50 million Americans living in poverty in the U.S.

Food stamps keep about five million people out of poverty.

There are some big problems with the way poverty is measured in this country. A Census report came out this week based on the “supplemental poverty measure” — a newer, unofficial method that figures in the value of many government benefits, the cost of living in different cities, and health-care costs.

 

 

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Insect-eating is the future of food

Insects may be the food of the future.

In Western societies, eating insects is considered disgusting or even primitive. But 2 billion people elsewhere consume insects on a regular basis.  According to a report released last month by the UN, the benefits of using insects as food is so great that it is high time we convert the other 5 billion people into insect-eaters.

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World poverty rate is shrinking rapidly: Study

The brighter global picture is the result of international and national aid and development projects.

According to a new groundbreaking academic study, some of the poorest people in the world are becoming significantly less poor.  The study has taken a new approach to measuring deprivation.  Oxford University’s poverty and human development initiative report predicts that countries among the most impoverished in the world could see acute poverty eradicated within 20 years if they continue at present rates.

 

 

 

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67% of American university faculty are part-time employees

Chemistry professor Robert Parson instructs his students in a lecture hall classroom during a chemistry class at Colorado University.

An annual meeting of the The American Anthropological Association is held  to showcase research from around the world.  Thousands of other anthropologists  usually pay $650 for airfare, $400 for three nights in a “student” hotel, $70 for membership, and $94 for admission. The latter two fees are student rates. If you are unemployed or underemployed scholar, the rates would double.

 

 

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19% of Americans struggle to put food on the table

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The number of Americans who lack access to basic necessities like food and health care is now higher than it was at the peak of the Great Recession, a survey released Thursday found. And in a finding that could worsen fears of U.S. decline, the share of Americans struggling to put food on the table is now three times as large as the share of the Chinese population in the same position.

 

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Unplanned pregnancies increase among low-income women

unplanned pregnancy

The unplanned pregnancy rate among women with incomes below the federal poverty line jumped by 50 percent between 1994 and 2006.

Nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned and they are increasingly concentrated among low-income women, according to a new study.

 

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