Bread in the News
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Clinton resident Rachel Morgan is among the 2012 class of Hess Fellows named by the The Hess Center for Leadership and Service at Birmingham-Southern College.
The fellows are dedicating an academic year to exploring advocacy in a three-phased internship program that trains students to become advocates.
ClintonNews.com on June 14, 2012
Dave Miner, of Indianapolis and chairman of Bread for World, presents an award to U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar in appreciation for his "leadership to end hunger during 36 years of service in the U.S. Senate and ongoing support for Bread for the World."
Indiana Ag Connection on June 13, 2012
An Israeli scientist who has reached across political and ethnic boundaries to help dozens of countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and South America improve agriculture with new methods of irrigation will receive the World Food Prize, the prize's foundation announced June 12.
The Christian Science Monitor on June 13, 2012
An Israeli scientist who has reached across political and ethnic boundaries to help dozens of countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and South America improve agriculture with new methods of irrigation will receive the World Food Prize, the prize's foundation announced Tuesday.
The Sacramento Bee on June 13, 2012
AG Web on June 13, 2012
Today evangelical leaders met on Capitol Hill to urge immigration reform. Their joint statement calls for bipartisan action according to the following six criteria:
- Respects the God-given dignity of every person
- Protects the unity of the immediate family
- Respects the rule of law
- Guarantees secure national borders
- Ensures fairness to taxpayers
- Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents
Moral Minority on June 12, 2012
One of the most eyebrow-raising names to join a group of evangelical leaders to release an "Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform" was Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family. The group has usually shied away from the issue publicly, saying the organization is not an expert in the area. Last year, Christianity Today published a cover story on how the organization has taken a distinctly different tone and emphasis under Daly than it did under its founder, James Dobson. Previously, we have noted how evangelical groups were hesitant to take a stance on immigration, including Focus on the Family. For instance, the Family Research Council, which was founded by Dobson, does not have a representative on today's list.
Christianity Today on June 12, 2012
One of my most riveting memories is of being in the historic Lutheran Cathedral in Oslo in December 2001 during the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize. There, in front of the altar, was Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, speaking to a Christian congregation about his belief that people who could come together and sing together could also live in peace together. It was an extraordinarily powerful moment, given what Wiesel had earlier endured and which he said had long kept him from being able to ever come to a Christian church.
Huffington Post on June 12, 2012