|See How Food Stamp Cuts Are Hitting Across The U.S.|
National Public Radio - 11/17/2013. By Maria Godoy, The Salt - When you think of Oregon and food, you probably think organic chicken, kale chips and other signs of a strong local food movement. What probably doesn't come to mind? Food stamps.
|The Insanity of Our Food Policy|
The New York Times - 11/17/2013. By Joseph Stiglitz, The Great Divide - American food policy has long been rife with head-scratching illogic. We spend billions every year on farm subsidies, many of which help wealthy commercial operations to plant more crops than we need. The glut depresses world crop prices, harming farmers in developing countries. Meanwhile, millions of Americans live tenuously close to hunger, which is barely kept at bay by a food stamp program that gives most beneficiaries just a little more than $4 a day.
|Sewage Sludge: A Pool Of Pathogens|
The Bradenton Times - 11/16/2013. By John Rehill - Waste water treatment plant facilities retrieve millions of gallons a day of toxic water, containing thousands of different chemicals, pathogens and heavy metals. It is all reduced to a thick slurry and in many municipalities that soup is dried and processed into pellets that are then sold or given away to homeowners, landscapers and farmers to use as fertilizer. Could we be disposing our most toxic substances in a way that puts them in our food chain?