it grows nation's lettuce in November, December, and its carrots in January, February

National Public Radio 2011-07-14

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

EPA head left with only science, loyal lieutenants as she sets rules on smog, mercury, carbon dioxide, mining waste and vehicle emissions that will affect all corners of economy

By John M. Broder

The New York Times 2011-07-05

EU vows $14.5m in emergency aid to feed 650,000 in North Korea; government promises unrestricted access over concerns that aid could be diverted to ruling elite, military

By Stephen Castle

The New York Times 2011-07-03

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

Reduce food production dry northern plains or face dire water levels, groundwater expert warns China; agriculture accounts for 60 percent of demand on water table

By Jonathan Watts

The Guardian (UK) 2011-06-28

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

Opinion: As commodity prices show, it will be economic impact of climate change and resource limits that will motivate sweeping changes necessary to avert catastrophe

By Paul Gilding

CNN 2011-06-21

Opinion: As supplies of fruits, vegetables remain steady due to work of pollinators, we pay homage to resilience of honeybees and perseverance of their keepers

By Randal R. Rucker and Walter N. Thurman

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-06-22

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

Bloomberg 2011-06-20

Opinion: U.S. is transforming Afghanistan's fragile agrarian society into a consumer-oriented, mechanized, fossil-fuel-based economy

By Patricia McArdle

The New York Times 2011-06-19

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

Food prices in China surge as torrential rain across south and east kills more than 100, triggers evacuation of half a million and leaves farmland devastated

Reuters 2011-06-19

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

As rapid growth in food production slows and global appetite for meat, dairy increases demand, researchers point to climate change and sound alarm over adequate food supply

By Justin Gillis

The New York Times 2011-06-05

Opinion: If you're keen to make the world's poorest people better off, it's smarter to invest in their farms and workplaces than to send them packing to cities

By Raj Patel

Foreign Policy 2011-05-04

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

Bloomberg 2011-05-11

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

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

Opinion: 1990s famine believed to have killed nearly one million North Koreans; no matter how much world despises Kim Jong-il regime, that can't be allowed to happen again

By the editors

The New York Times 2011-04-29

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

In response to civic unrest concerning country's rising food, fuel prices, Ugandan head says that farmers will benefit from higher prices, calls on public to stop driving to bars

By Ioannis Gatsiounis

Time magazine 2011-04-23

In light of soaring food prices, experts call on countries to scale back headlong rush into biofuels, citing mediocre harvests, high prices, hunger, political instability

By Elisabeth Rosenthal

The New York Times 2011-04-06

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

In Burkina Faso, Yacouba Sawadogo is pioneer of tree-based approach to farming that has transformed western Sahel over last 20 years, but first, timber rights were returned to farmers

By Mark Hertsgaard

Scientific American 2011-01-28

Food, water in short supply two days after 8.9-magnitude earthquake, resulting tsunami turned a strip of Japan into wreckage; PM calls it biggest crisis since WWII

By Chico Harlan and Rick Maese

The Washington Post 2011-03-13

Interactive map shows which countries at highest risk of food crisis; the 750 million people rely on 83 billion tons of imported food a year, mostly corn, soybeans, wheat exported by U.S.

By Patricia Brooks

Environmental Working Group 2011-03-03

Rising CO2 causing plants to have fewer pores, releasing less water to atmosphere; transpiration helps drive absorption of water at roots, cools plants in manner similar to sweating

Indiana University; Science Daily 2011-03-04

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

Bloomberg 2011-02-21

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

Reuters 2011-02-21

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: The very politicians who are so worried about public debt -- and who want deep spending cuts now to save our future - dismiss climate, resource crisis and natural debt

By Bryan Walsh

Time magazine 2011-02-22

PepsiCo's buy-local plan with Mexican corn farmers cuts company's transportation costs, and in community, stabilizes local crop prices and raises incomes, improving health, education

By Stephanie Strom

The New York Times 2011-02-21

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

India struggles to feed its 1.1 billion people; it needs to hike investment in irrigation, spur competition in wholesale and retail markets, provide targeted food subsidies to poor

By Vikas Bajaj

The New York Times 2011-02-12

Opinion: GOP budget eats America's seed corn to placate base, focusing cuts on programs that pay off in future, like providing extra nutrition to pregnant mothers, infants, and young children

By Paul Krugman

The New York Times 2011-02-14

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: Asia provides frightening look at food crisis, where critical mass of those living on less than $2 a day reside; implications touch debt outlook, leaders looking to keep peace

By William Pesek

Bloomberg Businessweek 2011-02-13

As food prices surge upward, ranks of poor swell; UN food-relief agency bought 22 percent more food last year than in 2009, but spent 30 percent more - $1.25 billion

By Caroline Henshaw

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-02-08

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

Books: In the heartbreaking "Hot," Mark Hertsgaard contributes ground-level reporting on climate adaptation efforts around world, lists reasons to act rather than despair

By Wen Stephenson

The New York Times 2011-02-04

China's severe drought causes drinking water shortage for people, livestock and threatens wheat crop; imports to replace shortfall in self-sufficient crop could drive prices higher

By Keith Bradsher

The New York Times 2011-02-08

Opinion: The poorest, as fastest growing sector of global economy, are new frontier for corporate food regime, but taxpayers can say no to subsidizing juggernaut that undermines small farmers who grow half the world's food

By Eric Holt Gimenez

The Huffington Post 2011-02-07

Opinion: Growing turmoil shows that ordinary life revolves around price of bread, other basic commodities; at least two Indian governments have been felled by rising price of onions

By Mohamed A. Ramady

Arab News 2011-02-08

Lawmaker and chair of Ag panel must walk a tightrope between addressing nation's nutrition needs, backing Michigan's second-largest industry and luring GOP backers

By Nathan Hurst

The Detroit News 2011-02-07

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

Reuters 2011-02-07

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

Opinion: Food and everything surrounding it is a crucial matter of personal and public health, of national and global security; at stake is health of humans and that of earth

By Mark Bittman

The New York Times 2011-02-01

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

Bloomberg 2011-01-26

With 2008 food price riots in mind, emerging nations use price caps, export bans and rules to help keep food costs from disrupting their economies

By Eric Bellman and Alex Frangos

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-01-25

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

In New Orleans, educational venture and commercial urban farm flourishes in wrecked neighborhood; students grow $2,500 of produce weekly which they sell at farmers' market, restaurants

By Charles Wilson

The New York Times 2011-01-15

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

Tunisian civic unrest may signal global food riots, economists say; woes began after fires in Russia, heavy rain in Canada, drought in Argentina, floods in Australia, low forecasts in U.S.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha

The Washington Post 2011-01-14

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

In California, some poor families choose between traditional public school with school lunches or charter versions, with smaller classes, more enrichment - but maybe no lunch

By Mary MacVean and Alexandra Zavis

Los Angeles Times 2011-01-01

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

Coal-fired power plant operating in Texas for nearly 30 years mostly without SO2 filters thought to have laid waste to former pecan groves; situation repeated across nation

By Ramit Plushnick-Masti

The Associated Press; Star Tribune 2010-12-28

Opinion: Main driving force behind rising commodity prices is demand from growing global middle class with appetite for meat and car-driving; food, oil supplies can't keep up

By Paul Krugman

The New York Times 2010-12-26

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

Corn ethanol pits livestock industry against oil industry: "We've now ... inextricably linked the price of corn, to the price of crude oil, and I think we can't turn the clock back, that's the way it is," says economist

