Category: Poverty

  • Wheat Prices Up 80%

    Time for more rice. Yet the most important reason for the price shock is the rich world’s subsidized appetite for biofuels. In the United States, 14 percent of the corn crop was used to produce ethanol in 2006 — a share expected to reach 30 percent by 2010. This is also cutting into production of […]

  • The Other Martin Luther King, Jr

    Every year the media enshrines Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and always conveniently forgets the last several years of his life where he moved from race relations to class structure and poverty. In the early 1960s, when King focused his challenge on legalized racial discrimination in the South, most major media were his allies. But […]

  • Department of Agriculture Renames Hunger to ‘Food Insecurity'

    Paging Mr. Orwell: In case you missed it, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that it had erased hunger in America. It really did … erase hunger, that is. At the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "hungry" is no longer an acceptable term to describe people who are … well, hungry.  … So the […]