November 5, 2013
Re "Millions to feel food stamp cuts," Nov. 2 Cutting the food stamp and other domestic programs is contradictory to the image that the United States wishes to present to its citizens and the world as a generous and caring nation. This ideal image is further contradicted by the enormous spending on the defense budget and the military/industrial complex, far surpassing the defense budgets of all other countries. Looking at the statistics rather than the label "United States," our country's spending priorities do not show a benign nation.
November 5, 2013 |
It's not often that the so-called food cops have kind words for the fast-food industry, but there are a few of them in a new report on the offerings from restaurants such as McDonald's, KFC and Taco Bell -- and how they are marketed to kids. Analysts from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity - a leading proponent of efforts to remove sugary drinks from schools and impose a sin tax on sodas , among other initiatives - analyzed the menu offerings from 18 fast-food chains.
November 4, 2013 |
No one expected Congress to step in and avert the sharp cuts in food stamp benefits that kicked in Friday. We're beyond expecting anything from this Congress on short notice except for grandstanding and spurts of inaction. But it's proper to remind ourselves of what happened to the one-in-five Americans who still depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for help putting food on the table. We reported earlier that on Nov. 1 food stamp benefits were to be cut by $5 billion for this fiscal year.
November 3, 2013 |
The day after Halloween, the federal government rolled back food stamp benefits for all 47.6 million people who receive them, officially ending one of the last remaining stimulus efforts left over from President Obama's first months in office - while also making it harder for millions of Americans to get enough to eat. The callousness displayed in cutting vital safety net benefits at a time when millions lack the resources to feed their families adequately...
November 2, 2013 |
Some 47 million poor Americans who rely on food stamps for their meals will have to get by on less, after their benefits were cut Friday. In California, which struggles with nearly 9% unemployment, local officials are girding for the fallout after the benefit for a family of four receiving food stamps was lowered by $36 a month. About 4.2 million Californians are affected by the drop in benefits, including more than 1.1 million residents of Los Angeles County. And many local businesses will be hurt as well, because California's food stamp recipients will be spending $46million less per month in local stores.
November 1, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Hardly had the ink dried on President Enrique Peña Nieto's contentious $14-billion tax plan when big business - especially the powerful maquiladora industry on Mexico's border with the U.S. - raised a loud voice of protest, vowing to fight a package that opponents say will cripple industry. Major business groups, after weeks of unsuccessful lobbying, said Friday they would mount legal challenges to block the plan, which won final congressional approval Thursday and would raise taxes on border enterprises including the thriving maquiladoras, as the export-centered assembly plants near the border are known.
November 1, 2013 |
U.S. food retailers are poised to take a hit as the federal government reduces its $78 billion-a-year food stamp program. Grocery stores and other food retailers have struggled in recent years as consumers battered by high unemployment and shrinking wages switched from upscale products to discounted bulk goods and generic brands. Food sales, especially at discounters such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., could be further crimped by the $5-billion, or roughly 6%, annual cut in food stamps that took effect Friday.
November 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON--More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps awoke on Friday to deal with the harsh reality that their benefits will decrease because emergency payments from the federal government to stimulate the economy have expired. That decrease, which works out to about $36 a month for a family of four, could be just the first step in food allowance cuts. Congress is currently debating how to fund what is now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, with Republicans seeking sharp reductions in the rapidly growing program.
October 31, 2013 |
Several years ago, a cookbook editor friend called asking my advice on whether she should publish Jacques Pépin's autobiography. Pepin is one of my heroes in food, I told her, but I'd pass on the book - all chef biographies tend to follow the same story arc, there's not a lot new to be said. Wisely she ignored me, and though "The Apprentice" turned out just as I predicted plot-wise, it was one of the bestselling cookbooks of the year. I learned two lessons from that incident: I'm a lot better off as a second-guessing journalist, and when it comes to these autobiographies, plot is secondary to character.
October 30, 2013 |
Craving a burger off a fast-food dollar menu? Chances are that it now costs more than a buck. Customers are still reeling from McDonald's move last week to update its Dollar Menu, which for more than a decade offered burgers, fries and other items for less than a dollar apiece. The menu accounts for as much as 14% of the chain's overall U.S. sales. But soon, the list will morph into what's being called the Dollar Menu & More, which mixes the standard $1 items in with $2 goods and $5 shareable family meals designed to, as McDonald's puts it, "fill the need for choice, flexibility and other preferences.