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Walmart’s Hunger Games: How America’s Largest How America’s Largest Employer and Richest Family Worsen the Hunger Crisis

November 26, 2014 | By

re-posted from EatDrinkPolitics In the United States, 49 million individuals suffer from hunger, including 15.8 million children. In the last three years, the number of participants in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps) grew by 42% to more than 47 million Americans. The growth in …

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G.O.P. Error Reveals Donors and the Price of Access

October 16, 2014 | By

Recently published documents, reports The New York Times, show that many of America’s most prominent companies, from Aetna to Walmart, have poured millions of dollars into the campaigns of Republican governors since 2008. “This is a classic example of how corporations are trying to use secret money, hidden from the …

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A Million Ways to Die in the U.S.

October 9, 2014 | By

In a commentary entitled A Million Ways to Die in the U.S. on the Daily Show, noted public health analyst John Stewart asks why America is eager to take action on threats to health from abroad but unwilling to act on those hazards manufactured in the US of A.

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Action on Smoking and Health Releases Report on US Implementation of FCTC

September 17, 2014 | By

  Action on Smoking and Health, an organization founded in 1967 that seeks to ensure that the public health community addresses the tobacco epidemic in a unified and coherent manner, has released a report The WHO FCTC Implementation Guide for U.S. State and Local Officials. The introduction is below. The …

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Climate Change, Food and Health: Taking Action to Address Root Causes

September 10, 2014 | By

The “good” news is that three of the world’s most serious threats —human-induced climate change, accelerating epidemics of chronic diseases, and growing food insecurity — have common causes and therefore potentially common solutions. The 2014 Climate Summit at the United Nations later this month provides an opportunity for scientists, government …

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Back to School Books on Corporations and Health

August 6, 2014 | By

For those who make a living teaching about health, August means getting ready for returning to the classroom and introducing new students to what we think is important. A basic premise of Corporations and Health Watch is that every health professional should understand something about the ways corporations influence health …

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“Hide No Harm” Bill Will Tip the Balance in Favor of Science and Safety over Corporate Profits

August 4, 2014 | By

Cross-posted from The Equation On July 16, Senators Richard Blumenthal (CT), Tom Harkin (IA) and Robert Casey (PA) introduced S. 2615, the “Hide No Harm Act.” Their legislation would impose criminal penalties—fines and even imprisonment—on corporate executives if they knowingly failed to warn the public about life-threatening dangers in their products. …

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