By Kathleen Masterson

National Public Radio/ Morning Edition 2010-12-22

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

Wired 2010-12-21

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

CNN 2010-12-19

Opinion: Life-saving strategy brings green revolution to Navy, Marines; armed forces using biofuels - minus corn-based ethanol or any fuels that compete with food

By Thomas L. Friedman

The New York Times 2010-12-19

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

Desertification, land degradation from overuse, global warming are greatest environmental challenges and present threat of hunger around globe, UN expert says

By Damian Carrington

The Guardian (UK) 2010-12-16

Deer hunters in Pennsylvania expected to donate about 100,000 pounds of venison to help meet surging demand of hungry; food banks appreciate lean, high-quality protein

By Jon Hurdle

Reuters 2010-12-06

Researchers, writers warn of complex and interconnected confluence of factors driving us toward a global food, water emergency by 2050 - even before worst of climate change

By Greg Ansley

The New Zealand Herald 2010-12-04

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 2010-12-07

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

CNN 2010-12-02

Food security, marine diversity at stake as rapidly increasing acidification of oceans shrinks minerals needed for skeletons of shellfish, coral; 1 billion humas rely on fish as protein source

By Matthew Knight

CNN 2010-12-02

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

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

Concerns grow over food-stamp funding of child nutrition bill; expert predicts that cuts to SNAP would increase poverty and obesity as recipients buy cheaper, calorie-dense food

By Robert Pear

The New York Times 2010-09-23

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

Despite widespread efforts to attract low-income shoppers to farmers' markets, bulk of SNAP benefits redeemed last year - 82 percent - went to grocery stores, supercenters

By Sarah Skidmore and David Runk

The Associated Press; Business Week 2010-09-15

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

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 2010-09-02

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 2010-09-02

Opinion: If fish can be bred commercially and marine life can be saved through scientific technique, it will help stave off food-scarcity crisis larger than any we have known

By Josh Ozersky

Time magazine 2010-09-01

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

Salon 2010-08-26

Hunger, disease plague Pakistan's flood survivors; disaster has killed at least 1,643, displaced 6 million, done billions of damage to agriculture, infrastructure

By Zeeshan Haider

Reuters 2010-08-29

Opinion: Volatility in grain prices caused by drought, flood plus population growth and emerging grain diseases - if this is pattern, or glimpse of future, it's worrying

The editors

The New York Times 2010-08-27

Hope Mobile tractor-trailer to provide fresh food, cooking classes, food stamp outreach to New Jersey's poorest areas of four-county area; state's SNAP participation low

By Jessica Driscoll

The Gloucester County Times (NJ) 2010-07-31

Rising temperatures projected to slow production of rice, world's most important crop for ensuring food security for 3 billion people, addressing poverty, study says

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 2010-08-09

India's political decision on how to feed its vast numbers of poor will very likely determine whether it becomes global economic power

By Jim Yardley

The New York Times 2010-08-09

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 editors

The New York Times 2010-08-06

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

Impact of humans literally consuming Earth's finite resources of food, fuel, fiber, clean air, fresh water finally being noticed, UN reports in call for global action

By Juliette Jowit

The Guardian (UK) 2010-05-21

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

Seed evangelist awarded "green Nobel," Goldman Environmental Prize for helping farmers reduce need for fertilizers, pesticides in Cuba

By Will Weissert

The Associated Press; San Francisco Chronicle 2010-04-19

UK science adviser outlines multifaceted, linked food system needed to feed 9 billion people by 2050

By John R. Beddington

Science Magazine 2010-02-12

Opinion: Schools should allow students to take uneaten apples, oranges from their lunches for eating later

The editors

Chicago Tribune 2010-03-29

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

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

Salon 2010-03-15

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

Food, water needs are accelerating rich countries' 21st-century land grab in Africa, one of hungriest continents

By John Vidal

The Guardian (UK) 2010-03-07

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

India's agriculture decline, soil degradation from subsidized chemical fertilizer overuse undermines its ambitious positioning

By Geeta Anand

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-02-23

California county food stamps program allows homeless, disabled and elderly participants to buy fast food

By Vanessa Romo

Marketplace 2010-02-17

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

4.3 million need food aid in Sudan because of drought and violence from ethnic tensions, UN says

By Karl Maier 2010-02-02

In UN's new coupon-based system for food distribution in Haiti, only women will be allowed to collect rice

By Damien Cave

The New York Times 2010-01-30

Logistics hamper delivery of food, water to earthquake survivors in Haiti

United Press International 2010-01-30

Farm subsidies likely unaffected by proposed spending freeze, but conservation, nutrition programs, rural development vulnerable, says politician

By Chuck Haga

Grand Forks Herald/Agweek 2010-01-26

More federal action urged on growing hunger in U.S.; activist hopes public nutrition programs exempted from domestic spending freeze

By Charles Abbott

Reuters 2010-01-26

Opinion: Congress should expand and improve quality of school meals program

The editors

San Jose Mercury News 2010-01-25

Fighting starvation, Haitians share even smallest portions

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

Reuters 2010-01-22

As hunger climbs, car biofuels using quarter of grain supplies, analysis suggests

By John Vidal

The Guardian (UK) 2010-01-22

Increasing numbers of New Yorkers - 1 in 5 children - need help getting enough to eat

The Economist 2010-01-15

UN wants $560 million to supply food, water, medical support, shelter in Haiti

By Joe Lauria

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-01-15

Aid arrives haphazardly - portable stoves but neither food nor water

By Tina Susman and Joe Mozingo and Julian E. Barnes

Los Angeles Times 2010-01-16

U.S. aircraft carrier begins water, supplies delivery to Haiti

By Peter Spiegel

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-01-15

For one in 50, food stamps are sole income

By Jason DeParle and Robert M. Gebeloff

The New York Times 2010-01-03

UK food supply worries grow as grocers report shortages and cold continues

By Jamie Doward

The Guardian (UK) 2010-01-09

Threats force UN to stop food aid in south Somalia

By Barney Jopson

Financial Times (London) 2010-01-06

More than 31.2 million children receive free or reduced-price school lunches

By Barbara Barrett

McClatchy-Tribune News Service; Chicago Tribune 2010-01-06

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

Venison scarce but popular at N.D. food pantries

By: Dave Kolpack

The Associated Press; Grand Forks Herald 2009-12-25

Food recycling programs fight hunger, reduce food waste

By Mike Hughlett

Chicago Tribune 2009-12-24

'American dream' upended as jobless seek food stamps, other food aid

By Michael Luo and Megan Thee-Brenan

The New York Times 2009-12-15

Millions in bonuses questioned after Missouri finds food stamp tally error

By David A. Lieb

The Associated Press; Chicago Tribune 2009-12-14

Genetic engineering cuts cotton toxin, creating high-protein edible seed

By Raja Murthy

Asia Times 2009-12-08

Child hunger interwoven in other problems of poverty

By Amy Goldstein

The Washington Post 2009-12-12

Food stamps become safety net's safety net in tough times

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

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College teaches jobless how to garden, cook, preserve crops

After DHL closes offices in southwestern Ohio town and food pantries report unprecedented demand, college provides 20 plots, teaches people how to garden. As green beans, tomatoes ripened, gardening lessons were supplemented by lessons on cooking and preserving crops. Now, nine volunteers from VISTA are expanding 'Grow Food, Grow Hope' program to more families and more seasons, and teaching schoolchildren how to garden.

