Though we've been sharing a lot of information the past couple of days about how the government needs to continue to make an investment in ending hunger and poverty while they work out the U.S. budget, I thought I'd share some recent articles that have been passed around Heifer headquarters this week.
Though the Red Cross made a successful drop of food drop in Samalia this week, the Somalia’s deputy prime minister said in a FAO meeting that people in areas who were controlled by Al-Shabaab may starve to death if aid doesn’t reach them in the next couple of weeks. According to the U.N., an estimated 11.6 million people need humanitarian assistance in the Horn of Africa. Check out our recent blog post about what you can do to help.
There has been a lot of added discussion this week to the Let’s Move! Program set up by First Lady Michelle Obama to put healthy foods back into smaller communities. So what will happen to all of the ‘bad’ food that will still be out there? It could possibly be taxed. At least 30 cities have considered putting a tax on soda or all sugar-sweetened beverages. Would you still order your soft drink if it the prices goes up?
Throughout all of the articles I read during the week, climate change is still high on the trending topic list. This week an article pointed out that many U.S. cities could face water-related climate dangers. How can we fight climate change? By not focusing on it said Time.
The State of the Nation Housing 2011 report came out with some interesting facts. For instance, the number of people facing housing challenges increased about 30 perfect from 2007 to 2009 to more than 170,000. And since last measured in 2009, 19.4 million spent more than half of their incomes on housing. After paying their money outlays to rent, families with children had only $593 left to cover all other expenses.
Share your comments with me below - I'd love to know what you have to think about all of the topics mentioned above. There is a lot going on in the world right now, but there is also a lot we can do to help.