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Winter 2011

Volume 16 Number 1

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About this issue...by Jane and Larry Levine and Christina Schiavoni

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Larry and Jane Levine and Christina Schiavoni

This special issue of the newsletter marks only the second time in our long history that we have devoted the entire issue to one subject, Food & Sustainability. This important theme will be continued in future issues.

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WhyHunger at 35: making connections, building the movement, sticking to its roots...by Alison Cohen

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Alison Cohen

For the past year I’ve been a part of a WhyHunger team working with community-based organizations to build a regional network to address issues of persistent lack of access to fresh and affordable food in Mississippi. After a day of travelling throughout the Delta down dusty roads through small towns stopping along the way to walk a farmer’s land or witness a makeshift food pantry in action, I wrote the following in my travel journal: My boots are muddy, feet frozen, face wind-chapped, head churning with images and ideas — another invigorating and inspiring day touring farms and meeting with community partners throughout the Delta in Mississippi. I’m overwhelmed by how much work there is to do and I’m full of hope.

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Bringing lasting change to school food: how we do it, and how you can, too...by Meredith Modzelewski

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Meredith Modzelewski

While it’s easy enough to say that children need healthy food – and the right amount of it – in order to succeed, far too many children come to school hungry. A hungry child can’t learn or play well, and school food may be her main meal of the day. In the U.S., more than 30 million children eat school food five days a week, 180 days a year – so it’s incredibly important that these meals are healthful.

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Just eat food ...by Joan Dye Gussow

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Joan Dye Gussow

Many years ago, as I was beginning my formal study of nutrition, I spent a classroom break chatting with a new friend who was experienced in the field. I was in the process of learning more than I ever thought I wanted to know about vitamins and minerals, and told my friend that I had been thinking about nutrition education. I realized, I said, that it would take me about 20 minutes to teach ordinary people what they ought to eat if they wanted to be healthy: less meat, less fat, lots of grains and fruits and vegetables, some dairy. “The problem is that there are all those other things in the supermarket designed to confuse them.”

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Eat the sky: the food and climate connection...by Anna Lappé

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Anna Lappé

The first half of 2010 will go down in history as the hottest January to July on record, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The top 11 warmest years all occurred in the last 13. But despite this historic heat and the growing evidence that skyrocketing manmade greenhouse gas emissions are fundamentally and permanently altering the climate as we know it, our elected leaders are dragging their feet on binding emissions limits—even backsliding on embracing climate science.

When the 112th Congress was sworn in on January 6th, dozens of its ranks were unabashed climate change deniers and Republican leadership was seriously talking about ending the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

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Camel farming in Tanzania...by Donna Stokes

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Donna Stokes

Timothy Sheghere Mgonja is a father of six children, including his 7-year-old daughter Sifa, the youngest. He is the fun sort of dad who once chaperoned a group of kids on a field trip to the Meserani Snake Park and Maasai Museum in Arusha, a nearby city.

After watching the delighted children ride camels at the tourist park, the struggling farmer asked the park workers how much money camels make them on each ride. He was pleasantly surprised. When he learned of the other extraordinary benefits of camels, including milk production and their ability to haul water and firewood and even to pull a plow, he was completely sold.

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