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Ag Dept unveils new steps to stop food stamp fraud 10.8.2012 Boston Globe: Latest
Ag Dept unveils new steps to stop food stamp fraud
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Agriculture Department unveils new steps to penalize food stamp abusers, ensure eligibility 10.8.2012 Star Tribune: Nation
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Ag Dept unveils new steps to stop food stamp fraud 10.8.2012 Yahoo: Top Stories
The Agriculture Department says it is going to impose tougher penalties on stores that violate food stamp rules. The federal government will also give states new tools to root out applicants who are ineligible for the benefit program that now covers about 1 out of every 7 Americans.
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Agriculture Department announces new penalties, other steps to fight food stamp fraud 10.8.2012 Star Tribune: Politics
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USDA unveils steps to fight food stamp fraud 10.8.2012 Yahoo: Top Stories
The Agriculture Department on Thursday came out with new steps to fight fraud in food stamps, a federal program that has taken center stage as Congress struggles to adopt a long-term farm policy bill.
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The Hunger Wars in Our Future 8.8.2012 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. The Great Drought of 2012 has yet to come to an end, but we already know that its consequences will be severe. With more than one-half of America's counties designated as drought disaster areas, the 2012 harvest of corn, soybeans, and other food staples is guaranteed to fall far short of predictions. This, in turn, will boost food prices domestically and abroad, causing increased misery for farmers and low-income Americans and far greater hardship for poor people in countries that rely on imported US grains. This, however, is just the beginning of the likely consequences: if history is any guide, rising food prices of this sort will also lead to widespread social unrest and violent conflict. Food—affordable food—is essential to human survival and well-being. Take that away, and people become anxious, desperate, and angry. In the United States, food represents only about 13% of the average household budget, a relatively ...
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Mackenzie Eaglen: Defense vs. Food Stamps---What Would You Choose? 8.8.2012 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
The president has made no secret of his desire to gut the military, even before the current budget showdown.
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Food Security - the new catchphrase 8.8.2012 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
Climate change and food security. Too much CO2 and the need for more food due to an increasing population. Plants are the obvious answer.
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The Hunger Wars in Our Future 8.8.2012 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Drought of 2012 has yet to come to an end, but we already know that its consequences will be severe. With more than one-half of America's counties designated as drought disaster areas, the 2012 harvest of corn, soybeans, and other food staples is guaranteed to fall far short of predictions.

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The Coming Hunger Wars: Heat, Drought, Rising Food Costs, and Global Unrest 7.8.2012 Commondreams.org Views
Michael T. Klare

The Great Drought of 2012 has yet to come to an end, but we already know that its consequences will be severe. With more than one-half of America’s counties designated as drought disaster areas, the 2012 harvest of corn, soybeans, and other food staples is guaranteed to fall far short of predictions.

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The Coming Hunger Wars: Heat, Drought, Rising Food Costs, and Global Unrest 7.8.2012 Commondreams.org Views
Michael T. Klare

The Great Drought of 2012 has yet to come to an end, but we already know that its consequences will be severe. With more than one-half of America’s counties designated as drought disaster areas, the 2012 harvest of corn, soybeans, and other food staples is guaranteed to fall far short of predictions.

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Bonnie Wright travels to Senegal to meet families affected by the food crisis in West Africa 6.8.2012 Press releases
Last week, British actor Bonnie Wright, best known for her role in the Harry Potter films, travelled to Senegal with Oxfam to draw attention to the growing humanitarian crisis in the country and to the wider food crisis across the Sahel region of West Africa. Last week, British actor Bonnie Wright, best known for her role in the Harry Potter films, travelled to Senegal with Oxfam to draw attention to the growing humanitarian crisis in the countr I hope that with public support Oxfam can continue to help people in these moments and tackle the underlying causes of the crisis to help prevent them happening again. Bonnie Wright Notes to Editors The UN estimates that across the Sahel: More than 18 million people are in need of assistance Over 1 million children are at risk of severe acute malnutrition $1.64 billion is needed to tackle the crisis 2012 Sahel crisis. So far $792 million has been committed, according to the UN's Financial Tracking ...
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Green Blog: On Our Radar: Hunger in North Korea 3.8.2012 NYT > Environment
Floods have swept away crops and damaged wells and pumping stations, leaving many without food or clean drinking water, a United Nations agency said.

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Key to dieting: Keep treats out of sight 3.8.2012 MSNBC
People who lose the most weight may be those who can overcome urges when they see, smell or dream about something tasty, researchers said this week. And their study adds to a growing body of evidence that another key to success is keeping a food diary. ...
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12 Innovations to Combat Drought, Improve Food Security, and Stabilize Food Prices 2.8.2012 Commondreams.org Newswire

Soaring temperatures and low precipitation could not occur at a worse time for many farmers in the United States. Intensifying drought conditions are affecting corn and soybean crops throughout the Midwest, raising grain prices as well as concerns about future food prices. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 88 percent of this year's corn crop and 77 percent of the soybean crop are now affected by the most severe drought since 1988. The U.S.

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12 Innovations to Combat Drought, Improve Food Security, and Stabilize Food Prices 2.8.2012 Worldwatch Institute
Worldwatch Institute highlights 12 ways to make the U.S. agriculture system more resilient to drought and, in the long run, more sustainable Washington, D.C. —Soaring temperatures and low precipitation could not occur at a worse time for many farmers in the United States. Intensifying drought conditions are affecting corn and soybean crops throughout the Midwest, raising grain prices as well as concerns about future food prices. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 88 percent of this year"s corn crop and 77 percent of the soybean crop are now affected by the most severe drought since 1988. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing drought assistance to 1,584 counties across 32 states and warns of increased food prices in 2013 as a result of corn and soybean yield losses. Corn is currently selling at around $9 a bushel, a 50 percent increase from June, while soybeans are selling at a record high of $17 a bushel as a result of drought-related losses in crop yields. ...
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Stutzman and Needham: The 'Farm' Bill Is No Such Thing 2.8.2012 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Some 80% of the supposed agricultural law goes to food stamps.
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Today's Economist: Food Stamps: Married People Need Not Apply 1.8.2012 NY Times: Business
The unemployment insurance and food-stamp programs have become increasingly alike but for one important aspect, whether multiple household incomes are taken into account.

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AP: Nearly 1 in 5 wrongly got Irene food aid in NJ 31.7.2012 AP National
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Nearly 1 in 5 New Jersey households that received emergency food stamps after Tropical Storm Irene crashed into the state last year were ineligible for the benefits, a review found, the result of a mix of mistakes, confusion and fraud as some rushed to cash in what was a new program for the state....
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Farm Bill on Life Support as Drought Worsens 31.7.2012 American Prospect
This month, the House agriculture committee finished its work on the farm bill—a massive piece of legislation that sets policy on everything from government subsidies to food stamps. Even though the Senate had passed its version of the farm bill, which must be reauthorized every five years, no one expected House Majority Leader John Boehner to bring the House committee’s version to the floor before the August recess. Since the farm bill is likely to rile both the Tea Party caucus, which will balk at the huge subsidies that go to some of the nation’s richest farmers, and liberals, who will decry the $16 billion House republican leaders want to cut from food stamps in a time of increased need, most believed Boehner would view it too thorny an issue to bring up so close to election season. As many predicted, Boehner has signaled that he will instead extend the current bill, which passed in 2008, by one year. An extension has the political advantage of allowing Republicans to avoid cutting ...
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