United States

Dietary guidelines ignore broad U.S. support for sustainablity

by Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future March 8, 2016

A national survey of 800 Americans shows that 74 percent of adults believe the newly released Dietary Guidelines should include environmental provisions and support sustainable agriculture practices. The survey--commissioned by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and conducted by Greenberg...

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Was a USDA scientist muzzled because of his bee research?

by Steve Volk Washington Post March 3, 2016

Jonathan Lundgren is buying a parcel of land — a scrubby, 30-acre plot just north of Brookings, S.D. — from which he hopes to lead a revolution. An entomologist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, based in a South Dakota lab, Lundgren plans to start two busin...

In an improving economy, places in distress

by Karl Russell New York Times February 24, 2016

A new report by the Economic Innovation Group, based on an analysis of Census Bureau data, found that a number of cities in the old industrial heartland are still among the worst even as surrounding areas have improved markedly. By contrast, the pain has been more spread out in states across the Sun...

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Poorest areas miss out on boons of recovery, study finds

by Nelson D. Schwartz New York Times February 24, 2016

The gap between the richest and poorest American communities has widened since the Great Recession ended, and distressed areas are faring worse just as the recovery is gaining traction across much of the country....

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A Harvard sociologist on watching families lose their homes

by Jennifer Schuessler New York Times February 19, 2016

The first time the sociologist Matthew Desmond rode along during an eviction, he was shocked by the suddenness of “seeing your house turn into not your house in seconds.” “You see the mover reach past someone to turn on the lights without asking, then open the fridge, open the cupboards,” he...

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U.S. closing a loophole on products tied to slaves

by Ian Urbina New York Times February 15, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Obama will sign legislation this week that effectively bans American imports of fish caught by forced labor in Southeast Asia, part of a flurry of recent actions by the White House, federal agencies, international trade unions and foreign governments to address lawlessness a...

Disparity in life spans of the rich and the poor is growing

by Sabrina Tavernese New York Times February 12, 2016

The poor are losing ground not only in income, but also in years of life, the most basic measure of well-being. In the early 1970s, a 60-year-old man in the top half of the earnings ladder could expect to live 1.2 years longer than a man of the same age in the bottom half, according to an analysis b...

The trouble with Iowa: Corn, corruption, and the presidential caucuses

by Richard Manning The Atlantic February 12, 2016

I’m driving through these beautiful fields. I want to grab that corn like you have never seen. So rich, so beautiful,” Donald Trump told a standing-room crowd last July, at a Make America Great Again “family picnic” in Oskaloosa, Iowa. An obvious applause line, perhaps, but Trump delivered i...

Who are the low-income childless adults facing the loss of SNAP in 2016?

by Steven Carlson, Dorothy Rosenbaum, and Brynne Keith-Jennings Center for Budget and Policy Priorities February 8, 2016

While the research is surprisingly limited, especially since childless adults are the only demographic group subject to time limits on basic food assistance, it paints a picture of a diverse, struggling, and underserved group of poor Americans. While some experience long spells of deep poverty or c...

Step by step on a desperate trek of migrants through Mexico

by Azam Ahmed New York Times February 8, 2016

ARRIAGA, Mexico — The police truck appeared suddenly, a glint of metal and glass. The migrants broke into a sprint, tripping over cracked pavement as an older woman sweeping her stoop urged them to hurry....

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  • For the past 40 years, since its founding in 1976, the mission of World Hunger Education Service is to undertake programs, including Hunger Notes, that
    • Educate the general public and target groups about the extent and causes of hunger and malnutrition in the United States and the world
    • Advance comprehension which integrates ethical, religious, social, economic, political, and scientific perspectives on the world food problem
    • Facilitate communication and networking among those who are working for solutions
    • Promote individual and collective commitments to sustainable hunger solutions.