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Ship bringing agricultural products. Photo: FAO
August 26, 2016
See ‘A Floating Threat: Sea Containers Spread Pests and Diseases’  by the FAO. Some $1.1 trillion worth of agricultural products are traded internationally each year. Photo: FAO

Global

Ships bring your coffee, snack and TV set, but also pests and diseases

by Baher Kamal Inter Press Service

While oil spills garner much public attention and anguish, the so-called “biological spills” represent a greater long-term threat and do not have the same high public profile.  ...

Egypt's Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafi attends the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) in Sharm el-Sheikh, in the South Sinai governorate, south of Cairo, Egypt March 14, 2015. Photo: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
August 26, 2016
Egypt’s Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafi attends the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) in Sharm el-Sheikh, in the South Sinai governorate, south of Cairo, Egypt March 14, 2015.  Photo: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Africa

Egypt’s wheat corruption scandal takes down embattled supply minister

by Eric Knecht and Maha El Dahan Reuters

Parliamentarians who formed a fact-finding commission to investigate the fraud have said upwards of 2 million tons, or 40 percent of the locally procured crop, may be missing....

United States

The wealthy have nearly healed from recession. The poor haven’t even started.

August 21, 2016 by Jim Tankersly Washington Post

The Great Recession and the subsequent recovery from it have deepened the wedge between the very wealthy and everyone else in America, plunging the poor deeper into debt and wiping out two-fifths of the wealth held by families in the heart of the mid...

South Sudan, 2016: Girls wash foraged wild greens in a river’s unsafe waters. Photo: © UNICEF/UN25843/Everett
August 19, 2016

Africa

South Sudan: Girls wash foraged wild greens in a river’s unsafe waters

by UNICEF

South Sudan, 2016: Girls wash foraged wild greens in a river’s unsafe waters, in the Torit region in Eastern Equatoria State, where late rains and insecurity in the region have led to failed crops and severe food insecurity, especially for the poor...

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August 17, 2016

Agriculture & Nutrition

Can we feed 10 billion people on organic farming alone?

by John Reganold The Guardian

In a time of increasing population growth, climate change and environmental degradation, we need agricultural systems that come with a more balanced portfolio of sustainability benefits. Organic farming is one of the healthiest and strongest sectors ...

Hillary Clinton in Des Moines on Wednesday. She is scheduled to speak about her economic plans on Thursday near Detroit. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times
August 13, 2016
Hillary Clinton in Des Moines on August 10. Photo: Sam Hodgson/The New York Times 

United States

The millions of Americans Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton barely mention: the poor

by Binyamin Appelbaum New York Times

The United States, the wealthiest nation on Earth, also abides the deepest poverty of any developed nation, but you would not know it by listening to ...

Voted. Photo: BiblioMama https://www.flickr.com/photos/rbg/5177692772/in/photolist-8Tx2F3-5xMue4-5xRSoW-aBfzyD-5xMucH-5xMubt-pDAvJ2-rMkWM-5rebhg-rQKyQ-4rKm56-br6e8f-bDZSz2-5zi66D-bo3AHY-djLcMM-5zqxCW-5xRSr7-djLepK-4waVPC-ntCo11-5aRUyc-5zgE8T-7gfJ-EeXzN-6hEyVH-JYds3-rMpRX-5xP8VC-rKYAT-bo3AJu-6q5tx-5xy3Mk-fq1P6o-bAXspc-4Ue1Zn-6HHPVD-4h6uh2-bAXsrr-8B6BRB-4gXh4d-4Tg8S-8QMEUG-5gygxF-8vYAvN-5zoVjw-5wbNok-4gTaMn-5uWqqD-4h6sT2
August 11, 2016
Voted.  Also see Maintaining poverty through restrictive voter education laws Photo: ©©  BiblioMama. 

United States

As November approaches, courts deal a series of blows to voter ID laws

by Camila Domonoske National Public Radio

All summer long, the clock has been ticking on voting rights cases.  And the past two weeks, in particular, have been eventful: Five courts in five states ruled against voter ID and proof-of-citizenship laws....

A girl stands beside a laundry line in a poor neighborhood overlooking Cabinda, a heavily guarded territory that accounts for half of Angola’s oil output. Photo: Nichole Sobecki/The Washington Post
August 9, 2016
A girl stands beside a laundry line in a poor neighborhood overlooking Cabinda, a heavily guarded territory that accounts for half of Angola’s oil output.  A yellow fever epidemic in Angola could turn into a global crisis. Photo: © Nichole Sobecki/The Washington Post

Africa

An oil boom made Luanda, Angola the most expensive city in the world. Now it’s in crisis.

by Kevin Sieff Washington Post

A bag of rice can now cost five times what it did a year ago.  The country has not purchased a single dose of malaria medication since last year. In the first three months of 2016, Angola had roughly 1.3 million cases of the disease. At least 3,000...

A prairie strip filled with black-eyed Susans lies next to soybeans on Smith's farm. Photo: Andrew Dickinson/The Washington Post
August 9, 2016
A prairie strip filled with black-eyed Susans lies next to soybeans on Smith’s farm.   Most farmers say the Midwestern prairie chokes crops. But, according to Iowa State University researchers, the wild thicket protects soil from erosion and serves as habitat for hundreds of species, including the threatened Monarch butterfly. Photo: ©Andrew Dickinson/The Washington Post

Agriculture & Nutrition

Iowa farmers ripped out prairie; now some hope it can save them

by Daryl Fears Washington Post

There’s a wild presence in Tim Smith’s corn and soybean field that most farmers kill on sight. He stopped at the edge of a Midwestern prairie, a thicket of tall flowers and grasses more frightening to farmers than any horror movie madman lurking ...

Child being weighed by health care worker to see if the child may be malnourished. ©Matthew Abbott/AP/SIPA
August 9, 2016
Child being weighed by health care worker to see if the child may be malnourished.  “In the Northern Region of Ghana, 30 percent of children under five are stunted or chronically malnourished,” the report said. “This not only affects their growth but also their educational development and economic potential, and consequently the future of the country.” Photo: ©Matthew Abbott/AP/SIPA

Africa

Malnutrition costs Ghana economy $2.6 billion annually

by Dasmani Laary The Africa Report

Ghana loses $2.6 billion annually, or 6.4 percent of its gross national product, due to problems associated with poor nutrition in children, a United Nations report has revealed....

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