Opinion

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 researcher. ...

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 development and stable societies. Yet there are several countries, even entire regions, that face the tr ...

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. These countries are hosts to the Missing Middle, or vulnerable populations that tend not to either benef ...

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 we don’t address an issue considered so marginal and irrelevant that you can go for months without ...

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 outproduce large farmers. ...

We’re throwing away tons of fruits and veggies for not being pretty enough

by Anna Lee Washington Post March 13, 2015

You can always tell when I’ve been munching from a bowl of tortilla chips because the only ones left are the perfect ones: all three corners intact, no folded edges, no giant air bubbles. The broken chips and burnt bits and crumbs usually lurking at the bottom of the bowl are gone. I ate them. ...

New project announced: Global food security by the numbers

by Ashleigh Black Chicago Council on Global Affairs March 12, 2015

Since the global food crisis in 2008, the world has seen increased interest in agricultural development to alleviate poverty, spur economic growth, and advance food security. New research, new players, and additional resources have cropped up across the traditional landscape. ...

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