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Who Lives in the Food Desert?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says a “food desert” is typically found in an urban neighborhood or rural town with poor access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. A food desert has food, but it’s not nutritious food and it costs a lot. Mari Gallagher helps us picture a food desert in her eloquent […]

The Fighting Irish Join in the Move to Fight Hunger

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Not surprisingly, Ireland — like many of its European neighbors — is dead-on serious about fighting global hunger. On November 25, 2012, in Dublin’s Wolfe Tone Park, thousands of meals were served and thousands of portions of apple juice were pressed and enjoyed — all made entirely from food that otherwise would have been wasted. […]

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“Funny Fruit” and 6 More Tactics Fight Food Waste

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A Brief issued by the National Resources Defense Council NRDC) tells the story of food waste that happens before it even gets off the farm. Left-Out: An Investigation of Fruit and Vegetable Losses on the Farm presents results of a survey commissioned by NRDC in July 2012 to gain a better sense of the volume […]

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Earth Policy Institute Sounds the Food Security Alarm

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A new publication from Lester Brown, founder of the Earth Policy Institute offers up a sober take on the current state of food availability. It’s not pretty. If Full Planet, Empty Plates reads less like a cold theoretical analysis and more like an impassioned plea from an activist, it’s because the author’s motives are laid […]

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Food Fraud Explodes

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Reported food fraud cases increased 60 percent over the last two years, according to the latest updates in the Food Fraud Database. But what does this mean? In simple terms, we’re talking about manufacturers who lie to us about food — what ingredients are actually “in there,” how much food is in the package, and what […]

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A Growing Number of American Seniors Face Poverty

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On May 3, 2012 Enid Borden, president and CEO of Meals On Wheels, wrote about her organization’s research report, Senior Hunger in America 2010: An Annual Report. She said, “That first study found that in 2005, about 5 million seniors were under threat of hunger. Five million seniors in 2005 translated into about 1 in every 9. In the […]

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We’re Thinking About Food Waste… a Lot.

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Food waste has seeped into our consciousness and — according to recent studies — it’s taking up a lot of space. • In its second annual forecast of health-related trends, the Values Institute* identified “food waste consciousness” as a top trend in 2013. • In August, 2012, EcoPulse* tagged food waste as the number one cause […]

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