Opinion

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

Although it is a presidential election year, we have not been running many stories on what candidates want to do concerning hunger and poverty, as important as this is.  We thought we might not be digging deeply enough, but no.  See Binyamin Appelbaum's The millions of Americans Donald Trump a ...

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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Lane Vanderslice, Hunger Notes editor

Maintaining poverty through restrictive voter registration laws

by Lane Vanderslice Hunger Notes August 11, 2016

Barriers to entry, typically established and enforced by the legal system for the benefit of those that control the political-economic system, have been an important way for establishing and perpetuating "second-class citizens" to be kept in poverty, so their work as cheap labor can benefit others. Slavery of course is the classic example in the United States.   But what arose after slavery was ...

Lane Vanderslice, Hunger Notes editor

July Hunger Notes: Conflict and Hunger, the Global Food Security bill, and Misleading hunger statistics?

by Lane Vanderslice Hunger Notes July 29, 2016

Conflict and Hunger Hunger Notes runs many articles on conflict, and why we do so may not be always clearly apparent, as the articles do not mention hunger specifically, or barely do so.  For example we just published three articles on South Sudan, and people's hunger was mentioned, but not highlighted. But we do know that conflict is a very important source of hunger, and that is why w ...

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. ...

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. ...

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