I’m moderating an online webinar on the new Slow Food book, Ark of Taste, with authors David S. Shields and Giselle Kennedy Lord. For information and registration click here. It’s at 4:00 p.m. EST.
Happy Thanksgiving: three reports on hunger and politics
New York City’s Coalition Against Hunger has issued a new report on the city’s Superstorm of Hunger.
It comes with an Infographic summarizing the principal action points:
- Create good jobs
- Invest in people
- Strengthen the safety net
- Build strong partnerships
And Circa provides an illustrated, interactive (check the links!) account of an analysis by the Sunlight Foundation of how lobbyists and tax dollars affect the cost of your thanksgiving dinner.
The bottom line: Agribusiness spent $71 million on campaign contributions and $95 million on lobbying in 2012. For example:
The National Turkey Federation — a member of an agricultural businesses coalition —has given $1.37 million in campaign contributions since 1989, focused mainly on the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. The group has also spent $3.58 million on lobbying during that time, taking aim at laws for turkey exports and antibiotic rules.
Enjoy your dinner!