19, in Washington, in advance of a late-afternoon vote on legislation that would cut nearly $4 billion a year from the food stamp program, now used by 1 in 7 Americans. Carolyn Kaster/AP Enlarge WASHINGTON Farm-state lawmakers hoping for passage of a farm bill by the end of the year will have to bridge a deep divide between the House and the Senate over the role of the government in helping the nation’s poor. The Christian Science Monitor Weekly Digital Edition The House passed a bill Thursday that would make around $4 billion incutsannually to the almost $80 billion-a-yearfoodstampprogram and allow states to put in place broad new work requirements for recipients. A Senate-passed farm bill would make around a tenth of the amount of thosecuts, or $400 million a year. “This bill is designed to give people a hand when they need it most,” Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said on the House floor just before lawmakers passed the bill. He said the legislation “will put people on the path to self-sufficiency and independence.” The White House threatened a veto, and Senate Democrats angrily criticized the level ofcuts. “The Senate will never pass such hateful, punitive legislation,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. For decades, Congress has combined farm programs withfoodstampsto garner urban votes for the rural measure. Butfoodstampshave complicated the process this year as House conservatives have called forcuts. The cost of thefoodstampprogram, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, has more than doubled since the Great Recession deepened in 2008. More than 47 million Americans, or 1 in 7, are using the program. The Senate passed a bill including bothfoodstampsand farm programs in June. Later that month, the House defeated a farm bill that included both thefoodand farm programs after conservatives said itsfoodstampcuts around $2 billion a year weren’t high enough.
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The labs run some 200,000 tests a year, including about 100,000 for E. coli, salmonella and listeria. Esteban often is part of the team that decides to remove certain food from stores. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that roughly one in six Americans, or 48 million people, get food-borne diseases each year; 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. Esteban said the ability of scientists to detect contamination has greatly improved. Analyzing a food sample can now be done in a matter of hours instead of weeks. Scientists also are capable of extracting information on multiple pathogens from individual food samples. Esteban said scientists can produce a DNA fingerprint of dangerous bacteria found in a sick person and match it with the DNA of the bacteria found in a food source. A precise determination of the cause of an outbreak means a faster response that may save lives. Government work: Esteban spent seven years at the CDC as an epidemic intelligence service officer, staff epidemiologist and assistant director for food safety. He moved to the USDA in 2001 and has held the roles of food safety laboratory director, scientific adviser and now executive associate for laboratory services. Motivation for service: Esteban initially worked as a veterinarian but wanted greater impact.
(Colby Ware/special to The Baltimore Sun / July 29, 2012) Also By Hugo Martin September 22, 2013, 10:00 a.m. The food truck craze that has swept the nation will soon roll up to Los Angeles International Airport . No, airport security wont allow food trucks to pull to the curb of the terminal. Instead, an airport concession operator plans to install the shell of a food truck inside of Terminal 4. The fake truck will be outfitted inside with grills, pots, pans and other equipment to serve food. Starting Nov. 1, the food truck will be operated by food truck chefs based in Los Angeles, who will rotate in once a year or so. This is our way to help bring people with local talent to offer their food at the airport, said Rich Bennett, senior director of operations for HMSHost, a concession operator at Los Angeles International Airport. Meanwhile, Long Beach Airport is one of a handful of airports across the country that has allowed food trucks to park at its cellphone parking lots to dish out chow to drivers waiting to pick up friends and family members. The food truck program, called Truckn Tuesdays, was originally a summer event held the third Tuesday of each month. But it has become so popular that the airport plans to continue it indefinitely. Passengers, employees and those waiting in the area are enjoying it, said airport spokeswoman Kerry Gerot. ALSO:
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We realized we would starve if we stayed in Syria. Roula, mother The price of food doubled in my village and we couldn’t afford to eat at all. Milk, bread, everything doubled. The children became very hungry all the time. And with no nutrients, they also became sick. Jinan, mother of Siba, 3 Because of a lack of food, my children didn’t grow as they should. They started losing weight, and it was all we could do to keep them alive. Maryam, mother of two The war has shattered Syria’s economy, and the United Nations now estimates close to seven million inhabitants have been plunged into poverty since fighting began. In addition, Syria’s agriculture and infrastructure are collapsing, with grain production falling to less than half of what was typical before the war. “The world has stood and watched as the children of Syria have been shot, shelled and traumatized by the horror of war. The conflict has already left thousands of children dead, and is now threatening their means of staying alive,” said Roger Hearn, Save the Children’s regional director for the Middle East. “That some children are going to bed trapped amid fighting terrified, alone, vulnerable and with empty stomachs ought to be a stain on all our consciences.