Food Insecurity in the News: “Wasted” Opportunities, U.S. Children & Poverty, New USDA Food App

Our weekly reading list of the people, places, and discussions taking place in food insecurity across the country.

Wasted Opportunities

When we think about the need to feed the hungry, we often think about increasing food production. As John Oliver’s scathing criticism of America’s food waste problem reminded us last week, this obsession with food quantity overshadows some of our food system’s more sinister realities. The fact that about a third of the food produced worldwide for human consumption is wasted is one of modern agriculture’s most embarrassing secrets. Producing all that wasted food accounts for up to 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, a quarter of all water used for agriculture, an annual environmental cost of 750 billion USD, and a land area the size of Mexico. Meanwhile, close to a billion people suffer from chronic undernourishment.

Read the full story on Yale EPI.

Three year old Saria Amaya (L) waits with her mother after receiving shoes and school supplies during a charity event to help more than 4,000 underprivileged children at the Fred Jordan Mission in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles on October 2, 2014. Skid Row reportedly contains one of the largest populations of homeless people in the United States.                  AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON        (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)


More U.S. Children Live In Poverty Now Than During the Recession

In mid-September 2010, almost exactly two years to the date since the monumental collapse of Lehman Brothers, the New York Times published a bleak statistic: the ongoing Great Recession had driven the U.S. poverty rates to their highest in a decade and a half.

Five years of fitful economic recovery have not yet bettered this situation. According to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, more than one in five American children, about 22%, were living in poverty in 2013. Data for 2014 are not yet available, but the report anticipates that the child poverty rate remains at an “unacceptably high [level].”

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Modern Farmer: Spoiler Alert: New USDA App Helps Fight Food Waste 



The USDA estimates that 21 percent of food consumers buy goes to waste. It’s bad for our bodies, bad for our wallets, and bad for the planet. Instead of just telling us, the USDA released an app for iPhone and Android that it hopes will help solve the problem by sending us alerts when food is about to go bad.

Read the full story on Modern Farmer.