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India: Food rots as people starve 16.7.2012 MinnPost
NEW DELHI, India — Never mind that a fifth of India's population remains undernourished and some 3,000 children die each day from hunger-related causes. By all appearances, India, or at least the Indian government, has too much food. Last week, after the revelation that millions of tons of improperly stored grain would be ruined by monsoon rains, India lifted a four-year ban on wheat exports and cleared the way for the state-owned Food Corporation of India to send 2 million tons overseas. It also approved the release some 8 million tons of grain into the domestic market. Shipping grain abroad while millions starve in India has elicited a strong response from critics. “This is unpardonable. I see no reason why it is happening,” said farm policy analyst Devinder Sharma. “It is because there is no political will to feed the hungry that people are dying, not because there is no food.” On paper, that hardly seems to be the case. India spends about $14 billion a year, or 1 percent of ...
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Michele Simon: 3 Steps to Protecting Food Stamps From a Cruel Congress 16.7.2012 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Given that nine states have attempted to pass bills to try to improve SNAP, (all failed thanks to a combined lobbying effort by the food industry and anti-hunger groups, which also stopped New York City's high-profile attempt) why not give the idea a chance?
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Proposed cuts to food stamps affect Minnesotans 13.7.2012 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The $500 billion farm bill making its way through Congress concerns those who work with hungry Minnesotans.
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Republicans may delay House bill to cut food stamps 13.7.2012 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives may set aside a bill providing for the biggest reduction in food stamps for the poor since 1996, averting a fight over cuts that critics assail as immoral during hard times, House leaders said on Thursday. Food stamps would see the largest cut, $16 billion over 10 years, in the House farm bill - $2 billion more than for farm subsidies and nearly half of all the savings in the bill. The cuts, mostly in eligibility rules, are estimated to reduce enrollment by 5 percent. A near-record 46. ...
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Will Lobby for Food 13.7.2012 American Prospect
Something happened today that, chances are, you know little about yet care about very deeply. It helps pay for the lovely farmers market you frequent every weekend. It’s behind all those corn syrupy soft drinks you’ve been taught to avoid. It’s the reason you started hiking to that one artisanal shop for grass-fed beef after you read Omnivore’s Dilemma. It helps feed America’s hungry, because it authorizes the federal food-stamp program, which feeds 46 million people. It’s the farm bill, usually the concern only of the corn, wheat, cotton, peanut and soy-bean lobby, but it really should be called the food bill, and it has to be reauthorized every five years. The House Agriculture Committee debated and passed the reauthorization of the law this morning—and it includes $16 billion in cuts to food stamps and an amendment that will kill a program designed to help small chicken farmers. Now, the bill will likely die. Most observers don’t expect House Majority Leader John Boehner to take the ...
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House debates deep cuts to food stamps in farm bill 12.7.2012 MinnPost
WASHINGTON — Congress’ “farm bill” is so named because it sets federal farm policy and spending levels, even though 80 percent of the bill’s cost lies in the federal food stamps program. During a House committee mark-up of the farm bill Wednesday, that was the section that drew the most vigorous debate. The bill, co-authored by Minnesota Democrat Rep. Collin Peterson and eventually approved by the House Agriculture Committee, cuts $16.5 billion from the federal food stamps program over the next 10 years, though Minnesota officials can’t yet say what effect such a cut would have on the state’s 500,000 food stamp recipients. Peterson said any final farm bill would not have such a deep cut for food stamps, formally called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but the proposal still drew consternation from liberal members on Wednesday, threatening to derail the bipartisan nature of what has historically been one of the most broadly agreeable bills Congress considers. “The cuts in SNAP ...
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House committee approves 5-year farm bill 12.7.2012 Boston Globe: Latest
House committee approves 5-year farm bill
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U.S. House panel opposes Senate crop insurance reforms 12.7.2012 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House Agriculture Committee challenged two crop insurance reforms approved by the Senate, creating another farm-bill dispute with time running out to enact the new law. Besides disagreeing on crop insurance, the House would increase crop price supports by up to 40 percent while the Senate would end the subsidies. And the House would cut four times as much money as the Senate from food stamps for the poor. Agriculture Committee members approved their five-year farm bill, 35-11, early on Thursday at the end of a 15-hour "mark up" session. ...
