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Posted on Jan 28, 2009 READ MORE


Aid-in-waiting
The New York Times / Shawn Baldwin

Israel Blocks Aid Supplies

A crossing point on the Egypt-Israel border has turned into a parking lot for supplies since Israel virtually halted the transport of aid and equipment for Gaza. Medical items are being allowed to pass, but well-drilling equipment, blankets and food are being blocked.

Posted on Jan 28, 2009 READ MORE



un.org / unrwa

U.N. Suspends Gaza Aid, Blames Israel

The United Nations is suspending relief activity in the Gaza Strip following multiple attacks by Israeli forces. “Our installations have been hit, our workers have been killed in spite of the fact that the Israeli authorities have the co-ordinates of our facilities and that all our movements are co-ordinated with the Israeli army,” said a U.N. Relief and Works Agency spokesman quoted by the BBC.

Posted on Jan 8, 2009 READ MORE



amazon.com

Andrew Nagorski on the Bolsheviks’ Crimes

There was a time when Russia was an economic power on the rise. Sean McMeekin’s new book, “History’s Greatest Heist: The Looting of Russia by the Bolsheviks,” explains what nipped that growth in the bud.

Posted on Jan 2, 2009 READ MORE


Dr Daines

Soda, Fat and You

New York Health Commissioner and aspiring prop comic Richard Daines, M.D., defends his governor’s proposed obesity tax with this hokey yet alarming demonstration.

Posted on Dec 29, 2008 READ MORE



guardian.co.uk

Israel Offers Tidings, Lifts Blockade

Israel has discovered the holiday spirit and decided that its blockade of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip should be lifted, allowing trucks of medicine, food and other supplies to enter the occupied territory beginning Friday.

Posted on Dec 26, 2008 READ MORE


Generic Unemployment
connectedmichigan.com

Unemployment Filings at 26-Year High

With American jobs being steadily peeled away, hundreds of thousands of people are being forced to seek unemployment benefits for the first time. The number of first-time claims rose 5.4 percent last week, to their highest level in more than a quarter-century.

Posted on Dec 24, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Hatem Moussa

Israel’s ‘Crime Against Humanity’

Israel’s siege of Gaza, largely unseen by the outside world because of Jerusalem’s refusal to allow humanitarian aid workers, reporters and photographers access to Gaza, rivals the most egregious crimes carried out at the height of apartheid by the South African regime. It is meant to break Hamas, but will only breed future generations of militants.

Posted on Dec 15, 2008 READ MORE



Richard Ellis on ‘Diagnosis: Mercury’

Thinking of whipping up another tuna casserole? You may change your mind after reading this convincing expose by Jane M. Hightower, a San Francisco doctor.

Posted on Nov 28, 2008 READ MORE


Bush’s Hoover Impression Flirts With Depression

At the earliest, it is likely to be at least February or March before the first dollar of an Obama recovery plan is felt. This is a national disgrace.

Posted on Nov 26, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Kiichiro Sato, file

Starving for Change

The swelling numbers waiting outside homeless shelters and food pantries around the country have grown by at least 30 percent since the summer. If Barack Obama continues to turn to the elites who created the mess, if he does not radically redirect the nation’s resources to assist the working class and the poor, we will become a third-world country.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008 READ MORE



goodguide.com

Your Money Votes, Too

You may have knocked on doors for Barack Obama, but it’s possible you gave money to John McCain. GoodGuide has a tool that sorts donations by party, logo and industry. Tech companies seem to prefer Democrats while food companies love Republicans. The banks, of course, throw money at everybody.

Posted on Nov 7, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / Oop

FDA Plastic Decision ‘Creates a False Sense of Security’

The chemical BPA is common in plastic products such as baby bottles and food containers, despite concerns among scientists and environmentalists about its safety. The FDA has defended BPA use and recently turned to an outside panel for backup. That group of scientists, however, ended up criticizing the agency’s guidelines.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / law_keven

Meaty Danger Strikes Whole Foods

Whole Foods customers expect more for their money, but shoppers in two states got more than they bargained for when they came home with E. coli-tainted beef. The granola-chic grocer has since taken steps to restore faith in the chain and its preposterous prices.

Posted on Aug 12, 2008 READ MORE


Starbucks logo
Flickr / M@rcopako

The Starbucks Economy

In its own way, Starbucks has a lot in common with SUVs, hot tubs and television screens wide enough to fill a wall. That is, it represents the bit-by-bit extravagances that helped get us into the tight economic jam we find ourselves in today.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE


The Do-It-Yourself Economy

We are expected to interact with “labor-saving technology” without realizing that it’s labor-transferring technology. The job has not been “saved”; it’s been taken out of the paid sector, where employees have a nasty habit of expecting salaries, and put into the unpaid sector, where suckers ‘r’ us.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE


Kids Are Fat People Too

One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small. And the ones that mother gives you soon will control your cholesterol.

