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At Least 22 Children Die After Eating Contaminated Free School Lunch In India

Within hours of eating a free school lunch apparently contaminated with a deadly insecticide, at least 22 children were dead and dozens of others hospitalized in the northeastern Indian state of Bihar on Tuesday, the New York Times reports (Harris/Kumar, 7/17). “The focus of the investigation is on the oil…

Maritime Industry Will Continue To Advocate Status Quo In Food For Peace Program

“The Food for Peace Program (PL-480) has been in the forefront of Washington, D.C., maritime issues for the past six months and will most likely continue to be a main concern in the near future,” Captain Lee Kincaid, president of the American Maritime Congress (AMC), writes in a Maritime Executive opinion piece. He…

GlobalPost Blog Examines How Civil War In CAR Affecting Child Health

GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog reports on how civil war in the Central African Republic (CAR) is affecting the public health system, leading to higher rates of child malnutrition and malaria. Citing a report (.pdf) from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the blog writes, “During the first quarter of 2013, MSF treated 33…

Food For Peace Program Still Necessary

In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed Public Law 480, now known as Food for Peace, a program that since has “saved millions of lives,” author William Lambers writes in a post The Hill’s “Congress Blog.” The program “was started because there was so much food in the United States, it…

ONE Blog Reflects On Feed The Future Results, Limitations

“ONE agriculture expert David Hong and Stephanie Hanson of One Acre Fund report on Feed the Future from Iringa, Tanzania,” in a post in the ONE blog, writing that the program “is the U.S. government’s most cost-effective way to fight poverty and spur economic growth.” They highlight some results Feed…

Egypt Facing Food Security Concerns, FAO Report Says

“Civil unrest and dwindling foreign exchange reserves raise serious food security concerns in Egypt, the United Nations’ food agency said in a report on Thursday,” Reuters reports. Grain import requirements for 2013-2014 will remain the same as this year in Egypt, the world’s largest wheat importer, because of a growing…

India Should Work To Improve Public Health System In Order To Curb Malnutrition

“Poor sanitation and high morbidity are two key factors explaining India’s high malnutrition burden,” a LiveMint editorial states, adding, “India’s flawed food policy — which has focused solely on cereals such as rice and wheat at the expense of pulses, fruits and vegetables — and stark gender inequality, which causes…

MSF Says Food Insecurity, Disease Worsening In CAR, Calls For More Humanitarian Aid

“The precarious security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is worsening seasonal food insecurity and increasing the burden of disease, especially among children, warns a humanitarian official” from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), IRIN reports. Ellen Van Der Velden, the head of mission of MSF in CAR, said the group has…

Essay Examines Issue Of ‘Peak Water,’ Implications For Global Food Supply

“Wells are drying up and underwater tables falling so fast in the Middle East and parts of India, China and the U.S. that food supplies are seriously threatened, one of the world’s leading resource analysts has warned,” The Guardian reports. “In a major new essay, Lester Brown, head of the…

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