By Dan Sewell

The Associated Press; The Christian Science Monitor 2009-11-16

Catalog of woes stops food production, sales in poor countries

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

Child hunger spikes upward as result of weak economy

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

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Physician and anti-hunger leader nominated to head USAID

Physician and anti-hunger leader nominated to head USAID

Rajiv Shah, physician and undersecretary of agriculture since June, nominated to head the U.S. Agency for International Development. He led USDA efforts on Obama administration's food security initiative, part of global campaign to help small farmers get more food to the hungry. Obama has laid out ambitious agenda on foreign assistance, pledging to double it to $50 billion a year, pushing for $20 billion program in conjunction with other countries to fight hunger, to make economic development a pillar of his strategy in Afghanistan. And: Transcript of speech nominee helped write for secretary of state on food security (click 'See also').

By Mary Beth Sheridan

The Washington Post 2009-11-11

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Protocol proposed for buying farmland in poor countries

New global protocol proposed to temper African farmland buying frenzy caused by growing population, scarce water supplies, climate change. South Korea bought huge areas of Madagascar recently while Chinese interests bought up large plots of Senegal to supply it with sesame. Accord could include ensuring pre-sale consent is given by local people as well as ensuring that smallholders do not lose out. First draft is expected to be released next spring. And: Analyst predicts civil unrest, with investing countries leaving trail of food scarcity for poor countries' local populations (click 'See also').

By Nick Mathiason

The Guardian (UK) 2009-11-02

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Opinion: Hunger, not health-care reform, is true 'fiscal child abuse'

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?

The editors

Philadelphia Daily News 2009-11-06

Jobless rate now 10.2 percent, under-employed reaches 17.5 percent

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

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In switch, warehouse chain agrees to accept food stamps

In policy switch, Costco decides to accept food stamps at all its stores. Decision comes several months after country's third-largest retailer began food-stamp test at stores in Queens and Brooklyn. At least half its roughly 410 U.S. stores will accept stamps by Thanksgiving. And: U.S. unemployment rate is 9.5 percent (click 'See also').

By Melissa Allison

The Seattle Times 2009-10-27

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Chefs share secrets of low-cost cooking for crowds

As ranks of poor grow, demand at soup kitchens increases. Menu planning, cooking from scratch, using every shred of food and stocking up on produce at low-cost Asian markets - plus flexibility - among tips from seasoned chefs on low-cost cooking for a crowd. For recipes, click 'See also.'

By Beth D'Addono

Philadelphia Daily News 2009-10-08

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Jobless rate reaches 9.8 percent; at school, algebra suffers

More than 15 million people in U.S. now unemployed, and more are working part-time jobs for less pay, or have given up looking for work. New Jersey resident, a year after losing job, has $800 left in savings account, six more weeks of $379 unemployment checks. She's paring expenses - she tries to eat less. And: Teachers note that impoverished students are distracted from learning; 'It's hard to focus on algebra when you're hungry,' says advocate (click 'See also').

By Jack Healy

The New York Times 2009-10-02

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Hunger of 1 billion 'inherently destabilizing'

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 2009-09-26

U.S. farm politics, food aid policies undermine anti-hunger efforts

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

Stampede kills 19 during Ramadan food giveaway

In poor neighborhood of Karachi, at least 19 women died and 25 were injured in stampede for free food traditionally distributed during Ramadan by private individuals and through religious or charitable organizations. Competition this year has been particularly intense. Food prices generally shoot up during Ramadan, but prices have been driven even higher by shortage of flour and sugar in Pakistan, caused primarily by hoarding.

By Salman Masood

The New York Times 2009-09-14

School plans meal deliveries in case of flu-related closing

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

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Former bank building houses new currency - heirloom seeds

Former bank building houses new currency - heirloom seeds

Baker Creek Heirloom seed company creates bricks-and-mortar seed bank, fills arched windows of former bank with produce. Store is evidence of effort to preserve, bring back fruit, vegetable and flower varieties pushed to extinction in era of commercial seed production. Others seedsaver groups: Kitazawa in Oakland (Asian herbs and vegetables), J.L. Hudson of La Honda, Redwood City Seed Co. (peppers), plus Seeds of Change in New Mexico, Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa (click 'See also').

By Carol Ness

San Francisco Chronicle 2009-09-06

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Food stamp participation reaches record as unemployment climbs

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

Reuters 2009-09-03

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Opinion: Solving myriad problems requires integrated solutions

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

As planet warms, two approaches to feeding growing population

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

Program offers stop-gap measure for food stamps

Trial program in Chicago aims to get food stamps to those who qualify as quickly as possible, dishing out a card with about a month's worth of stamps on the spot. Express Stamps benefits are good for only about two to six weeks; if recipient wants renewed benefits, a full application process is required. In 10 sites, program has OK'd about 2,300 people for temporary benefits; 68 percent then applied for full food-stamp benefits.

By Ben Meyerson

Chicago Tribune 2009-08-20

Rising joblessness means record crowds for school meals

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

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Review: A can-do book on reducing food waste

Review: A can-do book on reducing food waste

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

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Opinion: Recession tosses poor to fraying safety net of friends, family

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

With food stamps stimulus, children taste cucumbers, farmers get paid

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

Concern grows over farmland investments in poor countries

Concern for equitable resource allocation grows as rich countries and world's largest food, financial and car companies invest $20 billion to $30 billion annually on farmland in developing countries (click 'See also'). UN says investment has doubled to nearly 20 million hectares (50 million acres) since last year. Analyst predicts civil unrest, with investing countries leaving trail of food scarcity for local populations, as well as devastated soils, dry aquifers and ruined ecology from highly intensive, chemical-based farming.

By John Vidal

The Guardian (UK) 2009-07-03

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Foreign aid will shift to teaching skills rather than direct food donations

In shift, U.S. will focus on providing expertise, training, roads, infrastructure to boost agricultural productivity abroad rather giving emergency aid, USDA chief says. Nation is largest donor of emergency food aid - mainly crops grown by American farmers - but spends 20 times as much on food aid to Africa as it spends on programs that could boost food production. In 1980s, U.S. annual spending on African farming projects was $400 million-plus; by 2006 it had dwindled to $60 million.

By Mark Weinraub

Reuters 2009-06-29

Son of Buffett on African front in war against hunger

Son of Buffett on African front in war against hunger

The Wall Street Journal.

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

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Financial crisis adds more to ranks of global hungry

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

ABC/BBC 2009-06-20

Putting food on the table between poverty, destitution

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

Across nation, food stamp use rises with unemployment

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

Reuters 2009-06-03

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Senator vows advocacy for application-free lunch program

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

More need for school breakfast as cafeterias struggle

More children rely on schools for two meals daily as schools struggle to balance food budgets because of higher costs, decline in paying customers. Meanwhile, concern grows over nutrition needs of students after school and during summer. And: USDA supporting Bush administration edict to end well-regarded Philadelphia school breakfast and lunch program, source says (click 'See also').

By Michael Alison Chandler

The Washington Post 2009-05-23

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Recession spurs garden plans, cutbacks on alcohol purchases

Nearly 25 percent of younger adults surveyed by Pew (click 'See also') say they plan to plant a 'recession garden' to cut their food bills, about double proportion of older adults who anticipate gardening to save money. Those under age 65 more than twice as likely as older adults to have cut down on spending on alcohol, cigarettes.

By Rich Morin and Paul Taylor

Pew Research Center 2009-05-14

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Obama wants double investment in global food security, feeding children

To aid global food security needs, Obama asks Congress to double financial support for agricultural development to $1 billion in 2010. Plan calls for providing U.S. food aid, capacity building, developmental assistance. He called for doubling funding to $200 million for USDA's McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, which helps support education, child development, and food security for some of the world's poorest children (click 'See also').

