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Hunger in the News: Rising Food Prices a Threat

International

World Bank: Rising Food Prices Pose Imminent Threat. Spiking food prices have pushed the world's poor countries to "one shock away from a full-blown crisis," the head of the World Bank warned Saturday. "This is the biggest threat today to the world's poor, where we risk losing a generation," said World Bank President Robert Zoellick. [The Wall Street Journal]

Small-Scale Farmers Increasingly at Risk from 'Global Land Grabbing.' New research on the global rush for agricultural land shows small-scale farmers increasingly at risk as land deals ignore local tenure rights. … The stakes are high for displaced small farmers, women and children, as well as national governments where land is being leased in large amounts. [The Guardian]

Two-Thirds of Nations on Track to Meet Poverty, Hunger MGDs by 2015. Two-thirds of developing countries are on track or close to reaching the U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets to reduce extreme poverty and hunger, according to a World Bank-IMF report released Friday. [Kaiser Family Foundation]

Zoellick Warns on Food, Oil Prices. World Bank President Robert Zoellick on Thursday warned of rising food inflation and high oil prices resulting from political turmoil in the Middle East as risks to world growth, as they threaten to push more people into poverty. [The Wall Street Journal]

Domestic

Job Cuts for Poor Seniors Could Up Homelessness. For $700 a month, 65-year-old Esmeralda Calderon cares for children part-time through a federal community service job that's in jeopardy because of cuts to the proposed federal budget for 2011. It's the only source of income for a woman who has no one to rely on and lives alone in public housing in a gritty Hollywood neighborhood. [Associated Press]

Prices outside Food, Energy Still Tame, but on the Rise. Rising gasoline and food prices aren’t news. They have been increasing a lot so far this year. When setting monetary policy, Federal Reserve officials have labeled rising commodity prices as transitory. Fed policymakers, however, should take note: other prices are also creeping higher. [The Wall Street Journal]

For Richest, Federal Taxes Have Gone Down; for Some in U.S., They’re Nonexistent. As millions of procrastinators scramble to meet Monday’s tax-filing deadline, ponder this: The super-rich pay a lot less in taxes than they did a couple of decades ago, and nearly half of U.S. households pay no income taxes at all. [The Washington Post]

Food Justice at Your Seder Table. This year, many Jewish groups are adding a chapter to the seder's never-ending story of oppression and freedom: food justice. [Huffington Post]

Chicago School Bans Packed Lunches. A small school in Chicago is making big news on the lunch line these days. Little Village Academy on Chicago's West Side no longer allows students to bring food from home to eat for lunch. So it's either eat the cafeteria food or go hungry. As you might expect, the policy has parents all around the nation in an uproar. [Miami Herald]

Vital Statistics: Hunger becomes a Major Issue in the U.S. This is a startling figure: About one in four Americans—urban, suburban and rural alike—worries about not having enough money to put food on the table at some point in the next year. [Indianapolis Star]

As Debt Ceiling Vote Nears, the Pressure's on House Republican Freshmen. They ran against debt. They swore and swore again that they’d cut up the nation’s credit card. But now the 87 freshmen House Republicans are facing intense pressure from administration officials and even some natural allies on why they should—indeed, why they must—vote to allow the federal government to go even deeper into debt. [The Washington Post]

For Gates’ Successor, Obama Needs a Budget Expert. When Robert Gates was chosen to be defense secretary, his primary mission was clear: fix the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, after President Barack Obama's Wednesday speech declaring he would cut $400 billion from "security" spending over 12 years, the primary credential for Gates' successor is that he be an expert on budgets ... and how to cut them. [The Cable/Foreign Policy magazine]

 

 

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