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The farm bill drove me insane.America’s top nutrition thinker tried to unpack the most important food law. It was a mistake

by Marion Nestle Politico March 17, 2016

In fall 2011, in an act of what can be described only as hubris, I had the bright idea of teaching a course on the farm bill.For nearly 25 years, I had been writing and teaching about food politics and policy at New York University, and I knew that the farm bill dictated not only agricultural policy...

Feeding big cities in growing, fragile, and conflict-ridden states

by Sam Worthington Global Food For Thought March 4, 2016

As Ethiopia faces its worst drought in 50 years, some of the ten million people in need of food, and the 400,000 children suffering from malnutrition, reside in the slums of Addis Ababa. Increasingly the face of hunger is in a slum or city. While it is important to fight hunger and malnutrition in r...

Urbanization, food security and youth employment

by Patricia Langan and Shawnee Hoover Global Food For Thought March 3, 2016

A stunning fact: nearly 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities by 2050.As our primary goal is to increase food and nutrition security for all people, we must consider the ability of youth to forge productive livelihoods so they can feed themselves and their families....

Kenyans reaquire an old taste: eating healthier

by Rachel Cernansky New York Times February 23, 2016

In the 1950s and ’60s, governments in Africa and Asia started subsidizing the production of staple crops like rice and corn because it was the fastest way to fill bellies and reduce starvation in those regions. Today, needs have changed: The problem is no longer chronic hunger but malnutrition, an...

Beyond deportation: Fixing a broken immigration system

by David Bacon The American Prospect January 27, 2016

The Obama administration's self-contradictory stance on deportation perpetuates a long tradition of U.S. immigration policies that ignore the root causes of migration....

The surprising truth about the food movement

by Tamar Haspel Washington Post January 26, 2016

The Rutgers study asked consumers about information on labels using both methods: first, “What would you like to see on labels?” and second, “Would you like to see X on labels?” The difference between the responses is huge, and it’s at the heart of why the food movement seems so much bigge...

Jeb Bush, please talk to Bob Dole about food stamps

by Robert Greenstein Center for Budget and Policy Priorities January 12, 2016

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush called on Friday for eliminating food stamps (now known as SNAP), handing the money over to the states, and giving them broad discretion over its use. Bush called SNAP a “failing, ineffective program” that “traps families in perpetual poverty.” He also impli...

GOP policy forum: Its high notes and low notes

by Robert Greenstein Center for Budget and Policy Priorities January 9, 2016

It’s encouraging that six Republican presidential candidates appeared today in South Carolina to discuss poverty, and they advanced some positive proposals. Jeb Bush called for expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-income workers not raising children, essentially endorsing a propo...

Don’t buy the spin: The WTO talks in Nairobi ended badly and India will pay a price

by Biraj Patnaik and Timothy A Scroll (India) December 25, 2015

It didn’t take long for the spin masters to begin working their magic on the latest dismal World Trade Organisation summit in Nairobi. WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo waxed eloquent about the “historic” agreement, stating in a post-meeting press conference that the agreement “will impro...

Defending the right to food at the World Trade Organization

by Biraj Patnaik and Timothy A Food Tank December 18, 2015

Trade ministers from around the world are concluding a contentious week of negotiations in Nairobi, Kenya under the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha Development Round. Thus far, there is no indication that Pope Francis, when he was in Nairobi three weeks earlier, blessed the Kenyatta Internat...