It's no surprise. Michael Parenti calls America's High Court its "autocratic branch." It's notoriously pro-business. It's longstanding.
Killing the romance and deliciousness of eating is not something the EU should be dabbling in, given its poor record on secret and often inscrutable governance.
The American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) increased the SNAP benefit by 13.6 percent beginning April 2009. It was always something of a shock absorber, a measure to make sure the disaffected poor would be able to have something in their belly. But as human vulnerability is treated as weakness by the budget hawks of the GOP, the scheme was always going to come under criticism and eventual savaging.
Health issues linked to industrial agriculture are the second biggest reason people choose locally grown organic food over the standard corporate options. The growing list includes a number of debilitating and fatal illnesses linked with endocrine disruptors (estrogen-like molecules) in chemical herbicides and pesticides; contamination with infectious organisms; severe allergies, immune problems and cancers associated with GMOs...and nanoparticles; type II diabetes related to growth hormones fed to US cattle and the proliferation of superbugs like MRSA...linked to antibiotics routinely fed to factory farmed animals.
By Joseph Jones - Vancouver Media Co-op
A one-hour picket went up at "PiDGiN" in the heart of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside at noon hour on Tuesday February 5 and has recurred since then...You can tell that entrepreneur restauranteur Brandon Grossutti is still feeling antsy about getting that kind of attention a few days after his grand opening.
By Comrade Black
I am not suggesting that everyone everywhere in the world should be vegan, especially not in the case of Indigenous peoples living traditionally with a diet that ‘includes’ sustenance hunting...but it really pisses me off when white folks use indigenous cultures and their traditions as a scapegoat excuse to continue eating factory farmed meat and cheese bought from a grocery store. Last I checked no traditional communities (Indigenous to Turtle Island or elsewhere) ever had factory farms as part of their traditional ways of life.
By Lauren Kelley - December 24, 2012
McDonald’s has become synonymous with food that’s terrible for you, low-wage jobs and overzealous marketing to children. Largely that’s because of McDonald’s scale; the company serves more customers each day than the entire population of Great Britain, and it hires some one million workers each year...This is all to say that there’s a lot to hate about McDonald’s. As such, here is a not-comprehensive list of some of the more outrageous facts about McDonald’s, past and present.
By JONATHAN COOK - Counterpunch
Six and a half years go, shortly after Hamas won the Palestinian national elections and took charge of Gaza, a senior Israeli official described Israel’s planned response. “The idea...is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger”...While the health ministry determined that Gazans needed daily an average of 2,279 calories each to avoid malnutrition...military officials then found a host of pretexts to whittle down the trucks to a fraction of the original figure.
By Peter Daniels - WSWS
A Gallup poll released this past week shows [that] tens of millions of American families continue to face the threat of hunger. The “food hardship” statistics are based on surveys conducted with more than 177,000 US adults during the first six months of 2012...At the same time, Congress is considering two separate bills that would cut food stamp aid under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Self-help books and articles have drawn the public’s attention to a recent and growing affliction: “addiction to work.” They present people who eventually suffer breakdowns mainly due to their grueling professional lives and are then classified by psychologists as “workaholics.” The reader is additionally informed of a range of symptoms for this strange illness: the workaholic employee or manager lives only to work...The concept “workaholism” says: something is wrong with these people...Against this, it should be said: it’s just normality, ordinary working life, which encourages people to throw themselves into work to such an extent that it drives some people to get themselves “addicted” to – of all things – work.
We are seeking submissions for a zine on being both working class and vegan, to decenter veganism away from the politics of privilege and consumerism.
Hunger is not an appropriate form of punishment, no matter what the crime. The number one thing I see people use to justify just stepping over homeless and hungry people in the streets is judgment. This idea that homeless people deserve hunger as a punishment, or perhaps as an impetus to do what society wants, is ill thought out. That thinking is also based in a holier than thou philosophy that can easily be deconstructed as well. Unless you are willing to kill someone for their crimes, cutting off access to food as the punishment is inhumane.
By Will Morrow - WSWS
Successive US administrations have maintained sanctions on North Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953, and exploited Pyongyang’s nuclear programs as the pretext to impose new ones. Over the past two decades, the nuclear issue has been used to pursue a two-track policy — either bring about the economic and political collapse of the North Korean regime, or force it to the negotiating table on American terms...The US and its allies are using food as a means to effectively starve North Korea into submission.
By Raul Rodriguez - Saturday, August 20, 2011
One in four California households with children reported food hardship, according to a new analysis of Gallup data released last Thursday by the Food Research and Action Center...“It sends a clear signal of economic distress, particularly for families with children...The answers to the question reveal there are times that these families are going without eating a meal, or the parents are skipping a meal for their children, or children are skipping meals.”
A new publishing house in Minneapolis, Subsect Press, will be releasing a book to describe how a non-hierarchical, regenerative and anti-capitalist society can meet human needs.