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Analysis: Food security focus fuels new worries over crop chemicals 27.3.2012 Health
(Reuters) - Scientists, environmentalists and farm advocates are pressing the question about whether rewards of the trend toward using more and more crop chemicals are worth the risks, as the agricultural industry strives to ramp up production to feed the world's growing population. The debate has heated up in the last several weeks, with a series of warnings and calls for government action including a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Critics say they fear the push to increase global crop production is translating into mounting health and environmental dangers. ... ...
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Tough Republican budget likely to go back on shelf 27.3.2012 Seattle Times: Politics
The most powerful prescriptions of a tough GOP budget plan, like a dramatic restructuring of Medicare and big cuts to domestic programs such as Medicaid, food stamps and transportation appear destined to go back on the shelf almost as soon as the measure is passed this week.
Boycotting Israel: Mustafa Barghouti vs. Rabbi Arthur Waskow on BDS Movement, Palestinian Solidarity 26.3.2012 Democracy Now!
Boycotting Israel: Mustafa Barghouti vs. Rabbi Arthur Waskow on BDS Movement, Palestinian Solidarity
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Tattle: Moviegoers fulfill their 'Hunger' 26.3.2012 Philly.com News
"THE HUNGER GAMES" ate up the weekend box office, bringing in $155 million. The huge haul marks the third-best debut ever in terms of revenue, behind the $169.2 million opening for the "Harry Potter" finale and the $158.4 million opening of 2008's "The Dark Knight."
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Land Grabs: Trampling Human Rights and Land in Uganda 24.3.2012 International Rivers Sitewide RSS Feed
A guest blog from the communications officer at the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) in Uganda. Some foreign investment firms have called it the next ‘golden’ commodity. Many analysts, global human right groups and civil society organizations have called it neocolonialism. If I may be sentimental, I want to call it the new slavery. But this is a type of slavery of another kind. While in orthodox slavery people were sacrificed to foreigners, in this slavery, land is sacrificed and local ownership is lost along with local sovereignty. The political elite who are facilitating the land grabs want everyone to believe it is development. In Africa, land is owned communally – according to ethnic/tribal groupings. A small percentage is owned individually or privately. In Uganda, less than 35% of land is privately owned, with the remaining land held in common. Most African nations do not have sufficient mechanisms to protect local rights and take care of local interests, ...
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Food & Wine: Is The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen A Model of Sustainability? 23.3.2012 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
From a food-world perspective, the message of the story is almost as exciting as Katniss's big screen quest to make it through the deadly arena with her humanity (and head!) intact.
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Ecosystems and World Water Day 23.3.2012 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jennifer Witherspoon Linda Esteli Mendez, Tom Graff Fellow By Linda Esteli Mendez, EDF Tom Graff Fellow Recognizing the importance of freshwater to the health and vitality of the world's people, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22nd, 1992 as the first "World Water Day." Each year a new theme related to freshwater is celebrated on March 22nd. This year's theme is water and food security. How is freshwater related to food security? The US Department of Agriculture defines food security as, "access by all members at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life." At the same time, many argue that how that food is made and delivered is an important part of food security. Are we supplying food in a way that is healthy and sustainable for primary environmental resources? Are we using sustainable amounts of freshwater and are we ensuring that our food production is minimizing pollution on freshwater resources? Last century, ...
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Ecosystems and World Water Day 23.3.2012 On the Water Front
By Linda Esteli Mendez, EDF Tom Graff Fellow Recognizing the importance of freshwater to the health and vitality of the world's people, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22nd, 1992 as the first "World Water Day." Each year a new theme related to freshwater is celebrated on March 22nd. This year's theme is water [...]
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RYAN BUDGET PLAN = NO EPA, NO FBI , NO FOOD STAMPS, NO ROADS, NO GOVERNMENT BUT DEFENSE AND A SAFETY NET WITH HOLES 23.3.2012 Switchboard, from NRDC
Scott Slesinger, Legislative Director, Washington, DC: The Radical Ryan budget is a proposal that proudly leads to a government that cannot do even basic services.  Fact: The government has spent at least 3% of GNP for defense every year since World War II.[i]  Fact: the U.S....
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No Water, No Food 22.3.2012 Commondreams.org Views

Water is a basic necessity of life, yet it remains inaccessible for a large part of the world’s population. At present, almost one fifth of the global population (about 1.2 billion people) live in areas which are water scarce and a quarter live in developing countries that face water shortages. Globally the situation is getting worse due to the increase in population and the need for more water for agriculture, industry and household use to meet the needs of the increasing population.

