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Food Aid Crisis as Typhoon Victims Hungry

Ben Barber | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ben Barber

The rush to deliver food to the Philippines for survivors of the massive Typhoon Haiyan has renewed pressure on Congress to end a requirement that most U.S. food aid be bought from U.S. farmers and delivered thousands of miles on costly U.S. ships.

Meet Bernie Pringle: Tribute to a Lifelong Farmer

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
John W. Boyd Jr.

When Bernie Pringle started farming at age 16, the United States was neck-deep in the Great Depression; Jim Crow had black America by the throat and the struggle to survive left little time to imagine the startling changes time would bring.

Jason Linkins

Meet Your Taxpayer-Subsidized Farm Bill Billionaires!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

When most people think about farm subsidies, chances are they do not immediately think "massive taxpayer money boondoggle that should be cut from the ...

Will Feds Bankrupt Small Farms With Food Safety Rules?

Jim Slama | Posted 11.07.2013 | Home
Jim Slama

To grow the supply, we need federal policies and programs that support, not hinder, existing and new farmers in their efforts to grow more fruits and vegetables for local markets.

Taxpayers Are STILL Subsidizing Billionaires

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.07.2013 | Business

Congress recently altered the country's farm bill, cutting billions from the food stamp program over the next decade. That comes after more than a ...

Congressional and Presidential Leadership Needed for a Fair and Equitable Farm Bill

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

Will Congress and the president demonstrate the leadership necessary to enact a strong, but fair Farm Bill that protects our agricultural economy and rural communities? Will it provide a "safety net" for our most vulnerable citizens?

How Cooking At Home Helps Fight Hunger

Alison Cayne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Taste
Alison Cayne

Demand for SNAP benefits is proof that we are living in a time of long-term unemployment and a very deep recession. Moreover, we have a food system that artificially makes healthy, simple food more expensive than processed non-food.

Nearly 48 Million Americans to See SNAP Cuts Beginning Today

Stacy Dean | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Stacy Dean

On top of the cuts beginning today, SNAP is facing even deeper cuts as Congress debates the future of the program.

SNAP Cuts Show How Heartless Republicans Are

Jamison Doran | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jamison Doran

The cuts come as Congress could not get their act together to continue the funding levels to SNAP that were passed in 2009, at the height of the recession in the Recovery Act. As we've seen the recession isn't over and families are still struggling.

A Dream Deferred: The Right to Food in America

Smita Narula | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics
Smita Narula

In May 1968 thousands of people occupied the National Mall and demanded economic justice in the form of fair wages, decent housing, quality health care and education, and access to adequate food. Nearly fifty years later, this dream remains deferred for far too many Americans.

Food Stamps, Farm Aid Talks To Begin In Congress

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators are set to begin crafting a compromise farm bill, including cuts to the food stamp prog...

'Like the Bite of Crabs'

David Beckmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Beckmann

This debate is about more than simply balancing our federal budget -- it's about our values as a nation. It's time we support a farm bill that doesn't increase hunger in the United States and around the world by protecting food stamps and improving international food aid.

Cutting Food Stamps Hampers the War Against Obesity

Gary Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

For the health of those vulnerable Americans, there needs to be more funding, not less. A stout body type used to be a sign of wealth, but not anymore.

Congress Must Rescue Food Stamp Program

William Lambers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Lambers

Where will hungry Americans go for help? They will look to food banks, but these are already overstretched and cannot make up the difference. The economy is suffering and hunger will escalate in America if Congress dismantles food safety nets.

Don't Cut Food Stamps, Dem Senators Urge Negotiators

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

Congressional negotiators should reject food stamp cuts, a coalition of liberal senators urged Monday. Republicans and Democrats from the House an...

'Let's Get This Done'

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight over renewing the nation's farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. Bu...

School Meals for Peace in Mali and Burkina Faso

William Lambers | Posted 12.18.2013 | Impact
William Lambers

CRS is reaching around 80,000 children in Mali with this food. Children can count on a hot meal of rice, peas and vegetable oil every day at school. When your family is struggling for food, this is an absolute treasure.

Obama Pushes For Bill To Protect 'Vulnerable' Americans

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, in a rebuke to proposals by House Republicans for steep cuts in food stamps for the poor, urg...

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

www.slate.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...