USDA 2009-05-07

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Health begins with good diets for families at home, nutritious school meals

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

Tight credit could push food prices up, says UN

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

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Unemployment checks disqualify some Californians for food stamps

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

Solve food, water, energy woes together, UK scientist says

By 2030 UK will need 50 percent more food, energy and 30 percent more water, but all must be considered simultaneously, says UK scientist. Otherwise, shortages could unleash rioting, border conflicts, mass migration as people flee from worst-affected regions. Looming water shortages in China have prompted construction of 59 reservoirs to water from melting glaciers.

By Ian Sample

The Guardian (UK) 2009-03-18

Hungry North Korea refuses U.S. aid

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

Reuters 2009-03-18

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Report: Unite policy to fight food, water, climate woes

Women, children more affected by food, water, climate crises, new report says. Recommendations for governments: Global rights-based approach to water for ecosystems, people; investments in climate-change mitigating potential of agriculture; blending policy approaches to water, agriculture and climate; recognition of women's involvement in farming, food production, water management; inclusion of small-scale farmers in reforming policy.

By Shiney Varghese

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy 2009-03-01

Opinion: Cut hunger risk with more farmers, home gardens, awareness

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

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As ranks of jobless increase, number of food stamp recipients rises

Unemployment rates in Michigan, South Carolina, Rhode Island, California exceed 10 percent; job losses over last six months surpass 3.3 million. Nation's unemployment rate in February was 8.1 percent. And: One-percentage-point increase in unemployment rate leads to 700,000 more food stamp recipients in first year; in longer run, this increase leads to 1.3 million more food stamp recipients, 2002 USDA research shows (click 'See also').

By Julianne Pepitone

CNN Money 2009-03-11

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Chinese grain supply safe despite drought, official says

China's grain supply will not suffer despite worst drought in 50 years, but too early to forecast summer production, official says. Five years of harvest surpluses ensure country can regulate market price. Chinese government providing subsidies, raised purchase price to offset increased production costs, motivate farmers.

Xinhua News Agency 2009-02-12

Obama urges $1 billion more for child nutrition

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

Reuters 2009-02-26

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UN advice on averting 'environmental food crisis'

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

In wheat fields, risk of 'pending disaster' in global agriculture

Devastating wheat epidemic, Ug99, begins to take hold, exposing fragility of food supply in poor countries. Eighty percent of Asian and African wheat varieties now susceptible, along with barley. Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, major wheat producers, most threatened. And: Monsanto, Syngenta say their genetically modified wheat resists fungus, want ban on GM wheat lifted (click 'See also').

By Sharon Schmickle

The Washington Post 2009-02-18

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Fighting downturn with power of growing

Fighting downturn with power of growing

Karla Cook/thefoodtimes

Growing a vegetable garden won't balance budget, replace lost benefits or make up for shock of lost job. But part of our crisis is sense of alienation, powerlessness. You don't meet many alienated gardeners, unless it's been a terrible woodchuck year. And: A deepening drift of seed catalogs and the virtual gardens of winter (click 'See also').

By Verlyn Klinkenborg

The New York Times 2009-02-15

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Joblessness, rising prices and backdrop of 'resource war'

Iraq war will be seen as first 'resource war,' where country used force to secure natural resources, predicts former UK scientific adviser. Same strategy could be used to find and keep fresh water, crop lands, minerals, in light of population growth, dwindling natural resources, rising sea levels. And: Swelling ranks of joblessness, rising prices threaten global stability (click 'See also').

By James Randerson

The Guardian (UK) 2009-02-13

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Opinion: School lunch program is focused path to food policy reform

Opinion: School lunch program is focused path to food policy reform

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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

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USDA nominee vows hunger fight, backing for fruits, vegetables

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

Global warming means hunger, scientists say

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

Reuters 2009-01-09

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Boost sought for food stamp program

Anti-hunger groups lobby Obama for $24 billion over two years to boost food stamp benefits. Nutrition advocates say that handing money to hungry Americans as part of economic stimulus plan is charitable - and good for economy, since money will be spent on food.

CQ Politics 2009-01-06

In New Jersey, a rise in requests for food stamps, other aid

As unemployment in New Jersey reaches 6.1 percent, state sees food stamp applications double and 40 percent rise in number of people seeking welfare over one year. State distributes about 58 percent of its food stamp allotment; cumbersome application process blamed. And: $22.5 million aid plan OK'd in December included $3 million for NJ food pantries (click 'See also').

By Susan K. Livio

The Star-Ledger (NJ) 2009-01-04

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In New Jersey, a rise in requests for food stamps, other aid

As unemployment in New Jersey reaches 6.1 percent, state sees food stamp applications double and 40 percent rise in number of people seeking welfare over one year. State distributes about 58 percent of its food stamp allotment; cumbersome application process blamed. And: $22.5 million aid plan OK'd in December included $3 million for NJ food pantries (click 'See also').

By Susan K. Livio

The Star-Ledger (NJ) 2009-01-04

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Grocery-buying ability precarious for half in New York

One in two New Yorkers has trouble affording groceries, and almost one in four would need immediate food assistance after sudden loss in income, poll shows. In Manhattan, 34 percent of residents said they needed help; in Bronx, 55 percent said they did. In New York, 1.3 million use some sort of food assistance - food stamps, food pantry, soup kitchen.

By Adam Rose

The New York Observer 2008-12-17

Opinion: Childhood hunger a national disgrace

One in eight Americans, up from 2006, sometimes struggled for food - before economic downturn. Some 691,000 children went hungry at some point last year. Hungry children can't concentrate on learning. Congress must increase child nutrition funding, use food stamp boost to stimulate economy. And: Record food stamp use in September (click 'See also').

The editors

The Buffalo News 2008-11-28

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Opinion: Repairing safety net for growing ranks of poor

As ranks of poor grow, Congress should accurately measure poverty considering changes in food costs, addition of costs for child care, health care, and regional differences in cost of living. It also must boost food stamps, modernize unemployment compensation system and strengthen governments to help those in need.

The editors

The New York Times 2008-11-26

Joblessness, high food prices, push food stamp use up

Number of Americans on food stamps nears record; visits to food pantries in D.C. area up 20 to 100 percent. Rising unemployment, rising food prices among causes - food-stamp benefit fell below cost of USDA's thriftiest diet for a family of four. In U.S., 11.9 million people went hungry at some point last year, including 700,000 children.

By Jane Black

The Washington Post 2008-11-25

Report on 2025 predicts fighting - maybe for food

Dwindling resources - water and food - and climate change, growing populations will contribute to regional conflicts, global instability, says Global Trends 2025. National Intelligence Council report (click 'See also') for policymakers says Middle East, parts of Africa, eastern Europe, Asia at greatest risk.

By Peter Finn and Walter Pincus

The Washington Post 2008-11-21

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S. Korea, others see foreign farmland as hedge against grain price hikes

In effort to cut dependence on U.S. imports, South Korean firm plans million-acre corn field on land just leased for 99 years in Madagascar. Daewoo hopes to harvest five million tons of corn annually by 2023. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, seeking similar agricultural investments in Africa or Asia while Angola, Ethiopia seek partnerships with countries in need.

BBC 2008-11-19

Food supply short as political stalemate continues in Zimbabwe

At least 1 million people could starve to death in a year if political deadlock in Zimbabwe continues, Morgan Tsvangirai, opposition leader warns. UN food agency, running short on funds, reduces corn, bean rations to 4 million people. Plea for $140 million for food from now till April harvest unheeded, World Food Program says, and food will run out in January.

