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While Corporate Wealth Soars, Food Insecurity for the American Poor Gets No Better

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, a measure of the value of U.S. corporate wealth, has been hitting record highs lately:

But in a news release this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that the percentage of households with food insecurity remains historically high:

That food insecurity index is made up of a [...]

The Spiny Sac Cucumber

When farmers plant vast fields of soybeans and corn, and some vines of wild cucumber pop up in the fields, which plant is really the invader? [...]

A Pint-Sized Stimulus Package: Summer Reading Club and Lunch Program

Lately, there’s a lot of attention being given to bailouts for banks and rescue for big corporate automakers, but there’s a more enduring sort of stimulus package that has my enduring respect. Each summer my neighborhood library, the Northside Library here in Columbus, launches a joint summer reading club and free lunch program for kids [...]

USDA Gardens Aren't Actually Planned

If the Secretary of Agriculture can’t even organize the planting of a vegetable garden, then how can he reasonably lead an organization with responsibility for an entire nation’s food policy? [...]