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|By: ThirdandState Friday November 8, 2013 7:00 pm|
A major funding cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) took effect November 1, impacting 1.8 million Pennsylvanians.
SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is our nation’s first line of defense against hunger and a powerful tool to help keep families out of poverty. Benefits are modest, offering many Pennsylvania families a crucial bridge in this slow economic recovery.
The November 1 cut is the result of an expiring provision in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that temporarily boosted SNAP to strengthen the economy and ease hardship in the wake of the recession. The cut totals $5 billion nationwide for the remaining months of the federal fiscal year (November 2013-September 2014), including $183 million in Pennsylvania.
|By: Kit OConnell Saturday October 26, 2013 10:15 am|
A recurring theme at this year’s South by SouthWest Eco 2013 in Austin, Texas was the future of food.
Our food supply is both ecologically unsustainable and inhumane. 36 million tons of food waste ends up in landfills annually while people worldwide and in our neighborhoods go hungry. We don’t pay the full cost of our food — not just the time and labor of agriculture, but the expense of transporting that food into urban centers using our dwindling supplies of polluting petrochemicals. As we run out of oil, there are fears that our food prices will increase & the system will collapse. Meanwhile, the poor and minorities of our cities are already suffering not just from the difficulty of affording food but simply finding it. Food deserts are neighborhoods where there is no local grocery store or supermarket, forcing many residents to subsist on unhealthy, fast food and corner store convenience foods.
|By: Ruth Calvo Sunday October 20, 2013 8:01 am|
There’s a head cold going around in my household, so it occurred to me that this would be a good time to see what’s right and what’s wrong about this old saying. While we usually are inundated with ads for medical solutions to the wheezing and sneezing, I tend to stay away from anything artificial so would be applying the chicken soup and raw onions instead.
|By: Lisa Derrick Wednesday August 7, 2013 8:00 pm|
An appearance on DWTS isn’t a guarantee for long-term success. Just ask Bristol Palin.
|By: Michelle Chen Friday August 2, 2013 1:05 pm|
Some lawmakers in Washington may be losing sleep in the coming weeks as they mull over proposed immigration reform legislation. But many migrant children are haunted at night for a different reason—the quiet nightmare of noxious winds that fill their bedrooms with toxic fumes, a hidden chemical disaster looming over the fields where their parents work.
|By: spocko Wednesday July 31, 2013 8:00 pm|
A couple of years ago Mrs. Spocko and I were doing some fine dining in the lovely North Beach section of San Francisco. This was a white tablecloth, soft-lighting restaurant so we expected something a bit better than our local taqueria. We both ordered green salads. When they arrived I started trying to break the land speed record for fastest fork to mouth. Mrs. Spocko is much more dignified. She noticed that there were several slimy black pieces of lettuce clinging to the green pieces. I looked down to my half finished salad and noticed the same.
We called over the waiter, who felt the need to stand up for the salad’s wholesomeness. He said, and I quote, “It comes in a bag.”
|By: DSWright Thursday June 20, 2013 12:16 pm|
Agribusiness monopoly Monsanto is facing class action lawsuits after its genetically modified wheat was found in areas it was never approved to be in. Monsanto still claims it is mystified and that all its experimental GMO wheat was destroyed.
The search for the rogue wheat is still ongoing.
|By: Michelle Chen Sunday June 16, 2013 5:20 pm|
Americans these days are nervous about what they eat, and they should be, what with outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, meat pumped with veterinary drugs and genetically modified organisms creeping into our groceries. And in May, when the iconic brand of Smithfield Foods was bought by a Chinese multinational, there seemed to be still more cause for alarm. China seems even more rife with food hazards: rivers brimming with pig carcasses, poisonous baby formula, lakes of toxic waste.