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Micro-Irrigation Pioneer Awarded 2012 World Food Prize 13.6.2012 ENS
Micro-Irrigation Pioneer Awarded 2012 World Food Prize
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Farm Bill Jackpot - How Much Do Corporations Benefit from SNAP? 12.6.2012 TreeHugger
As Congress proposes cuts to hungry families, a new report raises questions about how much food makers, retailers, and big banks profit from food stamps.
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Report wants to know how much soda is bought with food stamps 12.6.2012 Yahoo: US National
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A new report from a California watchdog group is calling for the U.S. government to disclose how much sugary soda and other unhealthy food is paid for with food stamps at a time when policy makers are searching for ways to contain the spiraling cost of diet-related illness. It is the latest skirmish in a years-long battle over whether the goal of the federal nutrition-assistance program used by about one in seven Americans should evolve from simply fighting hunger to also encouraging healthier eating habits. ...
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Many families do not tap the summer food resource 8.6.2012 Salt Lake Tribune
By cathy mckitrick The Salt Lake Tribune Published Jun 7, 2012 09:43PM MDT Too many low-income children in Utah are going hungry this summer. Such is the concern generated by “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation,” a national status report released Friday by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). In July 2011, 24,849 Utah youth took advantage of free meals offered through the federally funded Summer Nutrition program, the 13-page report said. Compared to the number of low-income students tapping free or reduced lunch during the 2010-11 school year, only 15.3 out of 10... ...
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In India, hunger in the midst of abundance 8.6.2012 San Jose Mercury News: World
RANWAN, India -- In this north Indian village, workers recently dismantled stacks of burned and mildewed rice while flies swarmed nearby over spoiled wheat.
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America needs a farm bill that works 8.6.2012 LA Times: Opinion
It's time to reform agriculture, and make Americans healthier.

It's time to reform agriculture, and make Americans healthier.


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Bruce Campbell Ph.D.: Rio+20: Getting Global Governance to Work for Hunger and Climate Change 8.6.2012 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Can Rio+20 turn the corner for global governance for agriculture and food systems? We need to see a strong commitment to Sustainable Development Goals and approaches that integrate knowledge across sectors.
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Our Rivers Feed Millions 7.6.2012 International Rivers News RSS Feed
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 From June 2012 World Rivers Review River systems support the Earth’s highest biological diversity – and the most intense human activity. As a consequence of decades of humans exploiting rivers with large dams, water diversions and pollution, our rivers and the life they support are in a state of crisis. Large dams flood productive lands, fragment habitat, isolate species, and cut off migration routes. They reduce water and sediment flows to downstream lands, and change the nature of a river’s estuary, where many of the world’s fish species spawn. These changes are creating crises ...
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Rio+20: Fiddling While Earth Burns 7.6.2012 Commondreams.org Views
Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez

I am having trouble summoning any enthusiasm over the upcoming Rio+20 UN Conference, which will begin on June 20. 

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Senator Makes Emotional Plea To Save Food Aid For Kids 6.6.2012 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand took to the Senate floor Wednesday in an emotional bid to stave off $4.5 billion in cuts to programs that...
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EU renewable energy strategy ignores impact of biofuels on food security 6.6.2012 Oxfam International RSS main feed
Today, European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger published the European Commission’s policy blueprint on the post-2020 strategy for renewable energy . EU Energy Ministers will discuss this new proposal on June 15 th . Oxfam welcomes that the European Commission recognises the need to improve the EU’s sustainability framework for bioenergy before it decides to further promote its use. However, the Commission remains totally silent on the effects the EU’s biofuels policy is having on food security in developing countries . The focus remains exclusively on the environmental impact. The EC fails to draw the lessons from the negative effects of the current 2020 10% binding target of renewable energy in transport which – according to the plans submitted by EU member states – will be met almost exclusively through biofuels produced from food crops. Evidence shows the target is pushing up global food prices and helping fuel a wave of evictions and land grabs in developing countries . The EC ...
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Public meeting: Challenging the hunger myths: Land is life 4.6.2012 Green Left Weekly issue #780
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Thu, 07/06/2012 - 6:00pm

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Homeless and Overweight: Obesity Is the New Malnutrition 4.6.2012 Wired Top Stories
Homeless and Overweight: Obesity Is the New Malnutrition
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IHT Rendezvous: Real-life Hunger Games in America 2.6.2012 NYT > World
On a recent trip back to the United States, I received a sober reminder of the saddest side of America, in an unexpectedly cheery cover.