Posted on Jul 9, 2008 READ MORE


Mexico Food Protest
treehugger.com

Biofuels Blamed in Global Food Crisis

While environmentalists and opponents of foreign oil may have found common cause in the use of biofuels, a new, confidential World Bank report estimates that the recent increase in plant-based fuel production has actually contributed to a 75 percent rise in global food prices, sparking riots across the world and pushing millions beneath the poverty line.

Posted on Jul 4, 2008 READ MORE


Home-Grown Politics

The appeal of kitchen gardens—food you grow for the table—has been increasing pretty steadily. But this year, a harmonic or maybe disharmonic convergence of factors led to a giant leap in the number of grow-it-yourselfers.

Posted on Jul 2, 2008 READ MORE


South American Food Crisis

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Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE


Syria Refugee Camp
UNHCR / John Wreford

Refugees on the Rise

A U.N. report Tuesday estimated the number of the world’s displaced refugees in 2007 at 11.4 million, a majority of which the U.N. says come from the U.S.-led conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Analysts also say the number of refugees threatens to grow even more due to new concerns such as climate change, environmental degradation and increasingly scarce resources.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE


Food Crisis

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Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


Eat More, Move Less

The Onion has envisioned a way to make America’s march toward obesity more efficient.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


corn
Flickr / mattdente

Back to the Farm

Humankind’s steady migration from fields to cities may have to take a slight detour. There are a lot of people in the world now and feeding them is becoming a problem. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told world leaders we face a “historic opportunity to revitalize agriculture,” warning that production would have to go up by 50 percent over the next 20 or so years.

Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


grocery store
Flickr / Jeff Keen

Struggling Families Feel Sting of Rising Food Prices

For the working poor who depend on food stamps to feed their families, it’s hard enough keeping up with inflation, let alone the steep price of food these days. Even in the richest country on Earth, the cost of basic foods has a huge impact on families that count every dollar, and benefits simply aren’t keeping pace.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


cuban farmer
Flickr / Lauras512

Food Crisis Leads to Opportunity in Cuba

Raul Castro would like to see his island produce more food. Currently, Cuba imports the vast majority of its basic food products, at increasing expense, despite plenty of arable land. Private farmers and collective growers are hoping new reforms make it easier to produce food more efficiently, and that’s not just good news for Cuba. With rice rationing at Costco, that’s good news for the world.

Posted on May 5, 2008 READ MORE


Ticker Tape Ain’t Spaghetti

Food riots are erupting around the world. Behind the hunger, behind the riots, are so-called free-trade agreements, and the brutal emergency-loan agreements imposed on poor countries by financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


soldiers line up for grub
AP photo / Chris Tomlinson

Bloated in Baghdad

Truthdig foreign correspondent Sarah Stillman reports from Iraq, where she finds parallels between America’s fast food fortresses and the general engorgement of the war.

Posted on Apr 28, 2008 READ MORE


The Other Shoe Drops

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Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Mexico Food Protest
treehugger.com

G-7, IMF and World Bank Leaders to Meet

Following the string of economic crises across the globe, financial elites are planning to meet in Washington this weekend to address how to resolve the problems of global capitalism. Notably missing from the proceedings is any representative from the developing world.

Posted on Apr 11, 2008 READ MORE


farm
international.wi.gov

Farm Bill Brings the Bacon

What has the power to unite progressive Democrats and conservative Republicans? According to a compelling article in the San Francisco Chronicle, agribusiness is having its way in Congress, even getting Democrats to cut food stamps to make room for subsidies.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


You Are More Than What You Eat

Remember when eating was an art, not a science? Remember when food wasn’t medicine? Remember when food didn’t need to be defended? ... Remember the good old days?

Posted on Feb 14, 2008 READ MORE


Sushi
nytimes.com

Questioning Sushi Safety

The FDA and EPA already warn against pregnant women and children eating canned tuna because of high mercury levels, but The New York Times has discovered even more mercury in a random selection of fresh sushi tuna. And it’s not just those swanky city folk who are at risk. According to one marine scientist: “Mercury levels in bluefin [tuna] are likely to be very high regardless of location [of purchase].”

Posted on Jan 23, 2008 READ MORE


Not So Happy Holidays for Afghanistan

Winter approaches, and as many as 400,000 Afghans face starvation. The trouble is not an insufficient supply of food. There is no way to get food to those who need it.

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE


A Tale of Two Turkeys

My Thanksgiving prep began in one of those markets where, for a premium, you get a story with your food. Every vegetable, every creature and every jar of jam comes with its own pedigree and memoir.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


plumpynut
cbs.com

‘Plumpynut’ to the Rescue

The Doctors Without Borders relief organization has whipped up an ingenious (and, apparently, tasty) lifesaving food product called Plumpynut, a nutritionally enriched mixture of peanut butter, powdered milk and sugar, along with other simple ingredients—and it’s already working wonders on malnourished children around the world.

