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Farm Groups Want 5-Year Farm Bill, Soon

Only three lobbying groups with interests in farm legislation have told DTN that they definitely favor the proposed legislation that would extend the 2008 farm bill and provide disaster aid, giving rise to rumors that House Republican leadership will be forced to pull the bill Tuesday.

AGFax.com on July 31, 2012

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Religious group seeks ways to end hunger issues in Oklahoma

Making sure all people have adequate food should be a priority for faith communities.

So said members of a group of civic and Christian leaders who plan to gather Aug. 11 to discuss ways to combat hunger in Oklahoma and around the world.

NewsOK on July 28, 2012

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Praying for rain: Atheist critics show how petty and small-minded they’ve become

With the death of the writer Christopher Hitchens, and the withdrawal of Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith, from the front lines into a study of morality and neuroscience, the American atheist movement has a void at the top. A decade ago, atheists were brave, fierce warriors bent on battling conventional wisdom and easy piety. These days, it seems, atheists are petty and small-minded ideologues who regard every expression of public religiosity as a personal affront – not to mention a possible violation of the First Amendment and a sign of rampant idiocy among their fellow citizens.

The Washington Post on July 26, 2012

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Protect funding for federal nutrition programs

As members of Bread for the World and volunteers at our local food pantry, we appreciate USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon supporting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps).

The Gazette on July 25, 2012

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PEPFAR's vital role in the fight against AIDS

To a large degree, the International AIDS Conference under way in Washington, DC, is a celebration of life. Yes, the deadly disease continues to loom over our world, with no known cure. But HIV/ AIDS is no longer a death sentence—for those who realize that they have the disease and have access to life saving medicines. After doctors began treating HIV with powerful combinations of antiretroviral drugs in 1996, life expectancies for those infected changed from months to a full, normal span.

The Hill on July 25, 2012

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Hunger Vigil Says Thanks to Donors, Asks for Support For Food Stamp Funding

The Triad chapter of Bread for the World sponsored a prayer vigil for the hungry.

The vigil at the Department of Social Services gave thanks and prayers for those who have given food to local pantries and to those who are working to fix food stamp software problems.

Digtriad.com on July 25, 2012

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Obama and Romney: Debating the Wrong Issues

The fundamental debate of the 2012 election is nothing new.  The debate of how much power to give the national government goes as far back as the Constitutional Convention of 1787.  The Federalists argued for a real division of power between the national and state governments.  They wanted a centralization of power in a strong national government.  The Anti-Federalists feared a tyrannical national government and argued for greater localized power with stronger state governments.  A stronger national government meant order and uniformity but required higher taxes to support it.  Stronger state governments would protect the rights of the individual by keeping decision making closer to those who would bedirectly impacted by them.

Politic365 on July 21, 2012

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A Moral Obligation to Africa

Growing up and attending boarding school in Nigeria, I cared very little about the kids my age, who lived beyond the boundary of the school grounds. I would see them in passing once every two weeks while going on our customary “Sunday walk,” which usually lasted about two hours. Though these kids, whose parents were mainly farmers and traders, weren’t the most desperate, seeing their condition sometimes triggered some serious soul-searching.

Blackcommentator on July 19, 2012

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U.S. drought may hit world’s poor the hardest

With more than half of the U.S. under drought conditions, corn and soy farmers are expecting a sharp drop in yields this year. When supplies go down, prices go up – and not just in American supermarkets. David Beckmann of Bread for the World and Brian Fuchs of the National Drought Mitigation Center talk with PBS NewsHour’s Ray Suarez about what drought in the U.S. grain belt might mean for some of the world's poorest people. NewsHour is a partner in the “Food for 9 Billion” project.

Center for Investigative Reporting on July 19, 2012

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Facing Drought, Farmers' Crops Taking Heat

More than half of the country suffered drought in June, and farmers and their crops are taking a hard hit. David Beckmann of Bread for the World and Brian Fuchs of the National Drought Mitigation Center discuss how disappointing corn yields have larger economic consequences for the world's hungriest people.

