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House legislation supporting USAID Feed the Future program introduced by Rep. Chris Smith Hunger Notes March 30, 2015

Weed killer, long cleared, is doubted Andrew Pollack New York Times March 27,2015 W.H.O report links ingredient in Roundup, the world's most popular weedkiller, to cancer Reuters New York Times March 20, 2015 Environmental group sues E.P.A. over Monarch butterfly demise Reuters New York Times March 27, 2015

Global warming is now slowing down the circulation of the oceans — with potentially dire consequences Chris Mooney Washington Post March 23, 2014
The melting of Antarctica was already really bad. It just got worse. Chris Mooney Washington Post March 16, 2014
The U.S. has caused more global warming than any other country. Here’s how the Earth will get its revenge. Chris Mooney Washington Post January 22, 2014 See HN special report Environment and hunger

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Pesticide risk for green beans hasn't fallen for 20 years even though progress has been made for other produce, Consumer Reports says.  Photo: Flickr user Mohammed Mahdi

Five organic fruits and vegetables that are worth the higher cost, due to high levels of pesticide in non-organic choices Peter Whoriskey Washington Post March 20, 2015   Pesticides in Produce Consumer Reports March 19, 2015

 THE CENTER OF POWER President Michel Martelly of Haiti, center, seated between Prime Minister Evans Paul, whose predecessor was ousted in December, and Sophia Martelly, the first lady, who has been targeted in a corruption complaint. Credit Hector Retamal/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

THE CENTER OF POWER President Michel Martelly of Haiti, center, seated between Prime Minister Evans Paul, whose predecessor was ousted in December, and Sophia Martelly, the first lady, who has been targeted in a corruption complaint. Photo: Hector Retamal/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Haitian leader's power grows as scandals swirl Frances Robles New York Times March 16, 2015 See HN special report: Harmful economic systems

Workers on strike at the Sixaola plantation in Costa Rica’s Caribbean region rest after sharing a pot of beans, while they wait for news from the leaders of their trade union about the conflict with the transnational corporation Fresh Del Monte. Photo: Fabián Hernández Mena/IPS

Workers on strike at the Sixaola plantation in Costa Rica’s Caribbean region rest after sharing a pot of beans, while they wait for news from the leaders of their trade union about the conflict with the transnational corporation Fresh Del Monte. Photo: Fabián Hernández Mena/IPS/p>

Banana workers’ strike highlights abuses by corporations in Costa Rica Diego Arguedas Ortiz Inter Press Service March 18, 2015

Melvin Scadden and Nadine Scadden walk into a Hardee’s restaurant in Creston, Iowa.  Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post

Melvin Scadden and Nadine Scadden walk into a Hardee’s restaurant in Creston, Iowa. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) mentioned her former employment at Hardee’s during her response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post

For Hardee’s workers, it’s not a parable, it’s a job Anne Hull Washington Post March 14, 2015 Also see Stories and images of hunger and poverty in the United States

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis book jacket

The terrible loneliness of growing up poor in Robert Putnam’s America. “Life is not something you do, it’s something you endure.Emily Badger Washington Post March 6, 2015 Also see Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis Robert D. Putnam
Reviewed by Alan Wolfe Washington Post March 6, 2015

Food industry waging a bitter battle over proposal on added-sugar labels Evan Halper Los Angeles Times March 17, 2015
UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet Maria Cheng  Associated Press/Myway March 4, 2015  
Death by chocolate: the sugar-fueled diabetes surge in South Asia Gerald Denis The Guardian March 2, 2015
The untold story of how the sugar industry shaped key government research about your teeth
Roberto A. Ferdman Washington Post March 11, 2015

Mandating food insecurity: The global impacts of rising biofuel mandates and targets Timothy A. Wise and Emily Cole Global Development and Environmental Institute at Tufts University March 4, 2015

Lester Brown: 'Vast dust bowls threaten tens of millions with hunger.' Over his 50-year career, Lester Brown has become known for his accurate global environmental predictions. As he enters retirement, he warns the world may face the worst hunger crisis of our lifetimes. Suzanne Goldenberg The Guardian February 24, 2015

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CURRENT EDITORIALS, OPINION, AND LETTERS

How poor are the poor? Thomas B.. Edsall New York Times March 25, 2015

Peasant sovereignty? Evaggelos Vallianatos Independent Science News March 18, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi says his country is in danger of collapse. "If this country fails, the whole region will slide into a cycle of anarchy that will represent a grave danger to all countries in this region, including Israel, and would extend to Europe."  Lally Weymouth Washington Post March 12, 2015

New project announced: Global food security by the numbers Ashleigh Black Chicago Council on Global Affairs March 12, 2015

Is gender inequality the main roadblock to achieving nutrition targets?  Lawrence Haddad IFPRI March 7, 2015

Food security: If the dreamers lose, we face a nightmare: Less food for more people on a hotter, drier Earth. How can we work to avoid this future? The Guardian March 2, 2015

Let's grant women land rights and power our future Monique Barbut Inter Press Service March 4, 2015

From famine to feast in 40 years: Policy matters Shenggen Fan Huff Post March 3, 2015

Legal mobilization: A critical first step in addressing economic and social rights Shareen Hertel Open Democracy February 26, 2015  Also see Hunger Notes special report Food as a Human Right

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Letters to the editor

Dear Hunger Notes,
I am a teacher and cannot figure out which two years you are using when stating that the world population has grown 70% in 30 years. This stat seems to be cited widely. Could you please let me know? Thanks for your time. L. S.  British Columbia, Canada

Dear L. S.,
Did we really say that? Please let us know where as we can't locate the quote, and it is wrong. However the information is available. The US Census Bureau estimates for world population over the years are at International Programs - Total Midyear Population for the World: 1950-2050 - U.S. Census Bureau World population in 1984 was 4,774 million and in 2014 was 7,176 million for a growth of 2,402 million or 50.4 percent, not 70 percent. Selecting other years will give somewhat different answers; the population growth rate has slowly been dropping. I hope this answers your question.

