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American demand for year-round organic fruits and vegetables has incited a farming boom in the arid deserts of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. The explosive growth in commercial cultivation is putting stress on the water table. In some areas, wells have run dry this year, meaning that small subsistence farmers cannot grow crops.  Photo: New York Times

Organic agriculture may be outgrowing its ideals

by Elisabeth Rosenthal New York Times December 30, 2011

TODOS SANTOS, Mexico — Clamshell containers on supermarket shelves in the United States may depict verdant fields, tangles of vines and ruby red tomatoes. But at this time of year, the tomatoes, peppers and basil certified as organic by the Agriculture Department often hail from the Mexican desert...

Wealth gap widens between US Congress and constituents (Congress median wealth $750,000; constituents $20,500)

by Peter Whoriskey Washington Post December 26, 2011

BUTLER, Pa. — One day after his shift at the steel mill, Gary Myers drove home in his 10-year-old Pontiac and told his wife he was going to run for Congress....

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is now helping 46 million people afford an adequate diet

by Stacey Dean Center on Budget and Policy Priorities December 19, 2011

As other posts in this series have shown, 2011 was another tough year for low- and moderate -income families. One indicator is that over 2 million new people joined the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — SNAP, formerly known as food stamps — between January and September (the latest mo...

Hungry families sleep on the sidewalk, waiting for food in Hayward California

by March 15, 2011

(Hayward CA, August 15, 2009) Families receive food at a food distribution organized every month by Hope for the Heart in Hayward. Many people begin lining up for food the day before, and sleep overnight on the sidewalk in order to make sure they get their food before it runs out. Many families ar...

Contrary to “Entitlement Society” rhetoric, over nine-tenths of entitlement benefits go to elderly, disabled, or working households

by Arloc Sherman, Robert Greenstein, and Kathy Ruffing Center on Budget and Policy Priorities February 10, 2011

In recent years, official scorekeepers and academic researchers have devoted increased attention to the macroeconomic effects of tax cuts. The Treasury also conducted a “dynamic analysis” of the President’s tax cuts that was included in this year’s Mid-Session Review of the budget as well a...

People gathered on the Mall  to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the August 1963 March on Washington.  Photo: Bill O’Leary/Washington Post

I have a dream

by Martin Luther King August 28, 1968

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