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New Kansas rules would limit spending of welfare benefits John Hanna AP/Washington Post April 16, 2015

Adriana Avarez with her son Manny. Photo: David Kasnic/The New York Times

Adriana Alvarez, earns $10.50 an hour as a cashier at a Chicago-area McDonald’s. She depends on Medicaid, a child-care subsidy and food stamps to help care for her 3-year-old son Manny. Photo: David Kasnic/The New York Times  

Working, but needing public assistance anyway Patricia Cohen New York Times April 12, 2015

States tighten conditions for improving food stamps as economy improves Jess Bidgood New York Times April 11, 2015

Firms move to gut California's farm labor law David Bacon Capital and Main April 7, 2015

A well-drilling rig at an almond orchard in Hanford, Calif. Land devoted to water-thirsty almonds has doubled in the state in 20 years. Photo:  Max Whittaker/The New York Times

A well-drilling rig at an almond orchard in Hanford, Calif. Land devoted to water-thirsty almonds has doubled in the state in 20 years. Photo:  Max Whittaker/The New York Times

Beneath California crops, groundwater crisis grows Justin Gillis and Matt Richtel New York Times April 5, 2015

Maximum wage! How much CEOs earn per hour Matt Krantz USA Today April 6, 2015

World Health Day 2015: From farm to plate, make food safe Hunger Notes April 7, 2015
World Health Day 2015: Five food safety tips Judy Stone Forbes April 7, 2015
Food safety law's funding is far below estimated requirement Ron Nixon New York Times April 7, 2015

House legislation supporting USAID Feed the Future program introduced by Rep. Chris Smith Hunger Notes March 30, 2015 Also see Global Food Security Act a critical step forward in ending hunger Daniel Speckhard Roll Call April 7, 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

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CURRENT EDITORIALS, OPINION, AND LETTERS

What Kansas gets wrong when it tries to control what poor people can do with welfare Emily Badger Washington Post April 17, 2015  

Americans are spending $153 billion a year to subsidize McDonald’s and Wal-Mart’s low wage workers Ken Jacobs Washington Post April 15, 2015  

Monsanto admits an entire department exists to "discredit" scientists Christina Sarich Truthout April 9, 2015

Global Food Security Act a critical step forward in ending hunger Daniel Speckhard Roll Call April 7, 2015

We’re throwing away tons of fruits and veggies for not being pretty enough Anna Lee Washington Post March 13, 2015  

Where do the world's hungriest people live? Not where you think Shenggen Fan Huff Post April 1, 2015

We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, as our lives depend on it George Monbiot The Guardian March 24, 2015

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

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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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Christians who use the language of Jesus being uprooted by Islamic State Hugh Naylor Washington Post April 14, 2015

A Yemeni drags a sack away from a truck that was allegedly destroyed by an airstrike of the Saudi-led coalition targeting a wheat convoy. Photo: Abdul-Rahman Hwais/EPA  

A Yemeni drags a sack away from a truck that was allegedly destroyed by an airstrike of the Saudi-led coalition targeting a wheat convoy. Photo: Abdul-Rahman Hwais/EPA  

Fighting in Yemen is creating a humanitarian crisis Hugh Naylor Washington Post April 6, 2015 Photo feature: Yemeni civilians in the crossfire Almigdad Mojalli IRIN News April 6, 2015

Inner Mongolian sheepherders, with alunminum smelter in the background. Photo: Gilles Sabrie/Washington PostI

A few years after the smelter, seen in the background,  opened, herders in the area said that their sheep began falling sick, with jaws so painful that they could not eat. Soon, thousands of their animals had died. When they complained, the government simply arrested five of their leaders and forced the others to resettle in the nearby city of Holingol, demolishing their original homes.  Photo: Gilles Sabrie/Washington Post

In China’s Inner Mongolia, mining spells misery for traditional herders Simon Denyer Washington Post April 7, 2015  Chinese riot police crush grasslands protest over chemical pollution Simon Denyer Washington Post April 6, 2015 See HN special report Environment and hunger

A worker holds onions grown on a plot of land sought by India's state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation. Photo: Enrico Fabian/Washington Post

A worker holds onions grown on a plot of land sought by India's state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation.  It hasn't been able to acquire the land because the owners won't sell.  Dhaneshwar Prasad, a farmer whose land is sought, said "Why wouuld I sell this land to the government? This land gives me a life of dignity." Photo: Enrico Fabian/Washington Post

In rural India, farmers will not sell their land for others to develop, so Indian government wants to force them to sell  Rama Lakshmi Washington Post April 6, 2015

Greenhouses grow greenhouses. As far as the eye can see, greenhouses cover the landscape in Almeria, Spain.

Greenhouses grow greenhouses. As far as the eye can see, greenhouses cover the landscape in Almeria, Spain. ‘We are slaves in the sense that we depend for our daily survival upon an expand-or-expire agro-industrial empire – a crackpot machine – that the specialists cannot comprehend and the managers cannot manage. Which is, furthermore, devouring world resources at an exponential rate.’ Edward Abbey. Photo: Yann Arthus Bertrand 

Overpopulation, overconsumption—in pictures. How do you raise awareness about population explosion? One group thought that the simplest way would be to show peopleThe Guardian April 1, 2015 See HN special report Environment and hunger

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

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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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