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Strikers put up a barrier on the road into the labor camp ot Sakuma Brothers Farms in Burlington, Wash..

These things can change: wages and working conditions in agriculture David Bacon Dollars and Sense April 2015

The state of obesity in the United States J. Levi, L. Segal, R. St. Laurent, and J. Rayburn Robert Wood Johnson Foundation September, 2014 Adult obesity rates remain high in the USA, according to the State of Obesity. The pace of the increase in obesity is beginning to slow, however adult obesity rates increased in six US states last year.

1.5 million missing black men Justin Wolfers, David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy New York Times April 20, 2015

An Arara indigenous village along the Volta Grande (Big Bend) of the Xingú River. Photo Mario Osava/IPS

An Arara indigenous village along the Volta Grande (Big Bend) of the Xingú River, whose flow will be severely reduced when a large part of the water is diverted in a canal that will feed into the Belo Monte dam, which will be the third-largest hydropower station in the world. Photo: Mario Osava/IPS  

Deforestation in the Amazon aggravates Brazil's energy crisis Mario Osava Inter Press Service April 13, 2015

New Kansas rules would limit spending of welfare benefits John Hanna AP/Washington Post April 16, 2015

Adriana Avarez with her son Manny. Photo: David Kasnic/The New York Times

Adriana Alvarez, earns $10.50 an hour as a cashier at a Chicago-area McDonald’s. She depends on Medicaid, a child-care subsidy and food stamps to help care for her 3-year-old son Manny. Photo: David Kasnic/The New York Times  

Working, but needing public assistance anyway Patricia Cohen New York Times April 12, 2015

States tighten conditions for improving food stamps as economy improves Jess Bidgood New York Times April 11, 2015

Firms move to gut California's farm labor law David Bacon Capital and Main April 7, 2015

A well-drilling rig at an almond orchard in Hanford, Calif. Land devoted to water-thirsty almonds has doubled in the state in 20 years. Photo:  Max Whittaker/The New York Times

A well-drilling rig at an almond orchard in Hanford, Calif. Land devoted to water-thirsty almonds has doubled in the state in 20 years. Photo:  Max Whittaker/The New York Times

Beneath California crops, groundwater crisis grows Justin Gillis and Matt Richtel New York Times April 5, 2015

Maximum wage! How much CEOs earn per hour Matt Krantz USA Today April 6, 2015

World Health Day 2015: From farm to plate, make food safe Hunger Notes April 7, 2015
World Health Day 2015: Five food safety tips Judy Stone Forbes April 7, 2015
Food safety law's funding is far below estimated requirement Ron Nixon New York Times April 7, 2015

House legislation supporting USAID Feed the Future program introduced by Rep. Chris Smith Hunger Notes March 30, 2015 Also see Global Food Security Act a critical step forward in ending hunger Daniel Speckhard Roll Call April 7, 2015

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CURRENT EDITORIALS, OPINION, AND LETTERS

The Global Food Security Act of 2015: What it is and why it matters Grace Burton and Louise Iverson Chicago Council on Global Affairs April 29, 2015

Unraveling the enigma of South Asian malnutrition Lawrence Haddad International Food Policy Research Institute April 14, 2015  

What Kansas gets wrong when it tries to control what poor people can do with welfare Emily Badger Washington Post April 17, 2015  

Americans are spending $153 billion a year to subsidize McDonald’s and Wal-Mart’s low wage workers Ken Jacobs Washington Post April 15, 2015  

Monsanto admits an entire department exists to "discredit" scientists Christina Sarich Truthout April 9, 2015

Global Food Security Act a critical step forward in ending hunger Daniel Speckhard Roll Call April 7, 2015

We’re throwing away tons of fruits and veggies for not being pretty enough Anna Lee Washington Post March 13, 2015  

Where do the world's hungriest people live? Not where you think Shenggen Fan Huff Post April 1, 2015

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Letters to the editor

Dear Hunger Notes,
I am a teacher and cannot figure out which two years you are using when stating that the world population has grown 70% in 30 years. This stat seems to be cited widely. Could you please let me know? Thanks for your time. L. S.  British Columbia, Canada

Dear L. S.,
Did we really say that? Please let us know where as we can't locate the quote, and it is wrong. However the information is available. The US Census Bureau estimates for world population over the years are at International Programs - Total Midyear Population for the World: 1950-2050 - U.S. Census Bureau World population in 1984 was 4,774 million and in 2014 was 7,176 million for a growth of 2,402 million or 50.4 percent, not 70 percent. Selecting other years will give somewhat different answers; the population growth rate has slowly been dropping. I hope this answers your question.

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Members of Burundi’s ruling party youth wing on the march. Armed, murderous, militarised, partisan, powerful, unaccountable, uneducated: this is how many in and even outside Burundi describe the Imbonerakure, the youth wing of the ruling party. It, however, dismisses such accusations as opposition propaganda. Photo: Desire Nimubona/IRIN

Who are the Imbonerakure and is Burundi unravelling? Ignatius Ssuuna IRIN News April 28, 2015

The Kenyan government is threatening to dismantle the world’s largest refugee camp in Dadaabb, setting off a panic among the nearly 350,000 people who live here and the international aid organizations that care for them. Photo: Washington Post

Kenya is threatening to close the world's largest refugee camp Kevin Sieff Washington Post April 28, 2015

People burned the bodies of victims at a mass cremation in Katmandu on Sunday. An estimated  2,600 people were killed in the earthquake. Photo: Prakash Mathema/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

