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Tea and Sympathy

Atiba Madyun | Posted 12.17.2013 | DC
Atiba Madyun

Thousands of federal employees returned to work this morning as the 2013 #GovernmentShutdown ended. With the damage left by the tea party, a small f...

The Food Stamp Vaccine

Jason Silverstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jason Silverstein

What if there were a vaccine against the harmful effects of hunger? According to researchers at Children's HealthWatch, there is. But these vaccines aren't shots or sprays. They're food stamps.

The Carbon Diaries

Amy Larkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Amy Larkin

As The Carbon Diaries points out so beautifully, only if we make more conscious choices today will we avoid the specter of future rationing. Believe it or not, the United Nations is a vehicle to level the playing field for businesses and to create incentives for saving ourselves from our own greed.

No Justification for Shutting Down the Government

Dale Hansen | Posted 12.01.2013 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

Outside of Ron Paul, few office-holders are known for being ideologically consistent and as we inch closer to a government shutdown Republican legislators are offering another shining example how maddeningly capricious most politicians are.

Poor People Need Money, Not Groceries | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact

It’s a little lost in the high-stakes drama of government shutdowns and the debt-ceiling crisis, but another battle is shaping up over the future of...

Farm Bill Could Overturn Dozens of State Laws. Why Does Tea Party Darling Steve King Want to Centralize Power in Washington?

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 11.26.2013 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

The sale of foie gras is currently illegal in California; Steve King's Farm Bill provision would overturn that law and dozens of others that protect animals, the environment, consumers, and more.

Arthur Delaney

GOP Rep Says His Constituents Could Dodge Food Stamp Cuts | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After the House of Representatives voted to cut food stamp funding by 5 percent last week, Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) trumpeted the legisl...

WATCH: Poet Slams Food Inequality In Light Of Food Stamp Cuts

commonwealth club | Mehroz Baig | Posted 09.23.2013 | San Francisco

The Commonwealth Club and The Huffington Post San Francisco present "Commonwealth Club Thought Leaders," an ongoing series of insights from the most i...

Democrat Flaunts Vodka, Caviar To Protest Food Stamp Cuts

Robin Wilkey | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics

The House of Representatives voted to slash nearly $40 billion in food stamp aid Thursday. Though members advocating for the aid program ultimately lo...

Republicans: We Were Too Nice To The Hungry, But We've Fixed That | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

Republicans hate domestic spending, but their hatred is not completely indiscriminate....

Arthur Delaney

House Votes To Cut Food Stamps By $40 Billion | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Thursday approved sweeping reforms to the nation's food stamp program that would cut some $40 billion in...

The Hunger Games: Attacks on Food Aid Threaten Kids, Seniors, and Basic American Values

Kimberly Freeman Brown | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Kimberly Freeman Brown

We aren't talking about a reasonable debate about how best to fight hunger in the long run, or how to make these emergency programs more efficient and cost-effective. We're talking about an attack on our kids, our seniors, and our most vulnerable citizens.

Can Public Health Unite the Good Food Movement?

Michael R. Dimock | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Michael R. Dimock

For the food movement to place unstoppable pressure on policymakers and industrial food producers, it needs a very focused set of goals that emerge from a single root crisis that binds us all. Public health is that crisis.

A Diet For a Hungry America

Joel John Roberts | Posted 11.08.2013 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Sometimes when I skip lunch, by the time dinner rolls around I am starving. Correct that. I am not literally dying of hunger, I am just hungry. It is ...

Steve King's Farm Bill Amendment Hurts Animals -- and California Farmers

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

The King Amendment is all about profits for Iowa Big Ag, at the tragic expense of hens, veal calves, sows, and California farmers.

Dethroning the King Amendment

Paul Shapiro | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green
Paul Shapiro

Whether one cares about states' rights (as King's own party proclaims), decency toward animals, or laws to prevent fires -- and firefighter deaths -- it seems there's something about the King amendment that's odious to just about everyone.

We All Have a Stake in the Farm Bill

Allen S. Levine | Posted 10.28.2013 | College
Allen S. Levine

If you're not a farmer and you don't qualify for food assistance, why should you care about the Farm Bill?

America Needs Jobs, Good Paying Jobs (and Without Them the Need for SNAP Is Not Going Away)

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge

Congress should strengthen and protect vital anti-hunger programs like SNAP instead of making struggling families worry about where they will get their next meal.

Combating the Collapse of Collaboration

Verelyn Gibbs Watson | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact
Verelyn Gibbs Watson

But most of all, we are doing our part to combat The Collapse of Collaboration in the hopes that we can start a ripple effect and get everyone to remember the true meaning of TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More.

Is Animal Treatment on Farms Our Business?

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 08.16.2013 | Green
Martha Rosenberg

Animal rights activists, with the help of miniaturized cameras and the Web, have forced farm animal treatment onto the national front page with a parade of cruel, upsetting and gruesome exposes. To capture the farm verite all they often have to do is get hired at a factory farm or slaughterhouse.

The Civil Rights Movement: Fifty Years Later

Bill Ayres | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Bill Ayres

The game changing accomplishment of "The Movement" almost half a century ago can happen again starting from the grassroots, from the bottom up. It is already happening right now in towns and cities all over the country and around the world.

Finding Health, Keeping the Money: Needles in the Nation's Haystacks

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Subsidizing better choices in the grocery store is a lot less expensive than stays in the intensive care unit. We don't need to prevent very many cases of diabetes, heart disease or bariatric surgeries to save back the costs of incentives for nutritious foods, 10 times over.

Dems Blast GOP Food Stamp Cuts

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

Congressional Democrats want House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to lay off nutrition assistance for the poor. Earlier this summer Republican lead...

Musings of a Federally Subsidized Farmer

Dan O'Brien | Posted 10.08.2013 | Impact
Dan O'Brien

Even though these subsidies were devised to maintain America's strength by keeping families on the land, I don't like accepting them. I know that everyone is strapped right now and I'm uncomfortable for having a way to "hold things together" when other people have no such safety net.

Arthur Delaney

A Kinder, Gentler Food Stamp Cutting Bill? | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In new legislation to be unveiled soon, Republicans will seek twice the savings from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as th...