BBC News 2008-11-11

World hunger needs Obama's attention, says UN

Fighting world hunger should be priority for Barack Obama, says UN leader. Effort needs $30 billion a year to boost rural infrastructure, farm productivity and wages of farmers. Record crop yields have reduced immediate problems, but agency fears that financial crisis will trigger another food price surge. Farmers have cut back on planting in response to high fuel, fertilizers prices and lower prices for grains.

By Svetlana Kovalyova

Reuters 2008-11-07

Layoffs accelerate, reducing priorities to food, shelter

Food, shelter, doctor visits are only priorities in consumer pocketbook lockdown as layoffs accelerate, so other industries suffer. And: One-percentage-point increase in unemployment rate leads to 700,000 more food stamp recipients in first year and eventually, 1.3 million more food stamp recipients, says 2002 USDA report (click 'See also').

By Aaron Smith

CNN Money 2008-11-07

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Opinion: Viewing global food crisis as critical foreign policy

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

After Pakistan quake, children beg for food

Food, water, tents distributed to survivors of Pakistan earthquake near Afghanistan border, but there's not enough to go around. Children beg for food from passing aid trucks. UN plans initial delivery of flour, lentils, salt from nearby warehouses. More than 300 dead, 20,000 homeless. China, Japan, U.S., Turkey offer help.

By Ed Johnson and Farhan Sharif

Bloomberg 2008-10-31

Food crisis, poverty intensify with flagging economy

Global food crisis worsens with financial tumult, pulling incomes of additional 119 million people below poverty line; rich countries haven't made good on their $12.3 billion aid promise from summer. Prices for wheat, corn, soybean futures are down, lowering incentives for growing crops, and China's export tax on fertilizer leaves Africa's customers without.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha and Stephanie McCrummen

The Washington Post 2008-10-26

Foreign aid crucial to U.S. standing, says Bush

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

On World Food Day, hunger is main topic

World's promises to modernize agricultural practices and support third-world farmers remain unkept, UN speaker charges. Experts say ranks of hungry likely to grow from 920 million to 970 million this year. Only 10 percent of $12 billion pledged by world governments has arrived, and bulk was earmarked for famine relief, not longer-term agricultural aid to make future famines less likely.

By Shawn Pogatchnik

The Associated Press; Winnipeg Sun (Ca) 2008-10-17

Food price crisis forces poorest to eat less

Many in developing world - especially Philippines, Panama, Kenya - cut back on eating because of food costs in last year, new study shows. Food costs expected to begin decline as lower oil prices bring price of fertilizer, fuel lower.

BBC 2008-10-15

Opinion: Candidates must address hunger, food shortages

Eve of World Food Day was missed opportunity for presidential candidates to discuss hunger, poverty. Starvation kills a child every five seconds; nearly one billion people go hungry daily. Both candidates must speak specifically about proposals to address global hunger, food shortages. And: To join anti-povery effort, click 'See also.'

The editors

The Capital Times (Madison, WI) 2008-10-16

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Opinion: Fuel crops with sunshine, not oil, to solve nation's big problems

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

As factions battle and Somali pirates sail, millions starve

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

Economic tumult pushes more onto food stamps

Food stamp use sharply up over last year - nearly one in 10 people participated in July (latest information available). Rise reflects broader national economic distress, 'pain on Main Street,' but doesn't yet reflect upheavals of last few months, including loss of 159,000 jobs in September.

By Michael E. Ruane

The Washington Post 2008-10-04

Opinion: How does Wall Street rate over hungry Americans?

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

Digging fish ponds yields myriad benefits in Malawi

In Malawi, where one in five adults has HIV/AIDS, ecologist digs backyard fish ponds for farmers and benefits accrue. Childhood malnutrition in region drops from 45 to 15 percent; affected households double income; residents eat more fresh fish and more corn grows via irrigation. Success means expansion into Mozambique, Zambia, but demand for fingerling tilapia has pushed prices up.

By David Biello

Scientific American 2008-08-20

Gates, Buffett foundations boost Africa's small farms

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

Higher prices, diminished services squeeze retirees

Economic downturn hits retirees. Those who rely mostly on Social Security may not suffer directly from stock market woes, but they face higher food, gas and health care prices and reductions in volunteer services like Meals on Wheels, trimmed because of fuel costs.

By John Leland and Louis Uchitelle

The New York Times 2008-09-23

Texas distributes food, water after Hurricane Ike

Hurricane survivors wait for food, drinking water as Texas attempts cleanup after catastrophe. Galveston official worries about disease; residents have no electricity, running water or working toilets. In Houston, residents told to boil water; those in need were to receive two packages of ready-to-eat meals, two boxes of bottled water and bag of ice.

By P.J. Huffstutter and David Zucchino

Los Angeles Times 2008-09-15

Nutrition a new role for food pantries

In West Virginia, increase in needy coincides with food pantry organizers' understanding that diet-related disease is common. Some faith-based pantries become more selective about donations; each new client gets health screening before being invited to shop.

By Tara Tuckwiller

The Gazette-Mail (Charleston, WV) 2008-09-14

'Humanitarian emergency' in remote, poor North Korea

Feeding 6.3 million North Koreans to avert famine will cost half a billion dollars in emergency food aid in next 15 months, UN says. U.S. just delivered 110,000 tons of food, but bad weather, price hikes, export restrictions and political maneuvering have kept stores low. And: Roughly a third of country's children, mothers are malnourished (click 'See also').

By Peter Ford

The Christian Science Monitor 2008-09-04

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Zimbabwe aid ban lifted after U.N., U.S. pleas

Zimbabwe, once breadbasket but now in sixth year of food aid, lifts ban on aid after three-month standoff. Lag left up to 1.7 million left out of registration for food, other needs. Mugabe had claimed some groups fed only election opposition; U.S. says Mugabe used schoolchildren's food as political weapon. Meanwhile, 45 percent of citizens will be in need by January; they will forage, sell possessions and eat fewer meals to survive. For snapshot, click 'See also.'

By Celia W. Dugger

The New York Times 2008-08-29

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Feeding refugees between storms in Haiti

In Haiti, UN begins distributing high-energy biscuits, water to 40,000 in shelters after three storms in less than three weeks. Thousands still isolated as Hurricane Ike approaches. Country was already reeling from rising prices and government disorder after food riots in April unseated prime minister. And: In Haiti's slums, sun-baked pies made with butter, salt, water and dirt (click 'See also').

By Jonathan M. Katz

The Associated Press; The Globe and Mail (Canada) 2008-09-06

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In Haiti, storms erase efforts to reduce food dependence

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

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Opinion: Solving global food crisis is moral obligation

Opinion: Solving global food crisis is moral obligation

Joe Biden

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; 2008-05-23

Opinion: Toward food security in Latin America

Latin America is major food producer, but sometimes must import to prevent shortages. Political left turn was tied to food problem - Brazil's 'Zero Hunger' plan, Argentina's price controls, Venezuela's land reform. Assuring food security must avoid protectionism and requires new international regime of free trade for agricultural commodities.

By Khatchik Der Ghougassian

Journal of Turkish Weekly 2008-08-18

Food costs push school lunch to 'point of crisis'

As 75 percent of school districts prepare to raise lunch prices to offset rising costs of milk, bread, vegetables, nutrition directors worry that students won't have money to eat and that cafeterias will return to serving cheaper processed fare. Congress asked to to increase assistance and to make meals free for all students.

