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Horticulture must wean off tillage, says leading scientist

New Zealand scientist Dr John Baker has been nominated as a candidate for the World Food Prize this year, which is due to be announced on Jun. 12. His invention, the cross-slot seed drill, helps retain soil health and has mostly been applied to cereal crops such as rice, wheat, maize and barley. He tells www.freshfruitportal.com about the destructive nature of tilling and how horticulture needs to catch up with other agricultural fields, building a more sustainable industry at the core level of microbes and foodstuffs.

Fresh Fruit Portal on May 31, 2012

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Fraud focus is really an attempt to demolish

Regarding the May 25 article "Food stamp program targeted": This reminds me of the way the safety-net program of welfare was brought down. From President Ronald Reagan onward, we read and heard stories about "welfare queens," until President Bill Clinton pretty much destroyed the program. It's no accident now that there are stories in major newspapers about food stamp fraud. They will continue until the food stamp program is brought down.

Star Tribune on May 31, 2012

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Workers’ rights advocate will receive Pacem in Terris Award

A woman who leads an interfaith organization committed to improving wages, benefits and conditions for low-wage workers will be honored with the 2012 Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award.

The Catholic Messenger on May 31, 2012

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No-till seed drill may win further kudos

A New Zealand scientist and machinery manufacturer has had further international recognition for the unique no-tillage seed drill he developed years ago and now exports to 17 countries.

Dr John Baker from Feilding has been nominated for this year's World Food Prize, which is awarded to people who've made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. The prizewinner will be announced next month.

Radio New Zealand News on May 30, 2012

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Poverty reduction strategy a start, says Docherty

Critics say government needs to be more proactive to address the causes of poverty

There were no targets set when the government released its long awaited poverty reduction plan Wednesday.

Community Services Minister Valerie Docherty said the goal was to see a reduction in the number of people on social assistance along with increases in employment numbers and youth getting post-secondary educations.

The Guardian on May 30, 2012

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Is Grandpa Getting Enough to Eat?

Holiday memories, endless wisdom, home cooking—these thoughts may come to mind when you think about your grandparents. They are thoughts I hope my grandson has of my wife and me. But you may not realize how difficult it is for many older Americansto provide that home- cooked meal, even for themselves. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 5.3 million older Americans struggle to put food on the table and another 3.5 million live in poverty.

AFRO on May 30, 2012

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Feilding inventor up for Nobel food prize

A Feilding inventor who has vowed to consign the plough to the dustbin of history has been nominated for the US$250,000 (NZ$327,000) World Food Prize.

Dr John Baker perfected the cross-slot seed drill over 30 years as a scientist at Massey University and then spent 10 years fighting to win ownership of it from companies the university sold it to.

He regained control of the drill in 1998, after $10 million had been spent on developing it, and set up a factory in Feilding to build them.

Cross-slot tillage is described as the keyhole surgery of farming. The drill creates two side-by-side pockets as it passes through the soil, depositing seed in one and fertiliser in the other.

The Dominion Post on May 29, 2012

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Pittsburghers of faith protest cuts in Harrisburg

Pittsburghers representing many religious groups crowded the steps in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg Tuesday, protesting proposed cuts to education and mass transit.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on May 23, 2012

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NGOs React to Obama's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, Camp David Declaration

“The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition marks an important step forward in the fight against hunger and extreme poverty in Africa. We thank President Obama for his leadership on this plan and his commitment yesterday to sustain the L’Aquila promises on funding and policy coordination. But we are disappointed by the lack of a firm promise by the G8 today to maintain such support. While some countries appear to have really stepped up to the plate, the G8 collectively missed an opportunity to build the New Alliance at the scale that is needed to get the job done. So while this plan is a bold beginning, it must not be the end of the G8’s ambition on food security and nutrition. The Alliance needs to be built out across the 30 developing countries with plans for agriculture if we are to meet the goals of lifting 50 million people out of poverty and prevent stunting in 15 million children due to chronic malnutrition. As we build on this year’s G8, ONE and our 3 million members will push for action on nutrition as we turn our focus to the African Union, which meets in Malawi this July, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, who will host the G8 Summit next year.

Sojourners on May 21, 2012

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A Call to Congress: Churches Alone Cannot Protect the Poor

There are many verses in the Bible that address taking care of poor people and those in need. Proverbs 14:31 says, “Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him,” and Proverbs 19:17 reminds us that, “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity on May 21, 2012

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Guest Commentary - President Obama Leads the Fight against Hunger

Tomorrow, President Barack Obama will deliver a historic address on hunger at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security. Since the early days of his administration, the president has articulated a vision of a world without hunger. His administration arrived amid a global food price crisis, during which hundreds of millions of people either fell deeper into poverty or experienced it for the first time.

Global Food for Thought on May 18, 2012

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World leaders address global child malnutrition crisis

If you had $75 billion to spend on solving some of the world’s greatest challenges, where would you start? An expert panel of Nobel laureate economists known as the Copenhagen Consensus recently answered that question. After extensive research and consultation, they determined that the single best investment the world could make to advance health and prosperity would be to fight malnutrition in young children.

The Hill's Congress Blog on May 18, 2012

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LTE: Churches can't make up lost nutrition funding

I was glad to see an article about food stamps and the WIC program in Sunday's paper. These are important programs that are indeed being targeted for budget cuts by Congress. However, the consequences of the proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program were not highlighted in the article.

Pocono Record on May 16, 2012

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What would African-Americans do with President Romney?

As the country moves into the full scale 2012 presidential election process a troubling pattern is developing within certain segments of the African American community.  There’s a concerted effort by some within the community to silence those who are offering honest, valid, and well thought through analysis and criticism of the Obama administration.

TriceEdneyWire on May 15, 2012

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Senior advocates fight cuts to nation’s nutrition assistance program

More than 5 million older Americans struggle to put food on the table and another 3.5 million are living in poverty, according to new analysis from Bread for the World, a Christian organization, and one of the country’s largest anti-hunger/anti-poverty advocacy groups.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting on May 14, 2012

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Does Your Church Have an Extra $50,000?

$50,000 a year for the next 10 years. That’s how much each church in the United States would have to spend in order to replace the Ryan budget’s $133 billion in cuts to nutrition programs for struggling families. (That’s not counting the additional $33 billion proposed by the House Agriculture Committee).

Faith in Public Life on May 14, 2012

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Celebrate mothers around the world

With Mother’s Day only days away, I find myself reflecting on my own experience as a mother and the challenges and opportunities my daughters face as they begin families of their own. I gave birth to three beautiful, healthy daughters, who are now strong, empowered women. During my pregnancies, I had access to prenatal care and nutritious food. My girls were able to go to school and to follow their dreams.

The Tennessean on May 14, 2012

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Advocates for poor fear budget deficit cuts

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to cut nearly $310 billion from the budget deficit over the next 10 years.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting on May 14, 2012

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Local Heroes: Saving Starving Kids Around Globe

Is it really possible to solve the world's huge problems, such as saving the lives of starving children around the globe? Some would say no.

Niles Morton Grove Patch on May 14, 2012

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If Obama Loses, what's plan B?

As the country moves into the full-scale presidential election process, a troubling pattern is developing within certain segments of the African-American community.  There’s a concerted effort by some to silence those who are offering honest, valid, and well-thought-out analysis and criticism of the Obama administration.

Florida Courier on May 14, 2012

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