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User: flenvcenter Topic: Food-National
Category: Food Security :: Hunger
Last updated: Dec 25 2018 21:17 IST RSS 2.0
 
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The Myth of a Food Crisis 25.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

World Agriculture Towards 2030/2050 is a major report predicting global agricultural trends (Alexandratos & Bruinsma, 2012). It was produced by the economics division of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In its abstract the FAO authors make a prominent disclaimer. Its projections, they stress (both on p. i and p. 7), are not to be used for normative purposes; that is, their report is not a prescription of how the global food system should develop.

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Which Companies Have the Highest Number of Workers on Medicaid and Food Stamps? 23.11.2020 Mother Jones
Working for Walmart or McDonald’s has never been particularly lucrative. But a new report shows just how underpaid employees for these companies are, by revealing how many of them need to lean on government assistance programs as they eke out a living. Congress’ nonpartisan watchdog, the Government Accountability Office, released a report on Wednesday showing […]
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Food Bank of the Rockies fills increasing hunger gap in Colorado and Wyoming 22.11.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
When the coronavirus pandemic hit this spring, Erin Pulling, president and CEO of the Food Bank of the Rockies, said she knew her organization would have to step up.
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What Biden’s Pick for USDA Chief Will Reveal About How He Intends to Govern 17.11.2020 Mother Jones
As the Biden-Harris transition pushes forward, even without cooperation from the defeated incumbent, speculation is swirling over future leadership of the US Department of Agriculture, which executes food and farm policy. Sonny Perdue, the USDA secretary under President Donald Trump, made headlines during his tenure for showering cash on large-scale commodity farmers—disproportionately in his home […]
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Opinion: Food Security Can Bring Peace – but Agroecology Makes It Last 5.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Amrita Gupta is the communications lead for the Agroecology Fund and Daniel Moss is its executive director. Anna Lappé directs the food and democracy program of the Panta Rhea Foundation and is a member of the fund.

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Denver anti-hunger groups remove Trump letter from federal aid boxes 29.10.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
A coalition of anti-hunger groups in Denver announced Wednesday that it has been removing a letter written by President Donald Trump from boxes of food paid for by the federal government before distributing those boxes to needy families.
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These changes to our food systems could improve human and planetary health 26.10.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
These changes to our food systems could improve human and planetary health Oliver Camp Mon, 10/26/2020 - 01:30 On the recent World Food Day, the clarion call was clearer than ever: We must fix our food systems to improve human health, drive economic growth and save the planet from environmental collapse. The challenges facing us are wide-ranging. The way the world produces and consumes food causes huge environmental impacts, and yet 3 billion people worldwide are unable to afford a healthy diet, and up to a third of the food we produce is wasted. What’s more, hunger and micronutrient deficiencies are concentrated among the poorest and most vulnerable — often including those who produce the food we eat. Meanwhile, the so-called double burden of malnutrition is on the rise: hunger and malnourishment coexisting with overweight and obesity, often in the same countries, communities or even individuals. Tackling these multiple challenges and threats requires coordinated action from the public sector, private ...
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Hunger fighters at Denver’s Metro Caring seeing a wave of need amid the COVID-19 pandemic 25.10.2020 Denver Post: Local
Name of charity: Metro Caring Address: 1100 E. 18th Ave., Denver Year it started: 1974 Number of employees: 24 full-time; 5,000 volunteers Annual budget: $10.3 million  ($7.6 million in food distributed) in fiscal year 2019. Percentage of funds that goes directly to client services: More than 90% Number served last fiscal year: 28,000 people from 11,000 households made 30,000 visits to the food market, 350 unique individuals received utility assistance and 36,000 people were served through the ID voucher program.
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The U.N.'s World Food Program, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, keeps focus on reaching zero global hunger 24.10.2020 L.A. Times - World News

The United Nations' World Food Program, recently named a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is aiming for zero food hunger by 2030.

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U.N.'s World Food Program is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 9.10.2020 LA Times: Nation

The United Nations' World Food Program has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger across the globe.

