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Food insecurity in America: Next meal…unknown

The public health crisis in the United States is typically illustrated with alarming obesity rates and images of super-sized fast food portions. However 50 million Americans, or one in four of the nation’s children, are food insecure, meaning that they do not always have access to healthy foods to sustain them throughout the day. The…

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Like other cities, Atlanta has a suburban poverty problem

You can’t always judge a book by its cover. In our culture, the term ““inner city” conjures images of condemned buildings and dilapidated public housing units as we mentally label “inner-city” as “poor.” We also often associate the term “suburban” with “affluent,” as we imagine idyllic neighborhoods with large backyards and quality schools. However, a…

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Hog Hell: How a citizen lobby influenced policy in North Carolina

Over the past 20 years, the pork industry in the United States has increased productivity and cut costs through industrialization.  The process of pork production, once dominated by over hundreds of thousands small independent hog farmers, has become more concentrated in order to take advantage of economies of size. The reduction in the number of…

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Please raise my taxes

I am part of America’s middle class and I want to pay higher taxes. Before you call me insane, let me explain that I want to pay higher taxes in the same way that I “want” to work-out, eat less chocolate, and watch less television. I know that regardless of how much I complain while…

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