PBS Newshour on July 17, 2012

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Federal Farm-Bill Affects Big Portion of State's Economy

The percentage of New Yorkers who own or operate a farm is pretty small, yet agriculture is a big part of the state’s economy.

About 23 percent of the state’s land – 7 million acres – is used for 36,300 farms that produced $4.7 billion in revenue in 2010. The 2007 Census of Agriculture, the most recent report, counted 656 farms in Dutchess County. Farms occupied 102,360 acres. Types include dairies, orchards, vineyards and horses.

Poughkeepsie Journal on July 14, 2012

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SNAP Funding Needs to be Maintained

Food stamp (SNAP) funding must be protected in any new farm bill. To be effective, safety nets must stretch when needed, contracting when need shrinks.

The Gazette on July 12, 2012

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Making a Difference: Congress is turning its back on the poor

It’s a good thing the Lord hears the cry of the poor, because Congress is barely listening.

Although the federal deficit of approximately $1 trillion and the national debt of more than $15 trillion are important realities that need to be seriously addressed, cutting and eliminating programs that aid the poor is morally unacceptable.

Western New York Catholic News on July 11, 2012

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Members of Congress: Call Your Pastors and Rabbis

The House Agriculture Committee is scheduled to mark up a farm bill today that includes substantial proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program). Last month, the Senate passed its own farm bill that included some reductions in SNAP funding, but senators rejected—with the help of 13 Republicans—much deeper cuts in an amendment offered by Senator Rand Paul.

The New Republic on July 11, 2012

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Phil Haslanger: Nuns challenge Ryan’s budget, theology

You probably have not been in too many groups singing “Subsidiarity Forever.” It’s hardly a catchy protest song.

But it is a song you can imagine coming out of Rep. Paul Ryan’s office these days as the Wisconsin Republican tries to push back against that busload of Catholic nuns who traveled from Iowa to Washington, D.C., to challenge the idea that his plans for the nation’s budget are somehow consistent with the rich vein of Catholic theology on social justice.

The Cap Times on July 10, 2012

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Bill Would Cut Federal Food Aid for Many NYers

WASHINGTON -- An estimated 300,000 New York households would lose an average $90 a month in federal help buying food under the farm bill that recently passed the Senate.

Stargazette.com on July 1, 2012

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‘For I Was Hungry and You…’

Do you recall the Snickers chocolate bar commercials about the unfortunate side effects of hunger? These commercials depict a routine day-to-day event, i.e. teens riding around in a car listening to music or construction workers drilling at an outdoor work site in the heat. Suddenly, the normal event is interrupted by an unusual action or conversation. The disruption was always a result of hunger….

The Tablet on June 27, 2012

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Highest prevalence of malnutrition in South Asia

The South Asia region, including, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka has the highest prevalence of malnutrition in the world. There are 336 million people chronically hungry in South Asia. With a prevalence of child malnutrition estimated at over 46 percent of children in the age group 0-5 years, the prevalence is much higher than in Sub-Saharan Africa which is 26 percent.

Daily News on June 25, 2012

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‘Occupy’ movement to take on World Food Prize

The Occupy Iowa movement, fresh off the visibility it achieved during the Iowa caucus campaign through January,  is setting its sights on the annual World Food Prize held in Des Moines in October.

DesMoinesRegister.com on June 18, 2012

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Rio+20: France seeks one agenda to end poverty and protect environment

The French president François Hollande, one of the only major western leaders scheduled to attend the Rio+20 Earth summit this week, will argue that sustainable development and the fight against poverty must be united in one agenda.

In an interview with the Guardian, Pascal Canfin, the new French development minister who will prepare the French negotiations in Rio, said: "We want one single agenda, to integrate sustainable development within the millennium development goals of poverty reduction. It's not about saying we'll replace the millennium goals with sustainable development goals.

The Guardian on June 18, 2012

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