By James Vaznis

The Boston Globe 2008-07-16

Opinion: With malnutrition on rise, city needs plan

When one in eight families who bring children to Maryland emergency room are undernourished, there's growing need for nutrition programs. Baltimore officials are right to urge physicians to screen young patients for malnutrition and refer families to food pantries. But encouraging families to get help isn't enough; city needs a plan.

The editors

The Baltimore Sun 2008-07-18

Poverty measure proposal reflects cheaper food

New federal poverty measure proposal accounts for diminished role of food in household spending (down from one third, in 1969, to one-eighth). New measurement includes spending on food, clothing, shelter, transportation, utilities, medical expenses and food stamps or housing subsidies. Measure determines eligibility for public assistance.

By Keith B. Richburg

The Washington Post 2008-07-14

Opinion: Not feeding the hungry is a moral issue

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

Biofuels pushed food prices up 75 percent, report says

Secret report says EU, U.S. drive for biofuels pushed food prices up 75 percent, contradicting U.S. assertion that plant-derived fuels contribute less than 3 percent to food-price rises. Biofuels affected prices by diverting grain from food, encouraging farmers to set land aside for biofuel production and by sparking financial speculation in grains.

By Aditya Chakrabortty

The Guardian (UK) 2008-07-04

Depending on donations in Mumbai

In Mumbai, a charity restaurant sells meals of rice and lentil gruel for a quarter, and broken, drifting men wait outside in rows for donations so they can eat.The city, formerly known as Bombay, has been home to 'hunger cafes,' where the poorest depend on the master's sense of paternalistic obligation.

By Anand Giridharadas

The New York Times 2008-06-17

Opinion: For future of salmon, stop eating it

Wild salmon collapse sends message: Don't eat it. Farm-raised is no better: Offshore net-cages dot long stretches of the west coast of the Americas. In Chile, overcrowding in those feedlots led to epidemic salmon anemia, fatal to millions of fish; in Canada, which supplies U.S. with 40 percent of its farmed salmon, sea-lice - a type of parasite - breed on farmed fish and then infect wild pink salmon.

By Taras Grescoe

The New York Times 2008-06-09

Opinion: Tending the ecosystem to feed the food system

Despite crisis, there is little attention to underpinning of all of our food systems - biodiversity and services provided by ecosystems, such as soil, water and resilience to disasters. We must change food systems from existing manufactured model to more environmentally-friendly inputs. Other complications: inequitable trade rules, agricultural subsidies and marginalization of small producers.

By Gonzalo Oviedo

BBC News 2008-06-02

Roots of a crisis mired in politics, funding and strife

Unless causes of food crisis are addressed, emergencies will continue. World leaders 12 years ago declared they would halve world hunger by 2015, but plans for cooperation, action, and increased aid and help were ignored or squandered, mostly because of military or political conflicts or poverty, plus declining foreign interest in agricultural development.

By Kent Garber

U.S. News & World Report 2008-05-30

Food stamp use rises

Wisconsin food stamp enrollment rises 10 percent in last year, faster than national average. Officials cite rise of 33 percent for a typical basket of groceries; easy online sign-up; and the now-voluntary job-training program. Federal government pays benefits - monthly average was $186.85 in 2007 - but Wisconsin pays half of administrative costs - $24.2 million in the 2007 fiscal year.

By Stacy Forster

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 2008-05-26

Scrutiny on food waste

As food crisis deepens and environmental alarms sound, calls are renewed for food recovery and gleaning, as well as composting to reduce methane belched from landfills. Americans discard 27 percent (a pound a day per person), Britons toss a third. In Africa, improper storage spoils a quarter or more of the crops before they can be eaten.

By Andrew Martin

The New York Times 2008-05-18

Opinion: Food stamps access

California food stamp rules are punitive, shameful and miserly. Government must help the two million needy Californians get food stamps and bring in hundreds of millions of additional federal dollars to low-income families. It is foolish and unconscionable not to seize the chance to prevent hunger.

The editors

The Mercury News (CA) 2008-05-19

Leading edge of famine

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

U.S. food aid to N. Korea

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

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Opinion: Garden for homeland security

Food again is vital to our national security. We don't want a repeat of food riots that occurred during the Civil War, the Panic of 1893, and the Great Depression. As it did in World War I, government should allocate funds to promote national school, home and community gardening. Back then, Uncle Sam said, "Garden!" and millions of Americans picked up their hoes.

By Daniel J. Desmond and Rose Hayden-Smith

Ventura County Star 2008-05-04

Opinion: Fixing food crisis

Food crisis requires decisive leadership from U.S., and should include: vetoing farm/food bill unless Congress slashes subsidies and caps income eligibility at $250,000; refilling UN food program's empty coffers; buying food directly grown from farmers in poor countries; investing in agriculture efficiency; and suspending or reducing the U.S. ethanol mandate.

The editors

Chicago Tribune 2008-05-01

Potato power

Potato could help solve world hunger, advocates say. The tuber, native to Peru and in 5,000 varieties, can be grown in almost any climate, requires little water, matures quickly, has higher yields than wheat or rice and contains protein and calcium. Peru pushes bakers to use potato flour instead of wheat version; school children, prisoners and the military are eating potato bread. China is top potato producer.

By Terry Wade

Reuters 2008-04-15

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Empty bowls, empty desks

Stung by rising rice prices, Cambodia plans to suspend 450,000 students' free breakfast of rice, tuna and yellow split peas. Only the most destitute schools were eligible for program, but the meals were an immediate hit. Well-fed students are more attentive, tardiness is no longer a problem, and attendance by girls, who for years had been kept home, has increased sharply.

By Thomas Fuller

International Herald Tribune 2008-04-28

Honey buns and the bottom line

As manufacturing jobs in Michigan are lost, one eight residents receives food stamps and processed snacks - honey buns at two for a dollar - win over expensive fruits. Other cost-cutting measures include eating at home and buying in bulk. 'Milk costs as much as gasoline,' says one mom. 'We tell the kids not to take too much. We tell them if you're going to take (milk), make sure you drink all of it.'

By Nicole Gerring

The Times Herald (MI) 2008-04-20

Hunger, and despair

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

Rodent invasion, then hunger

Rodent invasion, then hunger

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Forecasting famine when hundreds of thousands of acres of bamboo blossom every 50 years, residents of tiny Indian town prepare, but still are inundated by rats. Rodents eat the avocado-like fruit, mate, then swarm to rice paddies, grain harvests, food stockpiles and seeds for next season. Twenty years of civil unrest followed the 1959 flowering and famine.

By Amelia Gentleman

The New Zealand Herald 2008-04-01

Rage, hunger and mud pies

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

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Rice shortages and climate change

Many scientists believe that Australia's six-year drought, which has reduced rice crop by 98 percent, is sign that warming planet is affecting food production. Some farmers are switching from thirsty rice to wheat or to more lucrative wine grapes. Experts worry that rainfall patterns and crop choice shifts threaten poor countries that import rice as a dietary staple. Global rice reserves have dropped by half since 2000.

By Keith Bradsher

The New York Times 2008-04-17

Bush: Concerned about food crisis

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

Reuters 2008-04-14

'Put our money where our mouth is'

Food prices, shortages more threatening to stability than market slump, say leaders of World Bank and International Monetary Fund at meeting. They ask richest countries for help to prevent starvation and disorder in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Food shortages have caused political instability in Haiti, Egypt, the Philippines and Indonesia. Participants seemed self-conscious about discussing bank losses versus hunger.