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House Agriculture Committee Agrees on Farm Bill 12.7.2012 NYT: Home Page
The House version cuts $12 billion more from the food stamps program than the version passed by the Senate last month.

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House committee approves 5-year farm bill 12.7.2012 Yahoo: Business
The House Agriculture Committee has approved a five-year farm and nutrition bill that gives farmers new ways to protect themselves from bad weather and poor prices and slices about 2 percent off the $80 billion the government spends every year on food stamps.
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In Yemen, Little Relief for Hunger 12.7.2012 NY Times: Middle East
The international community has been slow in its response to the food crisis, and concerns are growing that the country's tenuous democratic prospects may be at risk.

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Showdown Over Food Stamps Nears 12.7.2012 Wall St. Journal: Economy
Lawmakers are headed for a collision over funding for food stamps in the latest skirmish in the battle over the size and scope of federal entitlement programs.
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Food stamps, not subsidies, focus of House farm bill debate 12.7.2012 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
The House Agriculture Committee met Wednesday for a contentious debate on the size of the food stamp program while generally signing off on the size and scope of commodity programs for farmers.
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House GOP Wants Deeper Cuts To Food Stamps 11.7.2012 Huffpolitics on The Huffington Post
House GOP Wants Deeper Cuts To Food Stamps
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Billy Shore: A Dangerous Combination of Callousness and Ignorance 11.7.2012 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Ending poverty and reversing unemployment may be complex, but feeding a child is not. If policymakers start to listen to the voices of Americans, they might move more quickly to ensure that no child is hungry.
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Malnutrition 11.7.2012 Salt Lake Tribune
Published Jul 10, 2012 05:25PM MDT Throughout human history, the image of a malnourished person is one of skin and bones. But so successful has the last half-century of American agricultural policy been in reversing this trend that, today, Americans suffer from an epidemic of bad food that is disguised under ever-deeper layers of fat. Every five years or so, Congress labors to bring forth a new farm bill. It is a giant book of rules and regulations, policies and priorities that costs the taxpayers billions in the name of food se... ...
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Lowry: The rise of food stamp nation 11.7.2012 Salt Lake Tribune
By XXXXXX The Salt Lake Tribune Published Jul 11, 2012 01:01AM MDT Tom Vilsack is one of the most important welfare administrators in the nation. Oh, yeah — he’s also secretary of agriculture. Two-thirds of the Agriculture Department’s budget is devoted to welfare programs. The biggest is food stamps, which is now the nation’s second-largest welfare program after Medicaid. Its inexorable growth during the past decade, through good times and bad, is a testament to government’s self-generating expansion. Asked what labor wanted, the great 20th-century union leade... ...
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Food stamps big issue as House Agriculture Committee takes up farm bill 11.7.2012 Star Tribune: Politics
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Make or break week for farm bill 11.7.2012 Post-Bulletin: Local Politics
WASHINGTON — While this fall's elections are expected to dominate the Congressional agenda, some lawmakers still hope to pass a farm bill to reauthorize agriculture and food stamp programs. But this may be a make or break week for those
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Hunger - Ethiopia’s new weapon to force tribes off their land 11.7.2012 Survival International
Suri boy from Ethiopia's Lower Omo Valley. Violent land grabs are devastating the tribe. © Survival Survival has received disturbing reports from members of several tribes in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley , which describe how the government is destroying their crops to force them to move off their land into designated resettlement areas. Those most affected by the land grabs are Suri, Bodi and Mursi pastoralists, and the Kwegu hunter-gatherer people. Many families are now desperate as they have no sorghum, and their cattle grazing land is also being rapidly destroyed as the government continues to lease out their land for sugar cane and oil palm plantations. A Mursi explains what is happening: From the Omo Valley A Mursi woman speaks out against the destruction of the tribe’s crops. Her identity has been hidden to protect her from reprisals. Some Bodi communities are already being moved in to camps against their will. A Bodi man said, ‘They are taking our ...
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