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It's worth noting that Food Columnist Mark Bittman of The New York Times joined the fasting trend this week to call attention to U.S. budget proposals that slash programs for the poor and hungry. As he mentions in his Tuesday column "I surprised myself; after all I eat for a living. ...

"For me, the fast is a way to demonstrate my interest in this fight, as well as a way to remind myself and others that there are bigger things in life than dinner. (Shocking, I know.)"
Bittman shares his conversation with World Food Prize co-laureate David Beckmann of Bread for the World (Heifer's President Jo Luck received the prize as well this year).
He posted an update yesterday that tells the story of Heifer International, which as you know started with Founder Dan West, a relief worker during the Spanish Civil War who declared "These children don't need a cup, they need a cow." Read the whole column here.
Outraged by the food-related cuts in the House budget appropriations bill, Bittman notes that "one little waste of money that isn't going to be cut: the millions that the defense department spends to sponsor cars in NASCAR races. Phew."
Before we run out of space and attention, I'd like to highlight his link to an infographic by the Center for American Progress that shows a side-by-side comparsion of tax breaks for the wealthy vs. cuts to the programs that benefit the poor. Eye-opening for sure, though nothing is as simple as it looks.
Let us know what you think.


Donna Stokes

Donna Stokes is the managing editor of World Ark magazine. She has worked for Heifer International since September 2008 when she leaped over to the nonprofit world from a two-decade career in newspaper journalism.