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No Water, No Food 22.3.2012 Commondreams.org Views

Water is a basic necessity of life, yet it remains inaccessible for a large part of the world’s population. At present, almost one fifth of the global population (about 1.2 billion people) live in areas which are water scarce and a quarter live in developing countries that face water shortages. Globally the situation is getting worse due to the increase in population and the need for more water for agriculture, industry and household use to meet the needs of the increasing population.

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Upmanu Lall: The Water-Energy-Food Security Challenge: America As the Global Savior? 22.3.2012 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Can the world support the aspirations for food and energy of 7 billion people? Will we meet the needs of the additional 2 billion people expected by 2050? The global water crisis is upon us, and it's time that the US played a direct role in sustainable development of the world's water and food.
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House GOP charges ahead on tightfisted budget plan cutting safety net, tax rates 22.3.2012 Star Tribune: Politics
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Opinionator | Fixes: From Young Adult Book Fans to Wizards of Change 21.3.2012 NY Times: Editorials
Groups like Hunger Is Not a Game and The Harry Potter Alliance are mobilizing devoted fan bases for political activism.

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Niger Communities Say They Will Run Out of Food Before Next Harvest, Joint Study Shows 21.3.2012 Commondreams.org Newswire

According to a recent field study conducted in communities in western and eastern Niger, between 70 and 90 per cent of people estimate their food stocks will run out before the next harvest, creating an imminent ‘hunger gap’. A full 100 percent of families surveyed say they have already reduced the amount of food consumed each day because they do not have enough to eat.

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Niger communities say they will run out of food before next harvest, joint study shows 21.3.2012 Oxfam International RSS main feed
According to a recent field study conducted in communities in western and eastern Niger, between 70 and 90 per cent of people estimate their food stocks will run out before the next harvest, creating an imminent ‘hunger gap’. Seven leading aid agencies call on donors to act now to prevent humanitarian disaster Niamey (Niger), March 21, 2012 – According to a recent field study conducted in communities in western and eastern Niger, between 70 and 90 per cent of people estimate their food stocks will run out before the next harvest , creating an imminent ‘hunger gap’. A full 100 percent of families surveyed say they have already reduced the amount of food consumed each day because they do not have enough to eat. The study was conducted by the Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS) and the Emergency Capacity Building Project (a coalition including CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Plan International, Save the Children and World Vision), with input from the World Food ...
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Paul Ryan Wants 'Welfare Reform Round 2' 20.3.2012 Huffpolitics on The Huffington Post
Paul Ryan Wants 'Welfare Reform Round 2'
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House GOP Rolls Out Budget Plan With Controversial Cuts 20.3.2012 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — Conservative Republicans controlling the House unveiled a budget blueprint Tuesday that combines slashing cuts to safety net programs for the poor with sharply...
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Doctors say Palestinian hunger striker is critical 20.3.2012 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Doctors say the life of a Palestinian woman prisoner in Israel is in grave danger after she refused food for over a month.
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Food Security Overwhelming More Than 1 Million Syrians 18.3.2012 Environmental News Network
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a special alert on the food security situation in Syria this past week, voicing serious concern over the state of food security, especially for vulnerable groups, because of continued civil unrest since March 2011. According to the Syrian Central Bureau of Statistics, inflation increased between June and December 2011 by about 15 percent, mainly driven by sharp increases in food prices and fuel shortages that are impacting on transportation costs.
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