Iowa GOP Pushes “Profoundly Cruel and Petty” Food Benefit Restrictions

Republicans in the Iowa House introduced legislation this month that would impose a slew of fresh restrictions on the kinds of food people can purchase using SNAP benefits, sparking outrage among local groups who say the measure would exacerbate hunger in the GOP-dominated state. The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC), an interfaith group that operates the largest food pantry network in… Source Source / Read More: Iowa GOP Pushes “Profoundly Cruel and Petty” Food Benefit Restrictions

Climate Change Was Already Causing Hunger to Spike. Then Russia Invaded Ukraine.

The war in Ukraine is causing shortages in the global food supply. Climate change was already creating widespread food insecurity before Russia invaded Ukraine, and the number of people facing famine or a food crisis globally is growing faster than any other time in the 21st century. Gernot Laganda, director of the Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Service at the World Food Program, explains how it’s all connected in this episode of Climate Front Lines. Music by Dan Mason. TRANSCRIPT This transcript was lightly edited. Welcome back to Climate Front Lines, the podcast about the people, places and ecosystems on…

Fertilizer Shortage Will Drive Global Food Prices Higher as Ukraine War Drags On

Across the country, people are struggling to purchase nutritious food as global inflation takes root. Low-income people already spend a disproportionate proportion of their income on groceries. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that between April 2021 and April 2022, food prices increased by an average of 9.4 percent. But that includes restaurants prices, which increased at a slightly lower clip than grocery prices. Grocery and supermarket prices, by contrast, in April were fully 10.8 percent higher than in the previous year. The department’s Economic Research Services estimates that these prices will increase a further 8 percent this year. This…