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Needing pork, China is to buy a US supplier, Smithfield Foods

by Michael J de la Merced and David Barboza New York Times May 29, 2013

Demand for pork in China reflects its booming economy and rising middle class. But that rapidly growing appetite has strained its food production systems, leading to breakdowns and a number of food safety scandals....

Food stamp program faces cuts as farm bill takes shape

by Mark Steil Minnesota Public Radio May 26, 2013

The U.S. Senate took up the farm bill last week but has yet to take a final vote on the legislation. Funding for food stamps is one area of contention....

Seeking food ingredients that aren’t gene-altered

by Stephanie Strom New York Times May 26, 2013

Food companies big and small are struggling to replace genetically modified ingredients with conventional ones.Pressure is growing to label products made from genetically modified organisms, or “G.M.O.” In Connecticut, Vermont and Maine, at least one chamber of the state legislature has approved...

Half of America in poverty—and it’s creeping upward

by Paul Buchheit AlterNet May 26, 2013

The Census Bureau has reported that 15% of Americans live in poverty. A shocking figure. But it's actually much worse. Inequality is spreading like a shadowy disease through our country, infecting more and more households, and leaving a shrinking number of financially secure families to maintain the...

Pivoting from a war footing, Obama acts to curtail drones

by Peter Baker New York Times May 23, 2013

WASHINGTON — Nearly a dozen years after the hijackings that transformed America, President Obama said Thursday that it was time to narrow the scope of the grinding battle against terrorists and begin the transition to a day when the country will no longer be on a war footing....

Biggest GOP food stamp foe gets huge farm subsidies

by Ron Nixon New York Times May 23, 2013

WASHINGTON — A Tennessee congressman who supports billions of dollars in cuts to the food stamp program is one of the largest recipients of federal farm subsidies, according to new annual data released by a Washington environmental group....

Low-wage workers picket outside federal buildings in Washington, DC. A day-long series of protests is held in support of contract workers at museums and offices in the heart of the federal city. Some of the workers say they make less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Photo: Washington Post

Low-wage workers picket outside federal buildings

by Annie Gowen and Robert Samuels Washington Post May 22, 2013

Federal contract employees at some of the nation’s best-known landmarks walked off their jobs Tuesday during a day of protests over low wages and lack of benefits.The day-long strike was organized by a group called Good Jobs Nation on behalf of the workers who serve the food and run the cash regis...

US committees reject proposal on foreign food aid

by World Grain May 22, 2013

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More seniors living in poverty—one in seven

by Kathryn Smith Politico May 21, 2013

An alternative census estimate shows that more of America’s seniors than originally thought are living in poverty — and that means the poverty rate could spike under certain Medicare reforms, a new analysis finds. ...

The Goodman Affair: Monsanto targets the heart of science

by Claire Robinson and Jonathan Latham Independent Science News May 20, 2013

Richard Smith, former editor of the British Medical Journal, has jested that instead of scientific peer review, its rival The Lancet had a system of throwing a pile of papers down the stairs and publishing those that reached the bottom. On another occasion, Smith was challenged to publish an issue o...