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Anita Pointon shows where the water has to soak over to in order to reach a bed of corn seeds. The water  is still about 6 inches away.  Photo: Lydia DePillis/The Washington Post

Anita Pointon shows where the water has to soak over to in order to reach a bed of corn seeds. Photo: Lydia DePillis/The Washington Post

Drier than the Dust Bowl: waiting for relief in rural America. As wide swaths of rural America suffer through historic drought, they're being left further behind. Lydia DePillis Washington Post July 21, 2014 

Cash crops with dividends: Financiers buying up farmland and selling it in the form of securities to investors Alexandra Stevenson New York Times July 21, 2014

Rhonda Gibson tries to crack a smile with an ice pack on her face after she got a tooth pulled and was still feeling some pain.  Photo: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post

Rhonda Gibson tries to crack a smile with an ice pack on her face after she got a tooth pulled and was still feeling some pain. She's from Coeburn, Va. and has no dental insurance. Photo: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post

At a huge free medical clinic in Southwest Virginia, misery that shouldn’t exist Petula Dvorak Washington Post July 18, 2014

Children do work at a school in the violent Chamelecon neighborhood of San Pedro Sula in Honduras. (Joshua Partlow/The Washington Post)

Children do work at a school in the violent Chamelecon neighborhood of San Pedro Sula in Honduras. In Chamelecon, more than 300 houses have been abandoned, and military police in body armor patrol day and night on Honda dirt bikes. The two main gangs, 18th Street and MS-13, have fought over the area for years, commandeering houses and demanding that residents pay a war tax. “They bleed you,” said Alvin Rolando Baide, 34, who grew up in the neighborhood. “They demand 80 or 90 percent of your salary.” Photo: Joshua Partlow/The Washington Post

Honduran child migrants leave home because of poverty and violence Joshua Partlow Washington Post July 15, 2014 Maryland governor, Obama aides spar over unaccompanied immigrant children Jenna Johnson Washington Post July 16, 2014

Neonicotinoids: A reason millions of bees are dying Terrence McCoy Washington Post July 10, 2014 The case for spider conservation: They keep pests from devouring humans’ food supply Brian Palmer Washington Post July 21, 2014

USAID, partners target preventable deaths. New efforts unveiled to save millions of women, children Board of Church and Society, United Methodist Church July 11, 2014

Three men standing on the dry bed of the Las Canoas lake in Tipitapa, near Managua. Photo: Guillermo Flores/IPS

The Las Canoas lake in Tipitapa, near Managua, dries up every time Nicaragua is visited by the El Niño phenomenon, leaving local people without fish or water for their crops. Photo: Guillermo Flores/IPS

El Niño triggers drought, food crisis in Nicaragua José Adán Silva Inter Press Service July 10, 2014

Can America learn to love misshapen veggies? An ex-Trader Joe's exec's plan to reduce food waste and feed the hungry Elizabeth Segran The Atlantic July 1, 2014

What kept food security from improving after the recession? Alisha Coleman-Jensen Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture July 1, 2014

Scott Newman, center, manager of the Boloco burrito restaurant in Concord, N.H., said the above-average pay enabled him to pick from among many talented job applicants. Photo: Andrea Morales for The New York Times

Scott Newman, center, manager of the Boloco burrito restaurant in Concord, N.H., said the above-average pay enabled him to pick from among many talented job applicants. Photo: Andrea Morales/ New York Times

Paying employees to stay, not to go: Boloco and Shake Shack offer above average pay Steven Greenhouse and Stephanie Strom New York Times July 4, 2014

Veronica Maz was involved in the creation of the organizations So Other Might Eat, House of Ruth and Martha’s Table in the District. (Fred Sweets/The Washington Post)

Veronica Maz was involved in the creation of the organizations So Others Might Eat, House of Ruth and Martha’s Table in the District. (Fred Sweets/The Washington Post)

Veronica Maz, helped start 3 DC social service agencies, dies at 89 Adam Bernstein Washington Post July 1, 2014

Judy Vargas, 28, with her son Isaac, 5, lives in a trailer with her three children, her grandmother, and at times other relatives in Gardendale, a colonia near Cotulla, Tex. Photo: Nicole Bengiveno/New York Times

Boom meets bust in Texas: Atop a sea of oil, poverty digs in Manny Fernandez and Clifford Krauss New York Times June 29, 2014 See associated slide show:  Poverty endures in a Texas colonia Nicole Bengiveno New York Times June 29, 2014  Also see US hunger images and stories

