Thursday, February 21, 2019

Hunger Quiz

Hunger Quiz
 (answers at bottom of quiz)

Gleaned from resources shared by Growing Hope Globally, formerly Foods Resource Bank.

1.       One in every ______ people goes to bed hungry each night. 
Around the world, 842 million people do not have enough of the food they need to live an active, healthy life.  People suffering from chronic hunger are plagued with recurring illness, developmental disabilities and low productivity.  They are often forced to use all their limited physical and financial resources just to put food on the table. 

2.       ______ percent of the world’s hungry live in developing countries.  
The highest number of malnourished people, 553 million, live in Asia and the Pacific, in countries like Indonesia and the Philippines.  In sub-Saharan Africa, 227 million people face hunger in arid countries like Ethiopia, Niger, and Mali.  And 47 million people in Latin America and the Carribbean, in places like Guatemala and Haiti, are struggling to find enough to eat.  The majority of these hungry families live in rural areas where they widely depend on agriculture to survive.

3.      _____ percent of the world’s hungry are women.
Male –dominated social structures in many places limit the resources women have- job opportunities, financial services, education- making them more vulnerable to poverty and hunger.  This, in turn, impacts their children.  A
mother who suffers from hunger and malnourishment has an increased risk of suffering complications during childbirth or giving birth to an underweight baby, which can mean irreversible physical and mental stunting right from childbirth.

4.       ____ percent of the world’s poorest families don’t buy their food- they grow it.  Many poverty-stricken families depend on their land and livestock for both food and income, leaving them vulnerable to natural disasters that can quickly strip them of their livelihoods. 
Drought- the result of climate change and increasingly unpredictable rainfall  - has become one of the most common causes of food shortages in the world.  It consistently causes crop failures, kills entire herds of livestock and dries up farmland in poor countries that have no other means to survive.

5.       __________ of the food produced around the world is never consumed.
In developing countries, so much food is wasted due to inadequate food production systems.  Inefficient farming techniques, lack of post-harvest storage and management resources, and weak market connections are some of the factors responsible for significant food losses in these countries each year.

6.       _______ million children go hungry every day.
And most of them are suffering from long-term malnourishment that as serious health implications – and will keep them from reaching their full potential.  Malnutrition causes stunting – when the body fails to fully develop physically and mentally – and increases a child’s risk of death and lifelong illness.  A child who is chronically hungry cannot grow or learn to their full ability.  In short, it steals away their future.

7.       Every _____ seconds, a child dies from hunger.
Poor nutrition is responsible for nearly half of all deaths in children under the age of 5- 3.1 million children die each year because their bodies don’t have enough of the basic nutrients they need to function and grow.

8.       There will be over _________ more people who need food by 2050.
The world’s population is projected to exceed 9 billion by 2050- up from 6.9 billion in 2010.  Making sure there’s enough for everyone to east will be an increasing concern as the population multiplies.  Even though we must increase production to keep up with the demand and find new, secure sources of food, the main challenge in the future fight against hunger will be ensuring that every family is able to access it – it’s the same challenge we’re faced with today

9.       The world produces _________ food for everyone to live a healthy, productive life.
There is now 17 percent more food available per person than there was 30 years ago.  And if all the world’s food were evenly distributed, there would be enough for everyone to get 2,700 calories per day – even more than the minimum 2,100 requirement for proper health.  The challenge is not a lack of food – it’s making food consistently available to everyone who needs it.

10.   Female farmers have the potential to pull ________________people out of hunger.
Empowering women is essential to global food security.  Almost half of the world’s farmers are women, but they lack the same tools – land rights, financing, training -  that their male counterparts have, and their farms are less productive as a result.


Hunger kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.  Around 9 million people die of hunger and hunger-related diseases every year, more than double the lives taken by AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis in 2012.

1.       8
2.      98
3.      60
4.      75
5.      1/3
6.      300
7.      10
8.      2 billion
9.      Enough
10.  150 million

Thanks for taking this quiz!!!  Gleaned from resources shared by Growing Hope Globally, formerly Foods Resource Bank.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Opinion: On Capitalism

By Darrell Mitchell

Ever since, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has assumed office as a Democrat socialist, from the state of New York, she has been under attack by the capitalist in this country.

DAPL Lion Underestimates Iowa Lambs

By Ed Fallon
First printed for Bold Iowa; Reprinted with permission

For those who feel Big Oil always gets its way, think again. In a battle of Lamb vs. Lion (read on and you’ll see what I mean), the little guy and gal just accomplished something impressive.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

South Texas Family Detention Center volunteers speak in Washington, IA

By Roger Farmer
First printed for JPOG (Just Peace Outreach Group) near Washington, IA.  Reprinted with permission

On Sunday afternoon, December 23, 2018, a small group gathered in the offices of Jacqueline Arreola LLC, Independent Insurance Agent, Washington, Iowa, to hear a report from Joseph Lyons and Crystal Anderson about their work as volunteer translator and social worker at the South Texas Family Residential Center operated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). 

Monday, December 17, 2018

CPTer Julie Brown speaks at Iowa Peace Network Annual Holiday Open House Dec. 8

Pictures to come soon!

By Christine Sheller

The Annual Holiday Iowa Peace Network Open House and Alternative Gift Fair was held Saturday afternoon December 8, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.  About thirty persons were in attendance. 

Legislature Update: Senate votes to stop support for war in Yemen; & Letter from Brian Terrell about Yemen

By Christine Sheller

Thursday, December 13, 2018 a historic vote happened in the US Senate.  They voted across both parties to try to force the Trump administration to end its military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Monday, November 5, 2018

CPTer Michael Himlie, comes to Iowa on speaking tour

By Christine Sheller

Sunday, October 21st, Michael Himlie, of Harmony, MN spoke at Ivester Church of the Brethren of CPT and his time in Palestine/ Israel.  He has spent time in Lesvos, Greece, Israel/ Palestine, and Iraqi Kurdistan during his work with CPT, but has spent the most time in Palestine.

Editorials: No More Shopping til I Drop this Christmas & 5 Difficult Things To Do To Make a Better World

By Charlene Lange, reprinted with permission, first printed in the Iowa City Press- Citizen, 10/23/18

To the Future Generation:

I wish you peace and joy. Yes it is the time of year to start preparing for the madness of the holidays. This year will be different. I am going to change, to help give you clean air and water. It will be hard but I can do this.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Geographic and Demographic Representativeness of Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps

By Libby Frank

Reprinted from the July-September 2018 issue of Draft NOtices, newsletter of the Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft, (Reprinted with permission)

A 2017 report by the RAND Corporation attempts to address whether the schools participating in JROTC programs are representative with respect to geographic area and demographics. The report is in response to congressional interest in this issue and was sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Accession Policy.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Military Gear for School Police? Bill Introduced to Require Greater Oversight

By John Lindsay-Poland, American Friends Service Committee, California Healing Justice Program

Reprinted from the July-September 2018 issue of Draft NOtices, newsletter of the Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft, (reprinted with permission)

As many readers of Draft NOtices will know, President Obama’s Executive Order 13688 established a requirement, later rescinded by President Trump, for jurisdictions that acquire military equipment through federal grants to have a civilian governing body review and approve these acquisitions. This requirement applied to elected sheriff departments as well as police departments of cities, towns, and even school districts.