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    Are 14 Percent of Americans Chronically Hungry?

    Earlier this week, a New York Times editorial claimed that 14.5 percent of U.S. households are experiencing “pangs of chronic hunger.” This figure is based on a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It’s misleading, though. The 14.5 percent figure used by the Times refers to “food … More

    G8 Summit: Fight Global Hunger with Economic Freedom

    This week, President Obama is in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, for the G8 summit, an annual meeting of the world’s wealthiest countries: the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Last year, world hunger was on the agenda as the President hosted G8 leaders at his … More

    Getting More Bang for the Buck from Food Aid

    Proposed changes to food aid programs would allow U.S. tax dollars to feed more people at a lower cost. Representatives Ed Royce (R–CA) and Karen Bass (D–CA) recently proposed legislation that would remove counter-productive restrictions on the use of food-aid dollars while ending a wasteful process known as “monetization.” Monetization … More

    North Korea: A Neglected Human Rights Crisis

    North Korea has been making headlines for its threats of preemptive nuclear attacks on the United States. In addition to North Korea’s belligerent military actions, the international community cannot turn a blind eye to the regime’s appalling record of human rights violations and its economic stagnation resulting from three generations … More

    Welfare: Tackling the Fastest-Growing Part of Government Spending

    Multiple reports of welfare abuse have hit the headlines in recent weeks, from a million-dollar lottery winner receiving food stamps to a Massachusetts drug dealer attempting to use welfare cash to post bail and an Alabama nightclub advertising a “Food Stamp Friday” party. These examples highlight the need to reform … More

    Muppet Lily: One of the Few Hungry Children in America

    There’s a new kid on the block. Muppet Lily joined Elmo and Big Bird on the cast of Sesame Street last month. Despite Lily’s bright pink face looking cheery and healthy in her debut episode, the audience found out that Lily deals with hunger and food insecurity. Sesame Street’s newest … More

    The Obamas and Food in America: Another Flip-Flop?

    Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama launched a campaign against childhood obesity, which is interesting considering President Barack Obama’s past statements on hunger in America. In November of 2009 — only three short months ago — President Obama “reacted with concern” at a report that Americans are suffering “record levels” … More

    Hunger Today and Food Rationing Tomorrow: The End Results of the Left's Global Warming Policies

    Barack Obama doesn’t have a long career in the United States Senate, but while he has been there he has been a consistent supporter of subsidies and mandates for ethanol (his home state of Illinois is a major corn producer). To this day, it is still a key element in … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Initiative for Public Policy Analysis executive director Thompson Ayodele writes about hunger, trade, and his homeland Nigeria in The Madison Times: Food prices have skyrocketed internationally. In my own Nigeria, rice has epitomized the crisis after doubling in price since last year. … It’s not hard to link African food … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The New York Times reports today that at least 29 governments, including China, Norway, and South Korea, have drastically limited the amount of food their people can export. These protectionist measures have only worsened the global hunger crisis by driving up the price of food for poor nations. Heritage scholars … More