Lester Brown: 'Vast dust bowls threaten tens of millions with hunger.' Over his 50-year career, Lester Brown has become known for his accurate global environmental predictions. As he enters retirement, he warns the world may face the worst hunger crisis of our lifetimes.
Suzanne Goldenberg The Guardian February 24, 2015
The 25-cent raise: What life is like after a minimum wage increase
Chico Harlan Washington Post
February 17, 2015
Walmart raising wages to at least $9
Hiroko Tabuchi New York Times February 19, 2015
As Walmart gives raises, other employers may have to go above minimum wage
Neil Irwin New York Times February 20, 2015
A ‘megadrought’ will grip U.S. in the coming decades, NASA researchers say
Darryl Fears Washington Post February 12, 2015
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) costs declining, expected to fall much further.
trend reflects recent benefit reduction and lower caseloads
Dottie Rosenbaum and Brynne
Keith-Jennings Center on Budget and Policy
Priorities February 9, 2015
report (10 page PDF file)
This is a May 28, 1963, file photograph of a sit-in demonstration at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Jackson, Miss., where whites poured sugar, ketchup and mustard over heads of the demonstrators. Seated at the counter, from left, are John Salter, Joan Trumpauer and Anne Moody. Moody, whose memoir “Coming of Age in Mississippi” gave a wrenching account of growing up poor in the segregated South and facing violence as a civil rights activist, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at her home in the small town Gloster, Mississippi. She was 74. (Jackson Daily News, Fred Blackwell, File/Associated Press)
Anne Moody, Mississippi civil rights activist, dies at 74 Associated Press
Washington Post February 7, 2015
Adhanet Kidane, 30, a single mother in Tampa, Fla., earns minimum wage at two fast-food restaurants.
Photo: Edward Linsmier/New York Times
Middle class shrinks further as more fall out instead of climbing up
Dionnne Searcey and Robert Gebeloff New York Times January 25, 2015
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Where and why food prices lead to social upheaval
Cullen S. Hendrix and Stephan M. Haggard
Washington Post February 22, 2015
Beatrice Alvitsa holds a bag of cement: higher millet yields are enabling her to rebuild her home in Kenya. Photo: Mark Anderson/The Guardian
Battle to feed the world pits small farmers against big agriculture. Do small-scale farmers hold the key to fulfilling global goals on hunger and poverty? Or can they only be achieved by large-scale agriculture?
Mark Anderson The Guardian February 19, 2015
Sundown’s fading light shows the destruction in the Sha’af neighborhood of Gaza City after the summer war between Israel and Hamas.
Photo: Heidi Levine/Washington Post
War punishes Gaza.
Half a year after devastating hostilities, life in the region seems worse than ever. Thousands remain displaced, internal violence is increasing – and Hamas is preparing for battle.
William Booth Washington Post
February 13, 2015
Building in the city of Hefei next to surrounding fields – as China’s urbanisation continues at breakneck speed, will its agrarian resources be hit? Photograph: AFP/Getty Image
China's urban sprawl raises key question: can it feed its people? Plans for air hub twice the size of Heathrow will destroy hundreds of farms near Beijing as observers warn unchecked urbanisation will affect food production
Jonathan Kaiman The Guardian February 15, 2015
Former movie star Jayalalitha
Jayaram, pictured in graffiti, was convicted on
corruption charges and forced to step down. She
continues to run the government even though she has
not left her house since she was released on bail in
October. Photo: Annie Gowen/The Washington Post
Ex movie star and convicted politician still running her Indian state Annie Gowen Washington Post February 16, 2015
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systems: Obtaining income
Orange-fleshed sweet potato
is high in beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A
in the body. In sub-Saharan Africa most locally grown varieties are white-fleshed, hence no beta-carotene, and people, as yet, still prefer the white-fleshed varieties. Photograph: Felicity Cloake
Magic mash: reducing child malnutrition with sweet potatoes. A project to introduce orange-fleshed Vitamin-A-rich sweet potatoes to sub-Saharan Africa can improve child health. But can local eating habits be changed?
Ian Low The Guardian February 18,
Smallholder farmers in Africa
are struggling with the effects of climate change.
Photograph: ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images
Creating a fertile future for farmers in Africa. What are the most effective ways of encouraging the development of smallholder farming? Diversification, training and working with the private sector are key
Frederika Whitehead The Guardian February 13, 2015
Pope Francis is seen on a giant screen during his video address to a session of 500 experts drafting the so-called Milan Charter that seeks commitments from governments, organizations and individuals to resolve such issues as food security, decreasing food waste and ensuring biodiversity in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 7, 2015. Pope Francis emphasized the right to food as fundamental saying the paradox of abundance described by Pope John Paul II -- whereby there is food for everyone yet not everyone can eat -- continues to be an issue.
Photo: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Pope addresses right to food in
talk to 500 experts
Colleen Barry Associated Press February 7, 2015
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The right to food
The Dominion Farms’ land grab in Nigeria
Global Justice Now January 2015 See
full report (8 page PDF) See
Ministers must answer to Nigerian land-grab investments
Chris Walker Pambazuka News
February 12, 2015 See HN special repport:
Trade and Hunger
With pollinator declines, millions at risk of malnutrition
Seed Daily January 28, 2015
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pollinators contribute to nutritional
health? PLoSONE April 2014
Neeraj Jagga bought this
apartment in a 4,000-unit complex near New Delhi but said construction had
barely progressed in three years. The developer, Kabul Chawla, has been the
subject of numerous consumer complaints. Photo:
Graham Crouch/ New York Times
Amid complaints in India, a real estate deal in Manhattan
Stephanie Stall and Louise Story New York Times February 9, 2015
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Towers of secrecy: Streams of wealth flow to elite
New York real estate
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systems: Obtaining income