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2014-02-12 08:31:43

New study identifies most promising agricultural tools for feeding the world's poorest WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Increased demand for food due to population and income growth, and the impacts of climate change on agriculture will ratchet up the pressure for increased and more sustainable agricultural production to feed the planet. A new report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) measures the impacts of agricultural innovation on farm productivity,...

2014-01-28 09:26:15

The study this story is based on is available in ScholarsArchive@OSU: http://bit.ly/LCp10Y One of the few studies of its type has found that a startling 59 percent of college students at one Oregon university were “food insecure” at some point during the previous year, with possible implications for academic success, physical and emotional health and other issues. Contrary to concerns about obesity and some students packing on “the freshman 15” in weight gain, another reality is...

2013-10-21 12:27:35

New microsite serves as a platform for addressing food insecurity as a public health issue CHICAGO, Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Feeding America, the nation's leading hunger-relief organization, in partnership with National Dairy Council and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, announce the launch of the Healthy Food Bank Hub - an innovative microsite of feedingamerica.org. The microsite (healthyfoodbankhub.feedingamerica.org) was developed with support from fellow...

2013-10-04 13:14:26

In a commentary in this week's issue of Lancet, pediatricians from Boston Medical Center (BMC) call the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program), one of America's most cost-effective and successful public health programs in the country. According to the authors, not only does it make life much better for children and families, it also saves society money. Unfortunately they also point out that despite convincing evidence of the beneficial effects of...

2013-06-10 12:29:34

Children and Minorities Experience Highest Rates of Food Insecurity CHICAGO, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, today released "Map the Meal Gap 2013," which provides estimates of food insecurity at the county and congressional district level. Food insecurity is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's measure of the lack of access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. To...

2013-02-04 08:28:09

WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- InnoCentive, Inc., the global leader in open innovation, crowdsourcing, and prize competitions, and AARP Foundation, AARP's charitable affiliate, today announced the winners of two Challenges that sought innovative ideas for long-term, sustainable programs aimed at preventing, reducing, or eliminating food insecurity and the number of food deserts, respectively, among adults 50 and older without reliance on food provisions by third-party providers...

2012-09-05 10:26:49

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveal that 14.9 percent of American households--including one in six Americans--suffered from food insecurity in 2011. Food insecure households are those that struggle to put food on the table and often don't know where their next meal will come from. In 2011, 16.7 million children lived in such households. "These figures are unconscionably high, but virtually...

2012-07-09 17:27:43

An estimated 3.8 million California adults – particularly those in households with children, as well as low-income Latinos – could not afford to put adequate food on the table during the recent recession, according to a new policy brief by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. In 2009, about one in six low-income Californians had "very low food security," which describes multiple instances in which people had to cut their food intake and experienced hunger, according to...

2012-05-16 06:29:18

OTTAWA, May 16, 2012 /CNW/ - As the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food winds up his mission to Canada, Food Secure Canada is calling for a national food policy, based on the recommendations in Resetting the Table: A People's Food Policy for Canada. "The Special Rapporteur has traveled in Canada for the past ten days, hearing staggering statistics and stories about food insecurity, health issues and the outrageous costs of food in remote and Northern regions. He has reminded...

2012-04-29 19:57:31

Mothers with 'food insecurity' more likely to engage in feeding practices associated with childhood weight gain While eating too much food can cause obesity, the fear of not having enough food may lead to the same result, according to a study to be presented Saturday, April 28, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Boston. Being worried about not having enough food to feed one's family, a situation called food insecurity, is common in low-income families. These...