What We’re Reading: Article Round-Up

At WhyHunger we know it’s important to stay critically informed on the issues related to hunger and poverty, while also uplifting the voices, stories and successes of grassroots food justice advocates. So, every couple of weeks we’ll be sharing a compilation of articles that highlight the intersections of racial, social and environmental justice to spur conversations and keep you up-to-date with relevant news.

Below are our latest staff picks. Happy reading!

Article Round-Up:

1. NPR: Trump Administration Wants To Decide What Food SNAP Recipients Will Get
The Trump Administration proposed a FY 2019 budget that would include drastic and damaging changes to our food system, with one negative impact being a benefit reductions and elimination of critical aspects of SNAP.

2. Teen Vogue: Indigenous Land Acknowledgment, Explained
This article speaks about Indigenous people raising awareness for land acknowledgement and the respect for Native American history before Western Civilization.

3. NY Times: In Sweeping War on Obesity, Chile Slays Tony the Tiger
The Chilean government wants to decrease and stop the high rate of obesity in Chile that is negatively affecting public health by cutting down marketing for junk foods.

4. The Guardian: Fight for $15 and Rev. Barber Announce Fast-Food Worker Strike for Racial Justice and Voting Rights
On the 50th anniversary of the sanitation workers’ march with MLK Jr, the new People’s Poor Campaign along with other labor advocates are growing the movement to fight for a $15 minimum wage to lower systemic poverty and achieve racial justice.

5. Salon: What the 2018 Farm Bill Means for Urban, Suburban and Rural America
We know that the 2018 Farm Bill is important and impacts farmers around the country, but this article also give us more details about the different ways the Farm Bill will affect various communities and areas in the U.S.

6. NY Times: The U.S. Can No Longer Hide From Its Deep Poverty Problem
This article delves into the rise of deep or extreme poverty in America and raises questions about poor health, material poverty, and how the U.S. compares to other countries.

7. Common Dreams: Farming for a Small Planet
Do you ever wonder what it would take to grow and provide fresh and healthy food in the US in a sustainable manner? Author Frances Moore Lappé discusses why agroecology is the better (and realistic) alternative to feed our nation vs. the harmful industrial agriculture system that we have today.

Kristina Erskine