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Paul Ryan loves talking about poverty, but he keeps getting the basic facts wrong

by Dylan Matthews Vox May 5, 2015

is back to talking about poverty, taking to CBS's Face the Nation this past weekend to lay out his plans for tackling it. Some of his ideas on the topic are worthwhile — he's right that the Earned Income Tax Credit needs to be increased — and the fact that a major national politician has taken ...

The Global Food Security Act of 2015: What it is and why it matters

by Grace Burton and Louise Iverson Chicago Council on Global Affairs April 29, 2015

On April 23, the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously voted the amended Global Food Security Act of 2015 (H.R. 1567) out of Committee. Co-sponsored by 10 Democrats and 11 Republicans, the legislation is an effort to ensure the future of programmatic funding for food security efforts....

What Kansas gets wrong when it tries to control what poor people can do with welfare

by Emily Badger Washington Post April 17, 2015

Poverty looks pretty great if you're not living in it. The government gives you free money to spend on steak and lobster, on tattoos and spa days, on — why not? — cruise vacations and psychic visits....

Americans are spending $153 billion a year to subsidize McDonald’s and Wal-Mart’s low wage workers

by Ken Jacobs Washington Post April 15, 2015

The low wages paid by businesses, including some of the largest and most profitable companies in the U.S. – like McDonald’s and Wal-Mart – are costing taxpayers nearly $153 billion a year....

Unraveling the enigma of South Asian malnutrition

by Lawrence Haddad International Food Policy Research Institute April 14, 2015

The following post by IFPRI senior researcher Lawrence Haddad is part of an ongoing series of blog stories celebrating IFPRI’s 40th anniversary. Each story authored by current and former IFPRI research staff highlights a key research topic through the years from the personal perspective of the res...

Monsanto admits an entire department exists to “discredit” scientists

by Christina Sarich Truthout April 9, 2015

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Global Food Security Act a critical step forward in ending hunger

by Daniel Speckhard Roll Call April 7, 2015

If Congress passes the Global Food Security Act of 2015, it will be taking a critical step toward ending global hunger and malnutrition in our lifetime. Food security — and the underlying political, economic and environmental stability that make it possible — is a prerequisite for sustained deve...

Where do the world’s hungriest people live? Not where you think

by Shenggen Fan Huff Post April 1, 2015

If you were tasked to end hunger and malnutrition in the world, you might first ask: Where do such vulnerable people live? It may be a surprise that the majority of the world’s hungry and malnourished live in large Middle Income Countries (MICs), some of which are global economic powerhouses. Thes...

We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, as our lives depend on it

by George Monbiot The Guardian March 24, 2015

Imagine a wonderful world, a planet on which there was no threat of climate breakdown, no loss of freshwater, no antibiotic resistance, no obesity crisis, no terrorism, no war. Surely, then, we would be out of major danger? Sorry. Even if everything else were miraculously fixed, we’re finished if ...

Peasant sovereignty?

by Evaggelos Vallianatos Independent Science News March 18, 2015

In May 2014, the Spain-based international agrarian organization, Grain, reported that small farmers not only “feed the world with less than a quarter of all farmland,” but they are also the most productive farmers on Earth. For example, small farmers and peasants in nine European countries outp...