People burned the bodies of victims at a mass cremation in Katmandu on Sunday. An estimated  2,600 people were killed in the earthquake. Photo: Prakash Mathema/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Nepal terrorized by aftershocks, hampering relief efforts Thomas Fuller and Gardiner Harris New York Times April 26, 2015

Indian farmer Gajendra Singh stands on a tree before committing suicide during an Aam Aadmi Party rally in New Delhi. Photo: Chandran Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Indian farmer Gajendra Singh stands on a tree before committing suicide during an Aam Aadmi Party rally in New Delhi. Singh hanged himself in front of hundreds of protesters gathered to rally against the government's contentious reform of land purchasing laws. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Farmer’s public suicide in India opens debate over compassion and climate Annie Gowen and Rama Lakshmi Washington Post April 23, 2015

 Migrants grasped the hull of a boat that ran aground near the Greek island of Rhodes on April 20, 2015.   Photo: Loukas Mastis/European Pressphoto Agency

Migrants grasped the hull of a boat that ran aground near the Greek island of Rhodes on April 20, 2015. So far in 2015, about 1,500 people have died aboard smuggling ships bound for Europe. Photo: Loukas Mastis/European Pressphoto Agency  

Rising toll on migrants leaves Europe in crisis; 900 may be dead at sea Jim Yardley New York Times April 20, 2015

Christians who use the language of Jesus being uprooted by Islamic State Hugh Naylor Washington Post April 14, 2015

An unidentified woman from Zimbabwe's Mashonaland Central Province at Manzou Farm packs her tobacco with the help of her children as they prepare to leave following an eviction order. Photo: Jeffrey Moyo/IPS

An unidentified woman from Zimbabwe's Mashonaland Central Province at Manzou Farm packs her tobacco with the help of her children as they prepare to leave following an eviction order. “Land grabs in Africa have helped to perpetuate economic inequalities similar to the colonial era economic imbalances” – Terry Mutsvanga, Zimbabwean rights activist. Photo: Jeffrey Moyo/IPS  

Land seizures speeding up, leaving Africans homeless and landless Jeffrey Moyo Inter Press Service April 8, 2015

A Yemeni drags a sack away from a truck that was allegedly destroyed by an airstrike of the Saudi-led coalition targeting a wheat convoy. Photo: Abdul-Rahman Hwais/EPA  

A Yemeni drags a sack away from a truck that was allegedly destroyed by an airstrike of the Saudi-led coalition targeting a wheat convoy. Photo: Abdul-Rahman Hwais/EPA  

Fighting in Yemen is creating a humanitarian crisis Hugh Naylor Washington Post April 6, 2015 Photo feature: Yemeni civilians in the crossfire Almigdad Mojalli IRIN News April 6, 2015

Inner Mongolian sheepherders, with alunminum smelter in the background. Photo: Gilles Sabrie/Washington PostI

A few years after the smelter, seen in the background,  opened, herders in the area said that their sheep began falling sick, with jaws so painful that they could not eat. Soon, thousands of their animals had died. When they complained, the government simply arrested five of their leaders and forced the others to resettle in the nearby city of Holingol, demolishing their original homes.  Photo: Gilles Sabrie/Washington Post

In China’s Inner Mongolia, mining spells misery for traditional herders Simon Denyer Washington Post April 7, 2015  Chinese riot police crush grasslands protest over chemical pollution Simon Denyer Washington Post April 6, 2015 See HN special report Environment and hunger

A worker holds onions grown on a plot of land sought by India's state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation. Photo: Enrico Fabian/Washington Post

A worker holds onions grown on a plot of land sought by India's state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation.  It hasn't been able to acquire the land because the owners won't sell.  Dhaneshwar Prasad, a farmer whose land is sought, said "Why wouuld I sell this land to the government? This land gives me a life of dignity." Photo: Enrico Fabian/Washington Post

In rural India, farmers will not sell their land for others to develop, so Indian government wants to force them to sell  Rama Lakshmi Washington Post April 6, 2015

Greenhouses grow greenhouses. As far as the eye can see, greenhouses cover the landscape in Almeria, Spain.

Greenhouses grow greenhouses. As far as the eye can see, greenhouses cover the landscape in Almeria, Spain. ‘We are slaves in the sense that we depend for our daily survival upon an expand-or-expire agro-industrial empire – a crackpot machine – that the specialists cannot comprehend and the managers cannot manage. Which is, furthermore, devouring world resources at an exponential rate.’ Edward Abbey. Photo: Yann Arthus Bertrand 

Overpopulation, overconsumption—in pictures. How do you raise awareness about population explosion? One group thought that the simplest way would be to show peopleThe Guardian April 1, 2015 See HN special report Environment and hunger

In this March 3, 2015 photo, a Pakistani villager builds a toilet in Thatta district. Photo: Associated Press

In this March 3, 2015 photo, a Pakistani villager builds a toilet in Thatta district. Photo: Associated Press

UNICEF warns lack of toilets in Pakistan tied to stunting  Associated Press March 30, 2015

6 graphs explain the world's top ten emitters Mengpin Ge, Johannes Friedrich and Thomas Damassa World Resources Institute November 25, 2014  See HN special report Environment and hunger

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Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis Robert D. Putnam
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Empire of Cotton: A Global History Swen Beckert
Reviewed by Daniel Walker Howe Washington Post January 11, 2015
The Fortunes of Africa:  A 5000 Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavor Martin Meredith 
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