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The places they'll go: Nuns working on the margins Catherine O'Connell-Cahill US Catholic June 2014

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CURRENT EDITORIALS, OPINION, AND LETTERS

The passing of Martin Lueders, conflict photographer Lane Vanderslice Hunger Notes July 18, 2014

US should have tried nation-building in Central America, not Iraq and Afghanistan Robert McCartney Washington Post July 16, 2014

Our bees, ourselves:  Bees and colony collapse Mark Winston New York Times July 14, 2014

Global food security: Why it affects us all Michael Igoe Devex July 7, 2014

Inequality is not inevitable Joseph E Stiglitz New York Times June 27, 2014

The Case for Reparations. Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole. Ta-Nehisi Coates The Atlantic May 21, 2014

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Check out my new song and video called “Mommy, I’m Hungry”. Maybe it can be used to help the cause!  Here is the link:
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Barry David Butler

Dear Barry,
Good song! Thanks very much for sharing it with us. I hope Hunger Notes readers listen to it too. Excellent lyrics.
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A child snacks in her family’s new shelter, at Protection of Civilians (POC) camp III, near UN House, in Juba. Photo: UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

A child snacks in her family’s new shelter, at Protection of Civilians (POC) camp III, near UN House, in Juba. Photo: UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

South Sudanese children starving while aid falling short Julia Hotz Inter Press Service July 15, 2014

Hindu devotees bathed in the polluted waters of the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. Photo: Daniel Berehulak/New York Times

Hindu devotees bathed in the polluted waters of the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. Millions of pilgrims bathe along Varanasi’s ancient riverfront, but a stream of human waste flows directly into the river just above the bathing ghats, steps leading down to the river. Photo: Daniel Berehulak/New York Times

Poor sanitation in India may affect well-fed children with malnutrition Gardiner Harris New York Times July 13, 2014 See more nutrition stories

Which 7 countries are most committed to ending hunger? In a recently published index, researchers analysed the political commitment to hunger and nutrition of 45 developing countries Dolf te Lintelo Guardian Professional July 3, 2014 See the index. See more nutrition stories

Women at Doro refugee camp in South Sudan collect their monthly food rations. Photo: Stephen Graham/IRIN

Women at Doro refugee camp in South Sudan collect their monthly food rations. Photo: Stephen Graham/IRIN

New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa: Funding shortfall has resulted in 50 percent cuts to food aid rations for one-third of African refugees—a large increase in number of refugees accounts for the shortfall IRIN News July 7, 2014

Four Niger women carrying food in baskets atop their heads.  Photograph: IFAD/David Rose

These unique food banks are helping the most vulnerable families in Niger. Photograph: IFAD/David Rose

Gallery: female-run cereal banks help families facing food crisis in Niger. Community food banks in Niger - run exclusively by women—are reducing the impact of the food crisis on local communities Charlotte Seager Guardian Professional June 26, 2014

“Toxic stress”, a relentless cycle of stress inflicted on a child whose parents may be battling to survive, unable to nurture it properly; or where there may be violence, neglect and/or poor nutrition, can result in negative patterning on the baby’s brain that can inhibit intellectual and emotional growth Philippa Garson IRIN News July 6, 2014 See more nutrition stories

Momina Ali, 13, has to take a day off from school to search for water. Photo: Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN

The race to adapt to climate change Jaspreet Kindra IRIN News July 1, 2014  See Hunger Notes special report: Environment and hunger

Using hand tools and draft animals, a family harvests wheat in Ethiopia’s famine-prone highlands.  Photo: Robin Hammond/National Geographic

Using hand tools and draft animals, a family harvests wheat in Ethiopia’s famine-prone highlands. Education has helped small farmers become more efficient, but wheat yields are still a third below the world’s average. With more than a third of Ethiopians malnourished, the government is courting industrial farms to help close the gap. Photo: Robin Hammond/National Geographic

Africa: The next breadbasket? Joel K Bourne, Jr National Geographic June 2014  See Hunger Notes special report: Harmful economic systems: obtaining income
[Is the purchase of vast amounts of land by foreign investors good for poor farmers in Ethiopia and Mozambique? This article provides information. HN Editor]

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Atlas of African agriculture research & development  Kate Sebastian, editor July 22, 2014

Good Food: Grounded Practical Theory Jennifer Ayres Reviewed by the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church February 4, 2014

Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid and NGOs Mark Schuller Reviewed by Beverly Bell Other Worlds Are Possible March 5, 2013 

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