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Lane Vanderslice, Hunger Notes editor

November Hunger Notes: It’s time for U.S. to lead in combating global malnutrition, avocados imperil Monarch butterflies, and more

by Lane Vanderslice Hunger Notes November 19, 2016

Bill Frist, the former Republican Senate majority leader, says It's time for the U.S. to lead in combating global malnutrition in a well-reasoned, powerful opinion in The Hill. How beautiful Monarch butterflies are.  How inspiring the migrati ...

Bill Frist

It’s time for the U.S. to lead on combating global malnutrition

by Bill Frist The Hill November 16, 2016

One single public health crisis accounts for nearly half (45%) of all child deaths under age five.  It’s want of a most basic need: we still have 795 million people worldwide who suffer from various forms of malnutrition and undernourishment. ...

Poverty in unexpected places

by The New York Times Editorial Board November 11, 2016

Grinding poverty in the United States has long been synonymous with the Deep South, where low wages, poor health and diminished opportunity are more pervasive than in other parts of the country. But there are other ways to think about poverty that yield a strikingly different pattern. ...

Lane Vanderslice, Hunger Notes editor

October Hunger Notes: the conflict between corporate agriculture and campesinos, Syrian families and war, and more

by Lane Vanderslice Hunger Notes October 31, 2016

Agroecology “Lite:” Cooptation and Resistance in the Global North by Eric Holt-Giménez and Miguel Altieri describes how agriculture as practiced in developed countries harms poor farmers in developing countries, who are better served by improv ...

Eric Holt-Giménez

Agroecology “Lite:” Cooptation and resistance in the global North

by Eric Holt-Giménez and Miguel Altieri Food First October 29, 2016

Because they are often developed and shared through extensive ...

Andrew C. Revkin Photo: New York Times

Building a ‘good’ anthropocene from the bottom up

by Andrew C. Revkin New York Times October 12, 2016

Over the last few years, I’ve gotten to know a determined cast of characters in academia aiming to identify paths to a good Anthropocene — ...

Why did the Obamas fail to take on corporate agriculture?

by Michael Pollan New York Times October 12, 2016

Eight years ago this month, I published in these pages an open letter to the next president titled, “Farmer in Chief.” “It may surprise you to learn,” it began, “that among the issues that will occupy much of your time in the coming years is one you barely mentioned during the campaign: food.” ...

Hillary Clinton. Photo: Siri H. Hollekim Haaland / Rådhusets

My plan for helping America’s poor

by Hillary Clinton New York Times September 22, 2016

The true measure of any society is how we take care of our children. With all of our country’s resources, no child should ever have to grow up in poverty. Yet every single night, all across America, kids go to sleep hungry or without a place to call home.  We have to do better. ...

A woman farmer in The Gambia shows a dry tuft of rice in a drought period. Photo: FAO

Letter: Is there a food shortage in the world? And other questions.

September 19, 2016

Dear Hunger Notes, My name is A. C.. I am a 7th grader at Pella Middle school. We are doing a service project and I choose to do World Hunger. I want to do the best job I can. I still have a few questions. 1. Is there a food shortage in the world? 2. How is famine defined? 3. Who are the hungry? 4. What are the effects of malnutrition? 5. Are the numbers going down? Thanks for all the pos ...

Robert Greenstein

Health coverage, income, and poverty all improved decisively in 2015

by Robert Greenstein Center for Budget and Policy Priorities September 15, 2016

For the first time since 1999, all three key indicators of well-being in the annual Census data moved decisively in the right direction in 2015.  The poverty rate dropped from 14.8 percent to 13.5 percent, tying the largest improvement since 1968.  The typical household’s income rose by 5.2 percent, or $2,798, after adjusting for inflation, the largest increase on record with data back to 196 ...

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