By Steven R. Weisman

The New York Times 2008-04-13

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Hunger in Bangladesh

First food, then school, says a 13-year-old boy in line for rice, as food shortages worsen in Bangladesh, critics threaten protests and an official suggests switching to potatoes. Floods and tornado last year ruined three million tons of food crops and left millions homeless. Military-backed government opens 6,000 outlets to sell rice at half price, but is low on supplies, critic says. India has agreed to ship 400,000 tons of discounted rice there.

By Julhas Alam

The Associated Press; International Herald-Tribune 2008-04-11

Using food stamps

Rising food and fuel prices paired with layoffs likely to bring food stamp recipients to record 28 million. In Michigan, one in eight residents now receives food stamps; in Ohio and in New York, about one in 10. Benefits average $100 a month per family member, and are adjusted each June according to the price of USDA bare-bones 'thrifty food plan' (click 'See also).

By Erik Eckholm

The New York Times 2008-03-31

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On edge in Ohio

About 10 percent - 1.1 million people - of Ohio's population is receiving food stamps. Another 500,000 are eligible for the $100 monthly benefit, poverty experts say. Economy, loss of manufacturing jobs are root of problem, but rising costs of transportation and food have 'pressed folks to the edge.'

The Enquirer (OH) 2008-03-24

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Emergency appeal

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

Opinion: Worth of a child

The grinding work of fighting climate change is expensive and a distraction from needs of today, and children usually get stiffed (they are poorer than the elderly). But it is insurance against the chance of an unfathomable future of environmental disruption, species extinction and hunger.

By Eduardo Porter

The New York Times 2008-03-14

Opinion: Twice as nice

Michigan lawmakers' plan to divvy up food stamp distribution to twice a month, rather than just once, is a good idea that will address immediate hunger, help with budgeting, and provide for its 1.2 million clients more opportunity to buy fresh foods. Additionally, it will aid grocers and soup kitchens, which often experience an imbalance of traffic early, and late in the month, respectively.

The editors

Battle Creek Enquirer 2008-03-12

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Backlog at port blocks food aid

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

Middle class threat on global food security

Appetite of growing middle class in China, India for meat and processed food is more immediate threat than climate change, says UK scientific adviser, a student of chaos theory. Global food security requires a substantial investment in modern agriculture and irrigation. Higher food prices force poor to even less-balanced diets, with short- and long-term health consequences.

By Roger Highfield

The Telegraph (Great Britain) 2008-03-06

Food prices continue rising, sowing unrest

UN spokesperson predicts high food prices until at least 2010. Hardest-hit countries: Zimbabwe, Eritrea, Haiti, Djibouti, the Gambia, Tajikistan, Togo, Chad, Benin, Burma, Cameroon, Niger, Senegal, Yemen and Cuba. In Afghanistan, wheat rose more than 60 percent in 2007; in Bangladesh, rice went up 70 percent; in El Salvador, food prices doubled in 18 months. Anger over food prices has led to riots in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Senegal and Morocco.

BBC News 2008-03-06

Actress for hunger relief

Actress for hunger relief

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Drew Barrymore announced her $1 million donation for hunger relief on the 'Oprah Winfrey Show.'

Drew Barrymore donates $1 million to UN's World Food Program to fight world hunger. The actress spoke of the world's abundance, then asked, 'Isn't it crazy that people are still dying because they can't get enough to eat?' The agency says it needs $500 million more than it budgeted this year because of the rising food and energy prices.

CBS News; The Associated Press 2008-03-03

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Opinion: Blocking starvation, now and later

Rich world's greed for biofuels pushes food prices out of reach for poorest neighbors. Wealthy countries must first ensure the hungry are fed, but Congress, too, must take a hard look at the effect of corn-based ethanol on food supplies - just as new energy bill requires exam of environmental effects. And it must move toward ending commodities subsidies.

The editors

The New York Times 2008-03-03

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Less for the hungry

Skyrocketing grain prices hit world's poorest while devastating budgets of emergency feeding programs. Administration has no plans to cover the shortfall in farm/food bill, still in negotiations, so food aid workers look at reducing number of countries served and amount of food delivered. Meanwhile, emergency requests increase.

By Anthony Faiola

The Washington Post 2008-03-01

Civil unrest of hunger

While many farmers profit, skyrocketing food prices spark riots as they devastate the world's poorest people and the over-burdened government relief programs that are their last resort. Market shelves in Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Senegal and other countries are stocked with food many locals can no longer afford, adding to prospects for chaos.

By Vivienne Walt

Time magazine 2009-02-27

Netting a protein source

Eating crickets, caterpillars and grubs, all rich sources of protein and minerals, can stave off famine, experts say. First step is organizing unregulated, small bug food operations. Possible uses include grinding them into meal then adding to cakes, or adding insects to animal feed. Side benefit would be harvesting crop-hungry swarms of locusts and crickets.

By Michael Casey

The Associated Press; The News-Tribune (WA) 2008-02-24

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Spike in need

As food and fuel prices go up, so goes the need for help. Demand for food stamps is up, strain shows at food banks and religious groups in Rhode Island step in to help. But need is great, and winter 'is the bleakest time for people trying to make ends meet,' says one worker. Another says 'we're seeing middle income people feeling the pinch. The quality of life is diminishing.'

By Gloria Russell

The Westerly Sun (RI) 2008-02-03

Poverty's harsh symptom

Poverty's harsh symptom

Barnes & Noble

Though most of us can't ignore hunger, writing grants and scooping soup won't solve policy problems, Mark Winne writes in "Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty." It's time, he says, to get our heads above the plate and look at the bigger frame. 'We need to say very clearly: We want to end hunger. That will mean a real paradigm shift.'

By Susan Campbell

The Hartford Courant 2008-01-03

Preparing for fewer rainy days

Adjusting crop choices, fertilizer, land use and governance could stave off food shortages as predicted droughts and shifting rainfall patterns reduce crop yields across poor areas of south Asia and southern Africa. Changes expected within 20 years; majority of world's one billion poor depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, Stanford researcher says.

By Mason Inman

National Geographic News 2008-01-31

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Meat-grain-energy link

Like oil, production of meat, which involves 30 percent of all ice-free land, contributes to global warming, deforestation, water pollution and possibly antibiotic resistance, as well as hunger in poor regions. With U.S. protein consumption well above dietary guidelines, switching to mostly plants would benefit the Earth, our waistlines and animals involved.

By Mark Bittman

The New York Times 2008-01-27

After the cyclone

Thailand, UN, pledge to help Bangladesh, which faces serious food shortages in face of skyrocketing rice prices after damage of Cyclone Sidr. After paperwork is completed, shipment of rice will take two weeks to reach Bangladesh from Thailand, official says.

By Mizan Rahma

Gulf Times (Qatar) 2008-01-06

Emergency rations

UN commits $126 million over one year in emergency assistance to feed more than a million Iraqis displaced by war in their country. Refugees within Iraq will receive wheat flour, white beans and vegetable oil; those who fled to Syria will be given rice, lentils and vegetable oil.

United Press International 2008-01-05

Hunger pains

Rationing can stave off starvation for a while, experts say. Then there are desperate measures, including biscuits of butter, bouillon and dirt in Haiti; roasted mice in Malawi, lentils containing a known neurotoxin in Bangladesh; sieved seeds from anthills in Africa; and strapping flat stones across stomachs to lessen the pangs in Eritrea.

By Donald G. McNeil Jr.

The New York Times 2004-05-23

Refugee hunger

Beans, lentils and cooking oil are among emergency food stores on the way to the 100,000 Kenyan refugees who could face starvation after post-election violence that has killed 300. But 75 food-laden trucks, and humanitarian flights, have been stopped because of safety concerns.

