United States

Meet the man using your leftovers to change Washington, DC for the better

by Tim Ebner Thrillist December 4, 2016

Mike Curtin calls himself Washington, D.C.’s food fighter. It's a title he earns every day by feeding the city's needy through his organization, DC Central Kitchen, a nonprofit located just a few blocks north of the U.S. Capitol. Curtin's...

Arnaud Rousseau, a sixth-generation farmer in France, in a field of rapeseed. Photo: Ed Alcock /The New York Times
Arnaud Rousseau, a sixth-generation farmer in France, in a field of rapeseed. Twenty years ago, Europe largely rejected genetic modification at the same time the United States and Canada were embracing it. Photo: Ed Alcock /The New York Times

Doubts about the promised bounty of genetically modified crops

by Danny Hakim New York Times November 5, 2016

Genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical ...

Three Laokta horsemen.
The Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, which encompasses more than 2.8 million acres, was established in 1889 Photo: Patrick Strickland/Al Jazeera  

Life on the Pine Ridge Native American reservation

by Patrick Strickland Al Jazeera November 5, 2016

A portrait of poverty in America in a place where life expectancy is the second-lowest in the western hemisphere (after Haiti) and 80 percent of people are unemployed....

A Djiboutian soldier enters a dark building during a night vision goggle training exercise in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Oct. 10, 2016. The Djiboutian troops prepare for a two-year deployment to Somalia. Photo: Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton/U.S. Airforce
A Djiboutian soldier enters a dark building during a night vision goggle training exercise conducted by U.S. Army trainers in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Oct. 10, 2016.  The Djiboutian troops prepare for a two-year deployment to Somalia, as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia’s effort to remove al-Shabaab from the region.  Photo: Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton/U.S. Airforce  See larger photo and full story.

In Somalia, U.S. escalates a shadow war

by Mark Mazzetti, Jeffrey Gettleman and Eric Schmitt New York Times October 17, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has intensified a clandestine war in Somalia over the past year, using Sp...

The worker seen here is spraying an antibacterial solution into the turkey pens to prevent disease. Photo: George Steinmetz/The New York Times
Product: Turkeys Facility: Gary’s Gobblers Location: Northeastern Iowa Output: 150,000 turkeys per year.  The worker seen here is spraying an antibacterial solution into the turkey pens to prevent disease. Photo: George Steinmetz/The New York Times  

The dizzying grandeur of corporate agriculture

by George Steinmetz New York Times October 12, 2016

Our industrialized food system nourishes more people, at lower cost, than any comparable system in history. It also exerts a terrifyingly massive influence on our health and our environment. Photographer George Steinmetz spent nearly a year traveling the country to capture that system, in all its sc...

Women waiting to enter the Ndirande Health Center in Blantyre,Malawi. Photo: WHO/ZakwathuCommunication
It’s a sunny July Wednesday, July 30, and the Ndirande Health Center in the outskirts of Blantyre, Malawi is buzzing. At the health center,  some 10,500 patients with HIV routinely receive antiretroviral therapy (ART). Among them are 6,000 mothers and their children. Photo: © WHO/ZakwathuCommunications  Click to see larger photo.

The U.S. foreign-aid budget, visualized

by Max Bearak and Lazaro Gamio Washington Post October 9, 2016

In a Kaiser Family Foundation study published in early 2015, the average respondent thought that 26 percent of the federal budget went to foreign aid. More than half of the re...

A miniature mock refugee camp has been set up to raise awareness about refugee issues. Photo: Hunger Notes
A miniature mock refugee camp has been set up to raise awareness about refugee issues. Photo: Hunger Notes

Doctors Without Borders Builds “Refugee Camp” on National Mall in DC

by Hunger Notes October 6, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has set up a miniature mock refugee camp in the shadow of the Washington Monument to raise awareness about refugee issues. The temporary "Forced From Home" exhibit is currently traveling the country. A ...

From left are Scott Downey, 52; John Baird Jr., 47; and Kathleen McDermott, 81. The three friends live in their cars. After getting a free dinner, provided by area churches, they sit on a curb in a Fairfax County Home Depot parking lot and visit as the sun sets. Photo: © Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post
From left are Scott Downey, 52; John Baird Jr., 47; and Kathleen McDermott, 81. The three friends live in their cars. After getting a free dinner, provided by area churches, they sit on a curb in a Fairfax County Home Depot parking lot and visit as the sun sets. Photo: © Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post

In a wealthy Virginia suburb, their cars are their beds

by Antonio Olivo Washington Post October 5, 2016

It’s almost bedtime. John Baird Jr., 47, smokes on the hood of his 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis sedan, his plaid sleeping bag neatly tucked in the trunk. Kathleen McDermott, 81, slouches in the driver’s seat of her 2002 Ford Focus station wagon. Two angel statuettes stare from her dashboard into c...

Mother with child being asked questions by an interviewer to determine if they are food secure.
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.

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

by Hunger Notes September 23, 2016

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 percent in 2011. The 2015 prevalence of food insecu...

United States President Barack Obama addresses the High-level Leaders’ Summit on Refugees. Photo: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
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 September 23, 2016

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.N. Declaration that no child should ever be detai...

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