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A Critical Tool to Address Child Hunger Is About to Expire 19.9.2020 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Food and Environment Reporting Network. A critical tool for fighting child hunger is set to expire at the end of the month, despite persistent need among millions of children due to the pandemic. The Pandemic-EBT program was created in March to give families funds to buy groceries in […]
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Solving Food Waste and Hunger 9.9.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Solving Food Waste and Hunger An estimated 1.3 billion metric tons of food is lost or wasted globally each year, according to the United Nations — about one-third of all the food produced for human consumption. Meanwhile, over 690 million people worldwide still went hungry in the last year. These two problems should seemingly solve themselves. Innovative circular economy models might be able to help.  Speakers Holly Secon Tue, 09/08/2020 - ...
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With many struggling to buy food during the pandemic, grassroots efforts have stepped up. ‘It’s my motivation to get up in the morning.’ 28.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
As food insecurity soars, dozens of small, grassroots initiatives that have stepped up to tackle surging food insecurity. The efforts are marshaling people and resources that sometimes go overlooked, with a spirit of collaboration and long-term vision that seek to leave battered communities stronger than they were before.
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3 Climate-Resilient Food Solutions for Smallholder Farmers 25.8.2020 WRI Stories
3 Climate-Resilient Food Solutions for Smallholder Farmers Comments|Add Comment|PrintAs climate change continues to affect crops worldwide, research and development for climate-resilient crops can prove crucial for smallholder farmers. Photo by Rajesh Ram/Unsplash Communities across the Global South are facing a hunger crisis — one that existed before COVID-19 hit and has since gotten worse. In Southern Africa, record-breaking droughts and floods destroyed crops on a large scale early this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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The Impact of Organized Crime in Fisheries Extends Far Beyond the Ocean 18.8.2020 WRI Stories
The Impact of Organized Crime in Fisheries Extends Far Beyond the Ocean Comments|Add Comment|PrintWhether on-shore, at sea or anywhere else in the fisheries value chain, organized crime in fisheries takes a massive toll on those living in coastal communities. Photo by Aleksey Malinovsky/Unsplash Despite the name, organized crime in fisheries is not only about fishing. While illegal fishing is a serious problem across many regions of the world, organized crime in the fisheries sector extends... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Why We Oppose Golden Rice 11.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The push for corporate-led solutions to hunger and malnutrition is alarming. In particular, Golden Rice is now being proposed as a solution to the worsening hunger and malnutrition associated with the pandemic. Agrochemical transnationals (TNCs) and collaborating institutions such as the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) are using concerns over food security during the pandemic to push for an industrial agricultural system that is already discredited. To quote PAN Asia Pacific:

“in the webinar “The future of food systems in Southeast Asia post-COVID19” organised by IRRI and the FAO, Jean Balie, IRRI’s head of Agri-Food Policy, said that they are “looking to increase the mineral and vitamin content in rice grains” as a response to the pandemic, alluding to renewed promotion of the genetically-modified Golden Rice, which has recently been approved for commercialization in Bangladesh and the Philippines” said PANAP.

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1 in 3 are struggling to eat in Colorado: “It would be impossible without the food banks” 8.8.2020 Denver Post: Local
Many Coloradans, struggling to make ends meet during a pandemic that has led to soaring unemployment rates and reduced workloads.
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Gates Foundation’s ‘Failing’ Green Revolution in Africa: New Report 30.7.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Massive investments spent promoting and subsidizing commercial seeds and agrichemicals across Africa have failed to fulfill their purpose of alleviating hunger and lifting small-scale farmers out of poverty, according to a new white paper published by the Tufts University Global Development and Environment Institute. A report based largely on the research, “False Promises,” was published July 10 by African and German nonprofits that are calling for a shift in support to agroecological farming practices. 

The research led by Timothy A. Wise examines the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an international nonprofit launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates and Rockefeller foundations in 2006 with promises to double yields and incomes for 30 million farming households while cutting food insecurity in half in 20 African countries by 2020.

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Meatpacker Theft Sets All-Time Record – Our Nation’s Food Security Is Gone 17.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The May 20th, 2020 USDA retail beef value was reported at $7.58 per pound, up $1.41 per pound from a year ago. Live cattle slaughter weights were reported at 1,370 pounds. Retail beef yield from a 1,370 pound steer or heifer will be around 575 pounds (42% of live weight).

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Which Countries Are Most Vulnerable to Locust Swarms? 19.5.2020 WRI Stories
Which Countries Are Most Vulnerable to Locust Swarms? Comments|Add Comment|PrintDesert locusts have been damaging crops and pastures in the Horn of Africa, Arabian Peninsula and Southwest Asia since October 2019. Photo by Pascal Terjan/Wikimedia Commons Massive swarms of the voracious desert locust have been damaging crops and pastures and crippling communities in the Greater Horn of Africa, Arabian Peninsula and Southwest Asia since October 2019. Following cyclones and widespread rainfall,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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