By Madeline Chambers

Reuters 2008-01-04

Food, fast

To help the hungry, Forgotten Harvest workers rescue perishable and prepared food from restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries and others, then move fast to get it to soup kitchens, pantries and shelters across Detroit.

Shawn D. Lewis

The Detroit News 2007-12-07

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Feeding the family

Prices of everyday, nutritious foods are slipping out of reach while those of some junk foods are dropping, two-year study of supermarkets finds. Best buys, researchers say, are frozen and canned vegetables, which often have equal nutrition as fresh foods, but are cheaper.

By Lynda V. Mapes

The Seattle Times 2007-12-05

Adding to aid

Government adds fruits, vegetables and whole grains, then reduces quantity of dairy and eggs in Women, Infants and Children nutrition program for poor families. The changes, in response to new dietary guidelines, are first of significance in nearly 30 years.

By Frederic J. Frommer

The Associated Press 2007-12-05

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Stretched thin

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

Coming cold

With fuel oil prices rising in rural Maine, life for elderly gets harder. Former workers, many in the state's food industries - fish, lobster, clams, sardines, potatoes, blueberries - are eating beans and biscuits and can't afford bingo at the VFW but figure that others are worse off.

By Erik Eckholm

The New York Times 2007-11-24

Opinion: Fat problem

Regarding the government's report on food insecurity, know that it's not the same as true hunger, that most occurrences are episodic, and that many people reporting food insecurity are obese, not because they can't afford beans or milk, but because they eat too much sugary, fatty food and exercise too little.

By Robert Rector

National Review 2007-11-21

Bank on it

After one meal of turkey with all the trimmings, 35 million Americans resume their places in line at soup kitchens, food banks and food stamp offices. It's time to rethink our devotion to food donation, and concentrate on ending poverty.

By Mark Winne

Washington Post 2007-11-18

Disaster zone

Supplies of clean drinking water dwindle, raising chances of cholera and diarrhea for survivors in Bangladesh. Deadly typhoon, which followed disastrous springtime floods, has affected about 2.74 million, killed about 242,355 livestock and ruined up to 75 percent of crops.

By Jay Shankar

Bloomberg News 2007-11-19

Hunger fatality

Hunger fatality

Six-year-old child killed and 11 people wounded as villagers' demand for food turns into rock-throwing and police open fire in response. The refugees had been driven from their homes three weeks ago by fighting between government forces and rebels in Congo.

Reuters 2007-11-05

Farming infrastructure

Soaring food prices blamed on both biofuels craze and oil prices hit Africa hard, but focused effort on promoting farming, which provides both sustenance and income in rural areas, could help poor participate in the global economy.

By Alistair Thomson

Reuters 2007-11-02

Opinion: Hunger relief

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

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On the plate

Georgia reaches one millionth meal served through its venison donation program; hunger-relief organizations have fed 65,000 a year with meat distributed through the state's association of food banks.

Dawson Times (GA) 2007-10-22

Ready to cook

To butcher donated venison for Minnesota's food pantries, Minnesota legislature sets aside $160,000 and raises price of non-resident hunting license $5; hunters can also keep their deer but donate $1, $3, or $5 to the food shelf cause when they buy deer license at electronic license stations.

By John Cross

The Free Press (MN) 2007-10-27

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Safe passage?

UN pleads for terror-free delivery of emergency food to millions of hungry Afghan refugees; humanitarian group counts 30 attacks on food convoys this year, up from five last year, and food losses of a ton.

The Associated Press; International Herald-Tribune 2007-10-29

Hunger and HIV

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

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Juggling higher rent, food and energy bills, U.S. families living paycheck-to-paycheck are eating more pasta and peanut butter to make ends meet; convenience stores report increased sales of emergency food items like milk and eggs and food pantries scramble to close the gaps.

By Anne D'Innocenzio

The Associated Press; Business Week 2007-10-19

Price panic

Food prices, already protested in Niger, Guinea, Yemen and Mexico, could trigger riots, warns Jacques Diouf, UN food chief; food costs require the bulk of poor citizens' incomes, with more than 2 billion living on $2 a day and vulnerable to price hikes in cereals, vegetable oils and dairy.

By David Brough

Reuters 2007-10-24

Feed the flu

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

Less hungry

In paradigm shift from corn/soy mix that requires water, anti-hunger groups find success in feeding malnourished and starving children with sweet-tasting paste made from peanuts, peanut oil, powdered milk and powdered sugar, and fortified with vitamins and minerals.

By Debra J. Saunders

San Francisco Chronicle 2007-10-25

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Hunger embarrassment

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

Costly changes

Biofuels hunger plus growing middle class in Asia and Latin America drive worldwide demand for corn, wheat and other staples, causing tenacious hikes in grocery bills; grain stockpiles down to 30-year low and humanitarian groups worry about feeding world's poor.

By Scott Killman

Wall Street Journal 2007-09-28

Corn conundrum

Praying to the god of corn has its price: nitrogen waste in the waterways, taxpayer money feeding the industry, low-nutrition meat from animals that eat it, but it provides a fertile field of medical research, and in Mexico, growing corn is the only way one farmer ensures his wife's tortillas have the authentic taste.

By Hugh Dellios

Chicago Tribune 2007-09-09

Young hunger:

Initiative to address children's needs begins with hunger relief in Iowa town after principal learns that student wasn't fed dinner for three nights in a row; poor nutrition diminishes cognitive and physical growth, and children who feed themselves lack ability to make good choices, expert say.

By Erik Hogstrom

Telegraph-Herald (IA) 2007-09-16

A perfect storm?

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

Opinion: Healing garden:

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

Fighting hunger:

Seattle's Lettuce Link, which teaches gardening, nutrition and cooking to low-income population, helps fill coffers of food pantries and hot meal food banks whose regular donors are on summer vacation.

By Ann Lovejoy

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) 2007-08-17

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Picking plenty:

For fruit tree owners tired of picking peaches and apples, or plums raining down from their trees, there's Community Fruit Tree Harvest, which connects them to Seattle volunteers who can harvest the fruit and deliver it to local food banks and meal programs.

By Kathy Mulady

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) 2007-08-19

Feeding the hungry:

Religious brother skips "jogging for Jesus," instead choosing to spend the last 25 years growing potatoes, beans, squash, carrots, beets, raspberries and other staples in a massive garden, most of which goes to community food bank in Canada.

By Andrew Hanon

Edmonton Sun (Canada) 2007-08-20

Opinion: Vietnam

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

No, thank you

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)

Fixing the system:

Religious groups mobilize around the farm/food bill, speaking of justice and the urgent need to fix broken food system, from nutrition programs and energy policy to farmers and the wellbeing of the people they feed.

By Joe Orso

La Crosse Tribune; Associated Press, Wisconsin State Journal 0000-00-00

Opinion: Hungry children, fed:

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 editors

The Daily News Tribune (MA) 2007-08-28

Growing sprouts

Community activists gather and build a garden for children in apartment complex; the program is part of a larger effort of education on nutrition, food security and self-sufficiency in Ohio community.

By Mike Ludwig

The Athens News (OH)

Fish in decline:

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

Washington Post

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Farming the future

In unusual and win-win partnership between county and charity, inmates farm to benefit Milawaukee's poor, who eat asparagus, corn, cantaloupe and green beans in season, and hunger relief group runs the operation.

By Erica Perez

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Food/Farm bill:

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)