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US Food Movement Seeks Election-Year Vault to Political Force

The U.S. food movement, which groups a kaleidoscope of causes from inner-city gardens to hunger prevention and no-biotech crops, plans to link the farmers market to the ballot box as it challenges large-scale agriculture this year.

Chicago Tribune on October 26, 2012

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Remittances and Immigration

 In spite of all the discussion and analysis of the sought-after "Latino vote", polls indicate that Latino voters' top concerns match other working and middle-class groups: jobs, economic growth, and health care.

Huffington Post on October 24, 2012

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How Food-Policy Friendly Are Your Politicians?

On National Food Day and prior to an important election, a new organization launched by "healthy food advocates, animal welfare and anti-hunger champions" is making it simple to know exactly how lawmakers stand on food policy.

New Hope 360 on October 24, 2012

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Fiscal Action Should Protect Poor

David Beckmann is an optimist, but he is concerned about the farm-bill debate.

Beckmann, a preacher and an economist, heads Bread for the World, an organization that works with faith groups as an advocate on hunger issues.

Iowa Farmer Today on October 24, 2012

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Poverty, Hunger Hitting Latinos

Latinos in the United States are more likely than any other group to battle poverty and hunger, but safety net programs are preventing the outlook from being much worse, said a recently released report.

The Final Call on October 23, 2012

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GEORGE McGOVERN

By urging Congress to create a circle of protection around domestic nutrition programs, foreign assistance antipoverty programs, and food aid programs, we're continuing his legacy and preventing his work from being undone.

The writers organize and coordinate for the organization Bread for the World.

 

 

Star Tribune on October 22, 2012

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Congress Wrangles Over Size of Food Program

Proposed cuts to a controversial farm bill sitting in limbo in Washington, D.C., have put government food assistance at risk for thousands of Iowa children.

Des Moines Register on October 21, 2012

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Presidential candidates disappoint ex-laureate

Former World Food Prize laureate David Beckmann said Wednesday he was disappointed that neither President Barack Obama nor Republican challenger Mitt Romney discussed world or national hunger problems at their debate Tuesday night

Dan Piller on October 17, 2012

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Bread for the World on Elections and Hunger

2010 World Food Prize Laureate Rev. David Beckmann says hunger in America is a key issue that should be addressed in the 2012 election.

AGwired on October 17, 2012

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World Food Day

Every year around this time, 16 October,  UN World Food Day reminds us to pay attention to the multitude of people who suffer from not having enough to eat. The hunger statistics are overwhelming. According to the World Food Programme 870 million people are hungry – that’s greater than the combined populations of the United States, Canada and the European Union. Every day approximately 16,000 children die because they are too poor to live.

Independent Catholic News on October 16, 2012

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Path to Curbing Global Hunger Hitting Bumps in the Road

Billions of dollars have been invested in a slew of projects to feed a growing global population. And while all signs point to progress being made, there is growing uncertainty over how significant the gains have been and whether the different paths being taken are the fastest way to end global hunger.

Delaware Online on October 13, 2012

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Foreign Aid: Better Evaluation, More Transparency

In the years since 9/11, America's foreign assistance program has played an increasingly important role in our foreign and national security policies. Through our aid and development efforts, we have saved lives, lifted people out of poverty, accelerated economic growth in poor countries and helped stabilize fragile societies.

The Huffington Post on October 9, 2012

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The Campaign's Moral Hole

Does our presidential campaign lack a moral core?

The question arises in the wake of last week’s presidential debate. However you analyze it in electoral terms, the exchange between President Obama and Mitt Romney was most striking as a festival of technocratic mush — dueling studies mashed in with competing statistics. In many ways, the encounter offered voters the worst of all worlds: a great deal of indecipherable wonkery and remarkably little clarity about where each would lead the country.

The Washington Post on October 8, 2012

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Remember the Hungry this Election

We have heard the presidential candidates talk a lot about healthcare, defense spending and taxes. While all of these are important issues and on the minds of many citizens, both candidates have been surprisingly mute on helping the most vulnerable people in our society: those who suffer from hunger and poverty.

The Hill on October 2, 2012

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Candidates Speak Out—Finally

It is an ongoing criticism this election season that the problem of poverty in the United States is not being addressed by either campaign. The Circle of Protection—an ad hoc coalition of religious groups organized to protect antipoverty programs—prodded the presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to speak to the issue. On Sept. 12 both candidates did so in video presentations released along with the Census Bureau’s annual report on U.S. poverty.

America Magazine on October 1, 2012

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The New Values Voters: The Economy

While helping the poor and the economically disadvantaged has long been a core value for many Americans and their faith communities, some might question whether their concern would persist in unstable economic times—many families, after all, are just trying to stay afloat. Yet recent surges in activism and advocacy indicate that sensitivity to the plight of the less privileged is actually increasing—especially within many faith communities—and is playing an active role in the 2012 campaign.

Center for American Progress on October 1, 2012

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A Plea to Prioritize Poverty Before and After the Election

Earlier this month, President Obama and Mitt Romney took a moment to directly address the high poverty rate in this country. In response to a request from my organization, Bread for the World, and other church groups, the presidential candidates released video statements in which each talked about how he would help hungry and poor people. They clearly have different priorities when it comes to spending and taxes, but both explicitly affirmed the general principle of maintaining a circle of protection around funding that serves the most vulnerable people.

National Journal on September 28, 2012

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A Plea to Prioritize Poverty Before and After the Election

Earlier this month, President Obama and Mitt Romney took a moment to directly address the high poverty rate in this country. In response to a request from my organization, Bread for the World, and other church groups, the presidential candidates released video statements in which each talked about how he would help hungry and poor people. They clearly have different priorities when it comes to spending and taxes, but both explicitly affirmed the general principle of maintaining a circle of protection around funding that serves the most vulnerable people.

National Journal on September 28, 2012

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Study Shows Latinos Hit Hardest by Hunger and Poverty

Bread for the World today released its annual analysis of hunger and poverty in the Latino community. The analysis shows Hispanic families are more likely to suffer from hunger and poverty than any other group.

Hispanically Speaking News on September 22, 2012

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Obama and Romney Give Assurances to Protect Poor and Vulnerable

The 2012 presidential campaign has not focused much on solutions for hunger and poverty in the United States, despite the fact that is widespread. The U.S. Bureau of Census announced Sept. 12 that the official poverty rate in 2011 was 15 percent, or 46.2 million people. Although poverty had been increasing for three consecutive years, these figures are not statistically different from the 2010 estimates.

The Epoch Times on September 22, 2012

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