United States

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...

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

Behind the Monsanto deal, doubts about the GMO revolution

by Jacob Bunge Wall Street Journal September 16, 2016

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....

Graffiti on a Baltimore street. Photo: John Brucato/ Flickr
Graffiti on a Baltimore street. Photo: John Brucato/ Flickr

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

by Jim Tankersley Washington Post September 15, 2016

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 inflicted by the Great Recession....

A farm worker harvests romaine lettuce near Mecca, in the Coachella Valley. Photo: © David Bacon
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

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

by Jazmine Ulloa and John Myers Los Angeles Times September 14, 2016

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,  closing out one of the year’s most intense political ...

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

How the sugar industry shifted the blame to fat

by Anahad O'Connor New York Times September 14, 2016

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

Source: UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
Woman shopping for vegetables. Photo: UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity

Why good nutrition is important

by Center for Science in the Public Interest September 8, 2016

Unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are leading causes of death in the U.S.  Unhealthy diet contributes to approximately 678,000 deaths each year in the U.S., due to nutrition- and obesity-related diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes....

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

by Jim Tankersly Washington Post August 21, 2016

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 middle class. The wealthiest Americans, meanwhile, ap...

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
Hillary Clinton in Des Moines on August 10. Photo: Sam Hodgson/The New York Times 

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

by Binyamin Appelbaum New York Times August 13, 2016

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 ...

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

by Camila Domonoske National Public Radio August 11, 2016

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....

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