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With the passing of the Agricultural Act of 2014, I feel it especially important to share my personal story of food insecurity. After long and painful negotiations over our nation’s agricultural and nutrition safety net programs, the Agricultural Act of 2014 has finally passed. Unfortunately, the bill included $8 billion in cuts over the next 10 years to SNAP (formerly Food Stamps). This means that 850,000 low-income households will receive fewer benefits to help them keep food on the table.

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This Nationwide Drought: Bad for Food Prices and Good for Insects

With drought-tied U.S. corn prices at a record high, the effects will ripple far and wide.

The worst drought in half a century will cause food prices to skyrocket, according to the latest figures released by the USDA. More than 60 percent of the country is currently in some state of drought, and week by week, it has worsened. In the past month, the price of corn has climbed 50 percent to an all time high of $8.24 per bushel and is expected to continue upward.

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Revamped Food Day Seeks to 'Transform the American Diet'

The goal of Food Day, which takes place today, is ambitious: to "transform the American diet," in the words of its founder.


In the mid-1970s, Michael Jacobson created Food Day to push for better food safety legislation and convince more Americans to eat healthier. At the time, the only food-related issue regularly making headlines was hunger. Eating local, organic food was not on anyone's mind. The event ran for three years before low budgets and low enthusiasm caused its demise.

In 2011, food issues—from sustainable agriculture to food deserts to "buy local" initiatives—occupy a prominent space in the public eye. So Jacobson decided it was time to bring the event back, and today marks the first Food Day since 1977. The goal is ambitious: to "transform the American diet," says Jacobson, founder and executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. That means events in dozens of cities across America focused on educating people about where their food comes from and how to "push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way."

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