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It's been a very busy week at Heifer Headquarters. We've had some of our wonderful volunteers in the office, been busy writing about the great working going on, and even created a little stir with our post about reality checks for Hollywood.
On top of working on all our daily projects and tasks we have been reading articles that really hit home of why our work is continually needed.
Climate change seems to be all over the news lately. Whether the weather man is discussing it on your local television station or an article about how it's changing agriculture issues in countries all over the world, the discussion of climate change is here to stay. Check out this infographic map that shows the effects of climate change in your neighborhood provided by www.SmartPlanet.com -
The International Business Times put together a compelling group of photographs showing the malnourished children in Africa suffering from the drought. I have to warn you that these images are very strong and shouldn't be shared in front of children. - http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/182133/20110718/horn-of-africa-drought-somalia-food-crisis-horn-of-africa-food-crisis-africa-drought-africa-malnutri.htm 
 First Lady Michelle Obama announced the start of the California FreshWorks Fund designed to increase access to healthy, low-cost food in poor neighborhoods in the state. The $200-million financing is to attract grocery stores to neighborhoods who have limited access to fresh, healthy food. Read more about the project here: http://philanthropy.com/blogs/the-giveaway/financing-access-to-healthy-food-in-california/493?sid=pt&utm_source=pt&utm_medium=en
Even though the local food movement in American is gaining steam, does it have enough to scale up the programs? Without sufficient capital from the private sector to build large, profitable bussinesses this will become a fad, not a movement. http://www.fastcompany.com/1768276/can-the-local-food-movement-scale-up
Leave your thoughts about any of these articles in our comments section and let us know what you've been reading or anything you'd like to share. 
As the School House Rocks cartoons use to say, knowledge is power.

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Maegan Clark

Maegan Clark loves social media even more than Southern sweet tea. She is currently pursuing her master’s in public administration and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a specialized study in public relations. Since working at Heifer, she has deepened her appreciation for the urgency with which we must end global hunger and poverty.