SNAP Benefits ‘Fall Short’ – July 31, 2019

SNAP benefits ‘fall short,’ an increase would improve food security, says think tank

The premiere U.S. anti-hunger program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, fails to assure a healthy diet for millions of low-income Americans, said the think tank Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on Tuesday.

Trump threatens long-running trade war with China

President Trump offered contradictory assessments of Sino-U.S. trade talks on Tuesday, but both suggested a lengthy trade war. China hinted that strong-arm U.S. tactics would not work.

USDA says no link between school meals and SNAP proposal

Yet two Democratic lawmakers say more than half-a-million schoolchildren will lose eligibility for free meals under the Trump administration proposal to restrict so-called categorical eligibility for food stamps.


Hungry, hungry caterpillars (Harvest Public Media): Some farmers are dealing with a pest problem this season in the form of thistle caterpillars, which under the right conditions, can produce two generations within one crop season.

Another hit for Bayer (Reuters): Bayer has canceled plans to roll out a worm-fighting chemical in the U.S. after a small number of users developed skin irritation after using the product.

‘Prairie Generation’ comes home (Christian Science Monitor): A new generation of rural entrepreneurs, young men and women who return home in their 20s could, with business and social media savvy, end the population decline of the Great Plains.

African smoke fertilizes Amazon forest (University of Miami): Smoke from fires in Africa, carried by wind across the Atlantic Ocean, may be the most important source of the key nutrient phosphorus that acts as a fertilizer in the Amazon rainforest.

From toxic algae to jet fuel (WPEC-TV): Research at Lake Okeechobee demonstrates that toxic blue-green algae can be converted into a biofuel version of jet fuel.

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