September 14, 1996 |
The food crisis in North Korea will drag into next year and cause more malnutrition-related illness and deaths among children and old people, the outgoing head of the U.N. food program in North Korea warned yesterday. Robert Hauser, who spent the last five months in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang for the U.N. World Food Program, said a flood this summer had ruined 10 percent of the country's harvest, which for the second year in a row will leave North Korea without enough food to feed its 22 million people.
June 14, 2008
The world food crisis calls for a new kind of food aid. Needed is an international Marshall Plan of technology, training and logistical support to help hungry countries increase their own food production. The United States could be the world leader in that effort. That's a role the next occupant of the White House should consider. The need for such a plan grew out of the recent, shameful and disappointing U.N. World Food Crisis Summit in Rome. Big nations sat around, pointed fingers, and moaned about backyard politics.
April 3, 2013
IF YOU ARE thirsty for knowledge and hungry for justice on global food issues, sink your teeth into my favorite books: 1TomatoLand: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit After reading Barry Estabrook's book and discovering the agribusiness slavery practiced today in the U.S. to produce these crops, you may never eat a commercially grown tomato again. 2Food Rebellions! Become a knowledgeable citizen of the world as Eric Holt-Gimenez and Raj Patel give you the 4-1-1 on the global food crisis and why more than 8 million people needlessly starve every day. 3Your Right to Know: Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food Andrew Kimbrell's illustrated shopper's guide reveals all the secrets about your food that are hidden in plain view.
February 16, 2012 |
The Obama administration plans to nominate within weeks a candidate to replace World Bank president Robert Zoellick, who announced Wednesday that he would leave the institution when his five-year term ends June 30. "It is very important that we continue to have a strong, effective leadership in this important institution," Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in a statement. "In the coming weeks, we plan to put forward a candidate with the experience and requisite qualities to take this institution forward.
April 30, 2013 |
Climate change will lead poor women to opt for "sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage" warns a resolution proposed last week in Congress. Introduced by a group of Democrats, the resolution calls on both the House and Senate to recognize how women will be disproportionately affected by global warming. Women are "the first to feel the immediate and adverse effects of social environmental and economic stress on their families and communities," the document states, adding that 60 to 80 percent of farmers in developing countries are women.
June 13, 1999 |
The massive Cora supermarket on Brussels' western outskirts - so big that it has its own flock of wild birds whizzing around the ceiling - looked a bit like a 1950s Russian supermarket last week. Strange gaps appeared on the otherwise well-stocked shelves. There was plenty of cream and milk - but dead space where the butter used to be. Plenty of imported sausages - but empty racks where the Belgian sausages used to hang. Belgian pizzas were missing, and also Belgian beef, pork and eggs - replaced, as printed advisories assured worried shoppers, with products from neighboring France.
April 26, 2008
If the Bush administration is looking for a foreign-policy "win," it has a golden opportunity right beneath its nose. What's this big chance? It's the global food crisis. If the White House grabs this brass ring, it could sweeten the bad taste of two failed terms of world leadership. And feed some people in the bargain. The food crisis is the single biggest news event now in the world. For a variety of reasons (oil, ethanol, Chinese demand, etc.), prices are climbing, and fast.
October 7, 2010
Chronic hunger in 22 nations ROME - U.N. food agencies said Wednesday that 166 million people in 22 countries suffer chronic hunger or difficulty finding enough to eat as a result of what they called protracted food crises. Wars, natural disasters, and poor government institutions have contributed to a continuous state of undernourishment in the 22 nations, including Afghanistan, Haiti, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan, the Food and Agriculture Operation and the World Food Program said in a report.
March 25, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The United Nations reported Thursday that more than six million North Koreans, about a quarter of the communist state's population, were in urgent need of international food aid. The findings, the result of a needs assessment conducted in February and March, will add to pressure for the United States to resume food aid to North Korea suspended in 2009 after its monitors were expelled. But doing so could be seen as aiding a government that has since advanced its nuclear-weapons programs and is accused of twice attacking U.S. ally South Korea.
June 20, 2013
Whom does Congress listen to? The farm bill is a clue. It is chock full of subsidies benefiting special interests, but cuts funding to provide food stamps for poor people. The House this week began debating the bill, which over the next decade would cut $20 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Nearly two million people who rely on SNAP assistance to put food on the table would lose their benefits. The White House has threatened to veto the bill, saying it would make "unacceptable deep cuts" in the $80 billion-a-year program.