Hunger in the News: Mass incarceration, poverty, and United Nations

Hunger in the News

Both parties want prison reform. Why won’t Congress listen?” by Matt Haney, The Guardian. “For the first time in our nation’s history, both major political parties are poised to make a bold statement in support of fixing America’s criminal justice system. This past weekend, the DNC approved this year’s platform, which pledges to end the era of mass incarceration. The RNC isn’t far behind.”

Action to cut food waste gains momentum across Europe,” by Arthur Nelson, The Guardian. “Efforts to force supermarkets and other businesses to waste less food are gaining momentum following France’s ban on supermarkets throwing out unwanted food, according to campaigners. Earlier this month MEPs voted 600 to 48 to bring forward laws to end unfair trading practices by supermarkets, many of which lead to overproduction and food being wasted.”

With the latest tech, U.N. seeks to end hunger Silicon Valley-style,” by Magdalena Mis, Reuters. “From a smartphone app delivering market prices to Guatemalan farmers to online nutrition tips in rural Colombia, the push to end hunger has entered a new era with the U.N. food agency deploying the latest technology to fight it. The World Food Programme’s (WFP) new innovation hub, launched in Munich this week with the support of the German government, will seek out new technologies to help reach the goal of zero hunger faster.”

Women more likely than men to face poverty during retirement,” by Adam Allington, City News. “During their working years, women tend to earn less than men, and when they retire, they’re more likely to live in poverty. These are women who raised children and cared for sick and elderly family members, often taking what savings and income they do have and spending it on things besides their own retirement security.”

NPR’s Interview With House Speaker Paul Ryan On Poverty And Politics,” by Steve Inskeep, NPR. “Paul Ryan: I’ve learned the country is very distressed. I took this job Oct. 29 before the presidential election got started and worked to get our party in the House to agree that we would assemble an agenda to tackle the big problems facing the country, and take it to the country.”

Summer Meal campaign tackles summer hunger,” by Noelle Gardner, News 8 WTNH. “The Connecticut Food Bank is teaming up with New Haven Public Schools to tackle summer hunger, in a campaign called “Summer Meals.” “They are hungry. They are starving. The reality is… this is the reality,” said Ashunti Ford, Executive Assistant with the Connecticut Food Bank.”

Hunger and child abandonment in north South Sudan,” by Henry Wilkins, Al Jazeera. “Three hundred children in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr El Ghazal region have been abandoned by parents fleeing the country to escape two years of drought, a collapsing economy, and mass hunger.”

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