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Mother with child being asked questions by an interviewer to determine if they are food secure.
September 23, 2016
Screening for food insecurity. Every patient admitted to a hospital in the ProMedica network is screened for food insecurity, and those who screen positive receive an emergency food package along with community resource information.  Photo:  ©© Bread for the World  Click to see larger photo.

United States

12.7% of U.S. households are food insecure, Department of Agriculture says

by Hunger Notes

The estimated percentage of U.S. households that were food insecure declined significantly in 2015 to 12.7 percent of U.S. households, according to the Economic Research Service of the Department of Agriculture. This compares to the high of 14.9 p...

United States President Barack Obama addresses the High-level Leaders’ Summit on Refugees. Photo: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
September 23, 2016
United States President Barack Obama addresses the High-level Leaders’ Summit on Refugees which he hosted on the margins of the UN General Assembly general debate. Photo: © UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.


U.N. refugee summits fall short for children

by Phoebe Braithwaite Inter Press Service

As Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini opened the floor for U.S. President Barack Obama’s leaders’ summit on refugees, she embodied a hope unavailable to most child refugees. On Monday, the United States was one of the main countries to obstruct a U...

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar refused entry by border guards in Bangladesh in 2012. Photo: © Anurup Titu/IPS
September 22, 2016
Rohingya refugees from Myanmar refused entry by border guards in Bangladesh in 2012. Photo: © Anurup Titu/IPS


U.N. refugee summit: No cause for comfort

by Tharanga Yakupitiyage Inter Press Service

With record numbers of forcibly displaced persons around the world, many were left disappointed by the outcome of a high level UN summit designed to address the issue by bringing together world leaders on the sidelines of the UN’s annual General As...

Wheat field at harvest time. Photo: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service/Blair Fannin
September 16, 2016
Wheat field at harvest time. See full study estimating wheat’s decline with climate change.  Photo: ©©  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service/Blair Fannin. Click to see larger photo.

Agriculture & Nutrition

Wheat, one of the world’s most important crops, is being threatened by climate change

by Chelsea Harvey Washington Post

A new study published Monday in Nature Climate Change reiterates concerns that wheat — the most significant single crop in terms of human consumption  — might ...

Machine harvesting soybeans. Photo: United Soybean Board
September 16, 2016
Soybean harvest. Photo: ©©  United Soybean Board. Click link to see larger photo.

Agriculture & Nutrition

Behind the Monsanto deal, doubts about the GMO revolution

by Jacob Bunge Wall Street Journal

Farmers are reconsidering the use of biotech seeds as it becomes harder to justify their high prices amid the measly returns of the current farm economy....

Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Government of Southern Sudan. Photo: UN/Jenny Rockett
September 15, 2016
Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Government of Southern Sudan.  Around $4 billion has been “lost” in the 11 years since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, with most coming from oil revenues.  Download full report (66 page PDF). Photo: UN/Jenny Rockett


How South Sudan’s leaders robbed their country – and nearly got away with it

by Karin Zeitvogel IRIN

South Sudan’s political and military leaders have bled their country dry to fuel extravagant lifestyles and fund a war that has claimed tens of thousands of lives and forced millions to flee their homes, says the Washington-based conflict investiga...

A dam along the Cauvery river. Photo: Thangaraj Kumaravel
September 15, 2016
A dam along the Cauvery river. When drought occurs there is not enough river water for all who use it, leading to disputes.  This picture of the Grand Anaicut dam in Tamil Nadu state was taken in 2012, when water levels were higher.  Photo:   © Thangaraj Kumaravel


Why water war has broken out in India’s Silicon Valley

by T.S. Sudhir BBC

Violence has broken out in India's technology hub Bangalore in Karnataka state over a long-running dispute about water. Protesters are angry at a Supreme Court ruling ordering Karnataka to share water from the Cauvery river with neighboring Tamil Nad...

Graffiti on a Baltimore street. Photo: John Brucato/ Flickr
September 15, 2016
Graffiti on a Baltimore street. Photo: John Brucato/ Flickr

United States

U.S. household incomes soared in 2015. Number of people in poverty declines by 3.5 million.

by Jim Tankersley Washington Post

Middle-class Americans and the poor in 2015 enjoyed their best year of economic improvement in decades, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, a spike that broke a long streak of disappointment for American workers but did not fully repair the damage in...

A farm worker harvests romaine lettuce near Mecca, in the Coachella Valley. Photo: © David Bacon
September 14, 2016
A farm worker harvests romaine lettuce near Mecca, in the Coachella Valley, where the temperature this summer reached 115 degrees.  Workers cutting lettuce in this crew are paid by the piece rate, and work so fast they are almost running through the field, bent over double all day. Photo: © David Bacon

United States

In historic move, Gov. Jerry Brown expands overtime pay for California farmworkers

by Jazmine Ulloa and John Myers Los Angeles Times

California governor Jerry Brown signed historic legislation Monday that would gradually add hundreds of thousands of California farmworkers to the ranks of those who are paid overtime after eight hours on the job or 40 hours in a single week,  closi...

Front row: mayonnaise, pork chop, cooking oil.  Back row:  soda, sugar. Photo: Lane Vanderslice/Hunger Notes
September 14, 2016
Sugar tries to hide behind fat. Photo: ©©  Lane Vanderslice/Hunger Notes

United States

How the sugar industry shifted the blame to fat

by Anahad O'Connor New York Times

The sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote ...

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