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Economic Intelligence – Is the Nation out of Touch?

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Touch the Soil News #389 Feeding America is the nation’s food-banking coordinator. Through their organizing efforts and sourcing donations, the system works through 60,000 non-profit local agencies that run soup kitchens and food banks. Recently, Feeding America partnered with Nielsen (a data research company). Together they put together an interactive map of the all the counties in the U.S. and their level of food insecurity. The map is identifies county-level rates of food insecurity. Many people, who are food insecure, earn too much to qualify for federal or state nutritional assistance. According to the data, 26 percent of food-insecure Americans are above the threshold of qualifying for federal assistance. High…

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Hunger Versus the Coldness of Law

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Touch the Soil News #378 In Italy, when homeless man Roman Ostraikov stole $4.50 worth of cheese and sausages because he was starving, fellow shoppers turned him in. He was fined over $100 and sentenced to 6 months in Jail. The issue went on to Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation which ruled that: “The condition of the defendant and the circumstances in which the seizure of merchandise took place prove that he took possession of that small amount of food in the face of an immediate and essential need for nourishment, acting therefore in a state of necessity.” The court ruled that Roman did not commit a crime when attempting…

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