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In this March 3, 2015 photo, a Pakistani villager builds a toilet in Thatta district. Photo: Associated Press

In this March 3, 2015 photo, a Pakistani villager builds a toilet in Thatta district. Photo: Associated Press

UNICEF warns lack of toilets in Pakistan tied to stunting  Associated Press March 30, 2015

6 graphs explain the world's top ten emitters Mengpin Ge, Johannes Friedrich and Thomas Damassa World Resources Institute November 25, 2014  See HN special report Environment and hunger

Josephine Dolley, left, speaks with one of her adopted children. Photo: W. Leaming/Washington Post

After losing 29 relatives, Josephine Dolley took in six orphans and is determined to provide for them despite Liberia’s economic crisis. Dolley, left, speaks with one of her adopted children. Photo: W. Leaming/Washington Post

Ebola took away her family, home and job: Now she’s trying to start over Kevin Sieff Washington Post March 23, 2015 Also see World hunger photos: the stories and images of people's lives

A South Sudanese woman has  the circumference of her upper arm taken, which  is a measure of malnutrition. Photo: Jason Patinkin/IRIN

Taking stock: the circumference of the upper arm is a measure of malnutrition. Photo: Jason Patinkin/IRIN 

Women and malnutrition – the case of South Sudan Jason Patinkin IRIN News March 18, 2015

A fisherman holds his catch near the shores of a seaside village outside of Karachi.  Photo: Max Becherer/Polaris Images for The Washington Post

A fisherman holds his catch near the shores of a seaside village outside of Karachi. Fishermen of the village say they are getting sicker and the fish are dying off. Photo: Max Becherer/Polaris Images for The Washington Post

On the shores of the Arabian Sea, pollution erodes a way of life Tim Craig Washington Post March 15, 2015 See HN special report Environment and hunger

Syria: Four years on, an unimaginable toll IRIN News March 12, 2015
Alienation and violence: Impact of Syria crisis report 2014
 ReleifWeb March 10, 2015 Access full report 
UN has failed Syria: NGOs
Joe Dyke IRIN News March 12, 2015

Climate change probably worsened the drought that preceded Syria's uprising, a new study suggests. Here, a refugee camp is seen in Syria near the Turkish border town of Cilvegozu. Photo: Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press)

Climate change probably worsened the drought that caused severe crop failure  that preceded Syria's uprising, a new study suggests. Here, a refugee camp is seen in Syria near the Turkish border town of Cilvegozu. Photo: Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press

Is Syria conflict a case study for climate change and hunger-related conflict? Geoffrey Mohan Los Angeles Times March 4, 2015  See full report See HN special report Environment and hunger

Poor state of India's food subsidies Manu Joseph New York Times  March 4, 2014 Also see Hunger Notes special report Food as a Human Right

Hungry for justice: Social mobilization on the right to food in India Shareen Hertel Development and Change December 2014  Also see Hunger Notes special report Food as a Human Right

What refugees really think of aid agencies Louise Redvers IRIN News March 5, 2015 See Hunger Notes special report on humanitarian assistance

Will sustainable palm oil surge exclude small farmers? Megan Rowling PlanetArk February 25, 2015

Struggling to cope: IDPs in Maiduguri. Photo: Obinna Anyadike/IRIN

 Struggling to cope: IDPs in Maiduguri. Photo: Obinna Anyadike/IRIN

Boko Haram violence displaces 1.2 million Nigerians Obinna Anyadike IRIN News March 4, 2015

Mothers and newborns at a hospital in Gurgaon, India. A greater percentage of Indian mothers are underweight than are mothers in far poorer countries. Photo: Kuni Takahashi for The New York Times

Mothers and newborns at a hospital in Gurgaon, India. A greater percentage of Indian mothers are underweight than are mothers in far poorer countries. Photo: Kuni Takahashi for The New York Times

Study says pregnant women in India are dangerously underweight Gardiner Harris New York Times March 3, 2015

A termite mound in Kenya. Such mounds can reach 30 feet high and 80 feet across. Phoro: G. Sosio/De Agostini, via Getty Images

A termite mound in Kenya. Such mounds can reach 30 feet high and 80 feet across. Phoro: G. Sosio/De Agostini, via Getty Images

Termites: Guardians of the soil Natalie Angier New York Times March 2, 2015

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BOOKS
Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis Robert D. Putnam
Reviewed by Alan Wolfe Washington Post March 6, 2015
When Women Florish....We Can End Hunger Bread for the World Institute January 31, 2015
Empire of Cotton: A Global History Swen Beckert
Reviewed by Daniel Walker Howe Washington Post January 11, 2015
The Fortunes of Africa:  A 5000 Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavor Martin Meredith 
Reviewed by Howard W. French Washington Post January 2, 2015
All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn Jason Sokol
Reviewed by David Levering Lewis New York Times January 9, 2015
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