Opinion

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 ...

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

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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

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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. ...

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