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Transition to Sustainable Agriculture Key to Global 'Food Security' 1.6.2012 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

For the millions of hungry and underfed people on the planet, food security is not an issue of insufficient production, but is an issue of inadequate access, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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Industrial Agriculture and the Rising Sea 31.5.2012 Grassroots International
Outside Author Bio: Shiney Varghese leads the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's work on global water policy, focusing on the water crisis, its impact on water and food security, and possible local solutions that emphasize equity, environmental justice and sustainability. Currently, she examines the implications of GATS/WTO, water sector liberalization, and industrial agriculture for access to water. Since 2001 she has been the co-chair of the UNCSD fresh water caucus, the primary civil society voice on water at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. Outside Author: Shiney Varghese Previous publication: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Outside Link: Earlier this week, The Guardian reported on a study that looked at rising sea levels from a new angle. The study found that efforts to meet increasing freshwater demand by harnessing “fossil” groundwater [groundwater that cannot be replenished for millennia under current climate ...
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Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Points to Food and Farming on World Environment Day as Key to Improving Health, Environment, and Equality Worldwide 31.5.2012 Commondreams.org Newswire

Worldwide, 30 percent of food is wasted, 1 billion people go to bed hungry each night while another 1 billion suffer from health problems related to obesity, and agriculture contributes to a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, young people are increasingly disconnected from how their food is grown, making solutions to the global agricultural system seem even further out of reach.

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On World Environment Day, New Book Points to Food and Farming as Key to Protecting the Environment 31.5.2012 Worldwatch Institute
Thursday, May 31, 2012 New book illustrates how food insecurity, malnutrition, obesity, and cultural disconnection plague the global agricultural system and demand solutions from around the world. Washington, D.C.—Worldwide, 30 percent of food is wasted, 1 billion people go to bed hungry each night while another 1 billion suffer from health problems related to obesity, and agriculture contributes to one-third global greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, young people are increasingly disconnected from how their food is grown, making solutions to the global agricultural system seem even further out of reach.In response to these problems, the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition ( BCFN ) is releasing a report, Eating Planet,highlighting the challenges facing today"s food and agricultural system, as well as the myriad benefits that reform could bring. As World Environment Day approaches, it is important to appreciate the linkages between technology, culture, and agriculture, and how ...
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Sahel markets under pressure 31.5.2012 Oxfam International RSS main feed
Author: Jean-Denis Crola The people of Africa’s Sahel region are facing an increasing risk of widespread food crisis, following a series of crises over recent years which has slashed incomes, undermined livelihoods and reduced their borrowing capacity. Low rainfall, abnormally high grain prices and increased insecurity in part of the region have contributed to their vulnerability. It is estimated that more than 18 million people are currently in a situation of food insecurity in the Sahel, where even in a good harvest year, malnutrition rates are among the highest in the world. Markets in the region are already showing signs that regional trade in agricultural produce will be unable to supply adequate quantities of food in the coming months, increasing the risk of a worsening food security situation. Oxfam, ROPPA, RBM, APESS, POSCAO and WILDAF are calling for urgent action to support the markets of the region and to allow the people of the Sahel to access food in adequate quantities ...
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Disgusting: 7 Million Kids and Mothers Suffer Extreme Poverty in the Richest Country in the World 30.5.2012 AlterNet
Despite being the richest country in the world, our poverty rate is one of the highest among highly developed nations.
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