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Economics Journal: The Right to Rotting Food, Inefficiently Delivered 26.12.2011 Wall St. Journal: Asia
The food security bill would complete a UPA hat-trick for major welfare programs at a time when India can't afford, and isn't prepared for, the consequences, says Rupa Subramanya.
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Campaign Stops: The Anti-Entitlement Strategy 26.12.2011 NY Times: Editorials
Mitt Romney is pushing hard against "government dependency," "passivity" and "sloth." Will his argument set the terms for the 2012 campaign?

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Kim Jong Il's last gift to N. Korea? Loads of fish 24.12.2011 MSNBC
Kim Jong Il's last gift to N. Korea? Loads of fish
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Dan Morgan: Remembering Poverty Before the Safety Net 23.12.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In an ideal world, families, churches, and volunteer organizations -- exemplifying the idea that we Americans take care of our own without relying on government -- would be the safety net. But this isn't an ideal world.
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Oh, SNAP! Grow Gardens with Food Stamps 22.12.2011 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

A few years ago, back when she still had a job in the natural-foods industry, "my kids only got the best in terms of food," said Corbyn Hightower, a mother of three who now lives outside Sacramento. Then, she said, "we lost everything, and we really started having to compromise."

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One Billion Holiday Wishes for the World's Forgotten 21.12.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

The holidays are a time for putting others before ourselves. And with the recent news that the world's population has surpassed 7 billion, there are a lot more "others" to consider this year. Nearly 1 billion people in the world are hungry, for example, while almost the same number are illiterate, making it hard for them to earn a living or move out of poverty. And 1 billion people----many of them children----have micronutrient deficiencies, decreasing their ability to learn and to live productive lives.

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International Food Aid Now Sourcing More Local Ingredients 21.12.2011 TreeHugger
Companies and organizations are trying to use more locally-sourced ingredients, and employ more local people, when manufacturing food aid products.
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The Forgotten 1 Billion 21.12.2011 Worldwatch Institute
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Washington, D.C. —The holidays are a time for putting others before ourselves. And with the recent news that the world"s population has surpassed 7 billion, there are a lot more "others" to consider this year. Nearly 1 billion people in the world are hungry, for example, while almost the same number are illiterate, making it hard for them to earn a living or move out of poverty. And 1 billion people—many of them children—have micronutrient deficiencies, decreasing their ability to learn and to live productive lives. "As our global community continues to grow, so does the need to consider—and act on—the challenges we all face," says Robert Engelman, President of the Worldwatch Institute. "Far too many women, children and men are living with less than they need and deserve." Fortunately, there are thousands of organizations working tirelessly in communities at home and abroad to fix these ...
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The Land of Bad Options 21.12.2011 American Spectator
Kim Jong-il is dead, but little is likely to change in the so-called Democratic People's Republic of Korea. There will be an intense struggle for power, but the North Korean people will continue to suffer. Last week American and DPRK officials met in Beijing to discuss the possible resumption of U.S. food aid. Pyongyang has been banging its tin cup as the North's population faces hunger and malnutrition. One newspaper headline read "U.S., N.Korea Discuss Food Shortage." Another paper ran a story titled "Private Groups Ask U.S. Food Aid for N. Koreans." A magazine story reported "Time Runs Out for Pyongyang to Avert Massive Famine." Actually, these three articles were published in 1997. In the ensuing 14 years the North has continued as communism's latest self-inflicted catastrophe. Pyongyang's collectivist, state-run economy is a wreck. At the same time, Kim Jong-il pursued a "military first" policy, developing nuclear weapons, producing missiles, and maintaining a large conventional ...
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Politics trump hunger in N.Korea 21.12.2011 MSNBC
Politics trump hunger in N.Korea
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'World's Food Capital' Faces A Hunger Problem 21.12.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
If hunger is an invisible problem in Iowa, blame it on people like Kim Olsem, a mother and a fighter, whose two jobs -- one...
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Oh, SNAP! Grow gardens with food stamps 21.12.2011 Gristmill
by Claire Thompson. A few years ago, back when she still had a job in the natural-foods industry, “my kids only got the best in terms of food,” said Corbyn Hightower, a mother of three who now lives outside Sacramento. Then, she said, “we lost everything, and we really started having to compromise.” Hightower signed up for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps. When she looked through the information pamphlet she received, she found out that SNAP benefits can be used to buy seeds and plants, not just food. So she went to Whole Foods, bought some seeds, and planted a garden of salad greens. “It was one of the things I could do that made me feel like my kids weren’t going to have to let go of [eating well],” she said. Unlike Hightower, most SNAP recipients are not aware of this alternative use for their electronic benefit transfer (EBT). “I’m really proactive about obtaining information, so maybe that ...
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Lens Blog: Damir Sagolj on North Korea's Hunger Crisis, After Kim Jong-il's Death 21.12.2011 NY Times: World
Reuters photographer Damir Sagolj visited North Korea in October and had a rare glimpse of the extent of the food crisis in rural areas.
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'Craigslist Killer' Case Highlights the Plight of America's Jobless 20.12.2011 CommonDreams.org Headlines

In his long hunt for work, Ron Sanson has rarely been so grateful to be turned down for a job.

"I didn't have any suspicions," he said. "He looked like a farmer. He had a baseball cap. A flannel shirt. Scraggly looking beard … Then they started finding the bodies. If I had gone up there, they would have had a grave dug for me."

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India Approves Draft Food Security Law 19.12.2011 Wall St. Journal: Asia
India's federal cabinet approved a draft law on food security aimed at providing low-priced staples -- mainly rice and wheat -- to roughly two-thirds of the country's 1.2 billion people.
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European Commissioner Georgieva endorses new Charter to End Extreme Hunger 16.12.2011 Oxfam International RSS main feed
European Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs Kristalina Georgieva endorsed today a Charter, launched by leading agencies, to make deadly food crises like the one gripping East Africa a thing of the past. European Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs Kristalina Georgieva endorsed today a Charter, launched by leading agencies, to make deadly food crises like the one gripping East Africa a thing of the past. The first leader to sign this charter was Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and later other leaders including UK Development Minister Andrew Mitchell endorsed it. Georgieva’s public engagement came as part of a debate, held by aid groups Caritas Europa, Oxfam, Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) and ONE, at the European Development Days - Europe's premier forum on international affairs and development cooperation - taking place in Warsaw this week. The severe drought and food crisis that has put 13 million people at risk in the Horn of Africa is expected to carry on well into 2012. ...
When The Formerly Rich Need Help Buying Food 16.12.2011 NPR News
Presidential candidates have been sounding off about millionaires on food stamps, but the reality is harsher. Even in high-income zip codes, the formerly well off are having to turn to food stamps to put food on the table. That's according to two new surveys of food insecurity and income.
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Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income 16.12.2011 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income.
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Study: Hunger stalks US cities as poverty rises 15.12.2011 MSNBC
Study: Hunger stalks US cities as poverty rises
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Hunger Stalks US Cities as Poverty Rises: Study 15.12.2011 CommonDreams.org Headlines
A growing number of families in the United States are struggling to put food on the table as poverty rises in major cities, a new survey showed on Thursday. The U.S. Conference of Mayors' 2011 hunger and homelessness survey found all but four of the 29 cities surveyed reported an increase in requests for emergency food assistance during the period between September 2010 and August 2011. read ...
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