Posted on Oct 27, 2007 READ MORE


drinking girl
nutrition.preschoolrocks.com

Are Food Additives Making Kids Hyper?

It would seem a no-brainer, given the old “you are what you eat” adage, that those scary-sounding and clearly unnatural ingredients added to a wide range of foodstuffs might have some impact on children’s health.  A team of British researchers from the University of Southampton believes that could be the case.

Posted on Sep 6, 2007 READ MORE


The Pop-Tart Chronicles

Food companies that market obesity-inducing products to young children are taking a lesson from big tobacco and getting ahead of the lawsuit curve.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE


Satire: Hillary Tries to Fatten Up the Competition

In a move that raised eyebrows among observers of the 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, Sen. Hillary Clinton today sent former Vice President Al Gore a gift basket laden with high-calorie treats.

Posted on Jun 2, 2007 READ MORE


Forget Big Tobacco—Big Food Kills

If we are what we eat and we eat what is advertised, then American children are facing death by junk food.

Posted on Mar 29, 2007 READ MORE


Starbucks Feels the Strain of World Domination

In a memo distributed to top executives, Starbucks’ chairman warned that rapid expansion had unfortunately contributed to the “dilution” and “commoditization of the Starbucks experience.” Howard Schultz charmingly went on to lament specific examples of the company’s “cookie cutter” problem, but then concluded the letter in a manner one would expect from a Starbucks executive: “This must be eradicated.”

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


Wild Oats
wildoats.com

Farewell, Wild Oats!

Natural supermarket giant Whole Foods announced Wednesday it would gobble up smaller rival chain Wild Oats. The marketplace for natural and organic food has grown increasingly competitive, a reality that has plagued Whole Foods in recent months.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Mcdonalds and Starbucks

Starbucks Loses to McDonald’s in Coffee Smackdown

A recent taste test conducted by Consumer Reports found McDonald’s coffee to be flawless, while Starbucks’ offering was “burnt and bitter enough to make your eyes water instead of open.” The coffee giant responded with a nondenial denial: “Choosing a brand of coffee is a personal decision, as taste is subjective.”

Posted on Feb 4, 2007 READ MORE


icicle orange
usatoday.com

State of Emergency for California Crops

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in California after nearly three-quarters of the state’s citrus crop was wiped out by subfreezing weather last week, causing up to $1 billion in losses. Prices around the country are expected to rise drastically, as California is the nation’s major producer of fresh citrus fruit.

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


Cloned cow
advance.uconn.edu

Franken-Heifers Immune to Mad Cow

Using a combination of genetic engineering and cloning, scientists from the U.S. and Japan have successfully eliminated the protein that causes mad cow disease. So far the cows in the lab have proven immune to the illness, which shreds its victims’ brains, driving them mad.

Posted on Jan 3, 2007 READ MORE


Cow clones
washingtonpost.com

Cloned Food to Go Unmarked

The Food and Drug Administration is set to approve food products derived from cloned animals and their offspring. Though eating beef from a cloned cow may seem incredibly creepy, the FDA has decided the manufactured twin is just as safe as the original animal, and requires no special identification once in the food supply.

Posted on Dec 28, 2006 READ MORE


veggies
news.bbc.co.uk

Study Links Higher IQ to Vegetarianism

A study emerging from Britain claims the IQs of kids who grew up to become vegetarians were an average of five points higher. There was no difference measured between full-blown vegetarians and those who ate chicken or fish (does that even count as vegetarianism?).

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


oliver twist
reelmoviecritic.com

USDA Eliminates ‘Hunger’

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to remove the word “hunger” from its

annual report assessing Americans’ access to food.  Those among us who sometimes go without food, a group that has grown consistently over the last five years, will now suffer from “very low food security.”

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


Rush Limbaugh

Limbaugh: ‘The Government Is Killing the Poor…With Too Much Food.’

Rush Limbaugh, pioneer of inane babble, has accused the left, the government and the United Nations of exacerbating the obesity epidemic in America by attempting to feed the hungry.  Limbaugh, in a trail of thought Magellan couldn’t have navigated, used as his inspiration a recent study which noted the prevalence of obesity-related health problems in poor communities.  (audio & transcript)

Posted on Aug 30, 2006 READ MORE


The FDA has approved the use of certain viruses in food
Illustration by Peter Scheer

Because Hot Dogs Didn’t Have Enough Strange Ingredients

The FDA has approved the use of a group of viruses as a food additive for ready-to-eat meat products, such as hot dogs and cold cuts.  Companies that use the additive will not be required to inform consumers.

Posted on Aug 20, 2006 READ MORE


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