NAFTA at 20: The New Spin

NAFTA at 20: The New Spin

Only a few years ago, analysts were warning that Mexico was at risk of becoming a “failed state.” These days, the Mexican government appears to be doing a much better PR job. Despite the devastating and ongoing drug war, the story now goes that Mexico is...
Summertime Hunger Spike

Summertime Hunger Spike

Summertime can be a carefree, relaxing season filled with cookouts, backyard picnics, and trips to the ice cream truck. But for too many kids, summer vacation means having an empty stomach. Child hunger and food insecurity often peak during the long, hot break. At a...

Food, Egypt, and Wall Street

The dramatic rise in food prices is fueling a great deal of discontent in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere. It’s a deep undercurrent propelling many of the poor, who face prospects of starvation to resort to the streets and to violence. According to the United...
The Ethanol Industry’s $6 Billion Christmas Gift

The Ethanol Industry’s $6 Billion Christmas Gift

Who needs $6 billion? I do! Especially during the holiday season when I try to balance my budget and ever-growing Santa wish lists. I can also tell you who doesn’t need $6 billion this year: big oil and gas conglomerates. They just got a little extra via the...

Stop Secret Election Spending: A Nonpartisan Goal

Whatever you thought of the outcome of November’s elections, you were probably, like me, relieved to see the end of an unusually nasty season of political ads. An unprecedented 1.5 million political ads aired in October alone–many of them false or...

Does an heir of Goebbels measure Cuban failure?

The United States slogs through its worst crisis since the Great Depression, but some editorial writers in leading newspapers practice denial of their reality and focus instead on Cuba’s “failed socialist system.” I wonder if these opinion crafters...

Housing is a Human Right

Our nation is running a $1.4 trillion-dollar budget deficit this year. So why is Congress on track to approve more than $1 trillion for “defense” spending, while cutting back services that most countries think of as human rights? Even in the wake of...

A Worthy Goal: Feeding all our Children

The Obama administration has pledged to end childhood hunger in the U.S. by 2015. Meeting that goal will depend on whether Congress expedites or undermines this ambitious endeavor. And it has to act soon. The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act (CNR) is up for...

Food Aid Emergency

When sudden food price increases started to make headlines last summer, an estimated 852 million people were already living with crippling hunger, which the United Nations defines as continuously getting too little food to maintain a healthy and minimally active life....

The Commodities Bubble

For those following economic trends, the past 18 months are notable primarily for two reasons. First, the U.S. housing market, long seen as overvalued by alternative economists and even powerful economic institutions including the International Monetary Fund (IMF),...

Africa’s Unnatural Disaster

While the mainstream media doesn’t always ignore the pressing issue of hunger in Africa, it rarely explores the root causes of this problem. Behind most news on the issue, there’s an assumption that casts hunger as a natural result of unfortunate weather...

Food Aid or Band-aid?

FPIF invited Conn Hallinan and John Rivera to debate the issue of food aid. Hallinan, the author of the FPIF piece “ The Devil’s Brew of Poverty Relief,” has been critical of the relationship between the food aid community and commercial interests....