Tamar Haspel Photo: Washington Post

In a fight between environmentalists and farmers, the bees lose. And that stings.

by Tamar Haspel Washington Post September 5, 2016

Bees have it rough. It’s not enough that they have to deal with bloodsucking varroa mites, a host of diseases and pathogens, disappearing habitat and a variety of agricultural chemicals designed to kill insects. They have also become pawns in the ag wars, the subject of dueling bee-death narratives. ...

Lane Vanderslice, Hunger Notes editor

August Hunger Notes: Candidates say little about poverty and hunger, Growing organic agriculture, Can farmers accept the prairie? and more

by Lane Vanderslice Hunger Notes August 15, 2016

See Binyamin Appelbaum's The millions of Americans Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton barely mention: the poor in the New York Times. Two good stories on agriculture. A big debate is whether organic agriculture can produce enough to feed the world.  (The alternative is st ...

Arloc Sherman, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities

After 1996 welfare law, a weaker safety net and more children in deep poverty

by Arloc Sherman Center on Budget and Policy Priorities August 12, 2016


Towards a transformed and more resilient agriculture sector in Africa

by Jessica Mwanzia and Andrew Osiany Pambazuka News July 23, 2016

This article looks at the challenges that make it difficult to increase food productivity, create decent employment, and end inequalities in our food systems, and what it will take to transform agriculture in Africa. ...

Ambassador Susan Rice

Congress passed the Global Food Security Act. Here’s why that’s historic.

by Ambassador Susan Rice The White House July 21, 2016


Cocoa and deforestation, it’s time to shift the paradigm

by Jason Clay World Wildlife Fund July 21, 2016

Cocoa is in crisis. The world’s cocoa plantations are well beyond their most productive years, and those who produce it are even older. Income from cocoa is so low that young people do not want to become cocoa farmers. And there is climate change. ...

Farm worker. Photo: David Bacon

The fight isn’t over for farm worker overtime

by David Bacon Capital & Main July 5, 2016

On June 2 the California State Assembly failed to pass AB2757, a bill that would give farm workers the same overtime pay that workers in urban areas have had since the 1930s. In the outcome, echoes can still be heard of those old rules. But the vote also makes clear that past certainties are certain no longer. ...

Sell by date sticker

The incredible edible “expired” food

by Jean Blish Siers Society of Saint Andrew June 16, 2016

I have a confession: I eat expired food. Sometimes it’s barely expired, like the yogurt I put on top of my farm-fresh strawberries. It might be a day or two past its sell-by date, but I give it a sniff and if it smells fine, that’s all I care about. Milk, too. Since we no longer have a teenager in the house, even a half-gallon can last past its date. It’s pretty obvious when milk has gone ba ...

Is the Grand Bargain a big deal?

by Ben Parker IRIN News June 2, 2016

A deal to sort out emergency funding at the World Humanitarian Summit meets with a mixed response. ...

Is world hunger a national security issue?

by Chuck Woolery Hunger Notes May 28, 2016

The most important thing for the public to learn about on World Hunger Day on May 28 is that world hunger is increasingly a national security issue.   And it was even before the creation of The Hunger Project (THP).  Shortly after THP’s creation, President Jimmy Carter’s 1980 Presidential Commission on World Hunger concluded, “In the final analysis, unless Americans -- as citizens of ...

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