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USDA Organic Survey 2014

“The 2014 Organic Survey is a Census Special Study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in conjunction with USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA). This is the third organic production and practices survey NASS has conducted on the national level; the previous data collection efforts were the 2011 Certified Organic Production Survey and the 2008 Organic Production Survey. This year’s survey follows the 2012 Census of Agriculture, which reported that total organic product sales by farms in the United States increased 83 percent between 2007 and 2012…”

  • See also via Mother Jones – Why the People Picking California’s Tomatoes Can’t Afford to Eat Them: “California is also home to the largest number of farmers markets and, according to the most recent USDA Organic Survey, the highest number of 100 percent organic farms of any state. But many of the people growing and picking this food would view a fresh spring picnic as a rare luxury. A high percentage of farmworkers in California’s agricultural counties struggle with hunger and diet-related health problems, according to a new report by the policy research group California Institute for Rural Studies. Nearly half of the workers interviewed in Yolo County, just east of the state’s capital, have trouble putting dinner on the table, a rate nearly three times higher than national and state averages…”

Brookings – Twelve facts about food insecurity and SNAP

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Lauren Bauer and Greg Nantz – “One in seven households was food insecure in 2014 – meaning that at some time during the year the household had difficulty providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources. To explore the persistent and troubling problem of hunger in America,Continue Reading

Crime in 2015: A Final Analysis

Brennan Center for Justice: Ames Grawert and James Cullen – “This analysis provides final crime data to update the report, Crime in 2015: A Preliminary Analysis. It finds the same conclusions as that report (and its December 2015 update), with slightly different percentages.” Summary of Findings: “The analysis examines crime in the 30 largest citiesContinue Reading

Demographic and Economic Profiles of New York’s Electorate

“In advance of the New York primary on April 19, the U.S. Census Bureau presents a variety of statistics that give an overall profile of the state’s voting-age population and industries. Statistics include: Voting-age population and estimate of eligible voters (i.e., citizens age 18 and older). Breakdown of voting-age population by race and Hispanic originContinue Reading

IMF – The Big Squeeze Global Population Pressures

Demographic Upheaval Finance & Development, March 2016, Vol. 53, No. 1. David E. Bloom. “The world will struggle with population growth, aging, migration, and urbanization.” Humankind is being buffeted by the forces of demographic change. The most prominent changes are rapid population growth in some developing economies and shifting shares of adolescents and young adultsContinue Reading

Changes in Neighborhood Inequality, 2000-2010

Weinberg, Daniel H., Changes in Neighborhood Inequality, 2000-2010 (March 1, 2016). US Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies Paper No. CES-WP- 16-18. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2754332 “Recent work has suggested that higher income inequality may be a desirable attribute of a neighborhood in that it represents diversity, even though high (and rising) inequalityContinue Reading

United Nations World Water Development Report 2016

United Nations World Water Assessment Programme. 2016. The United Nations World Water Development Report 2016: Water and Jobs. “Among its findings, this report shows that many jobs in the global workforce depend on water. It demonstrates that water stress and the lack of decent work can exacerbate security challenges. It also traces the link betweenContinue Reading

Tesco supermarkets pledge to give all unsold food to charity

Via Newsweek – “70 million meals were thrown away by Britain’s biggest supermarket retailer last year. Tesco wasted 55,400 tonnes of food, of which approximately 30,000 tonnes was edible, Reuters reports. On March 11, 2016 , Tesco agreed to donate all leftover food from its stores to charity in an initiative that aims to eradicateContinue Reading

Demographic and Economic Profiles of Washington’s Electorate

“In advance of the Washington caucus on March 26 and primary on May 24, the Census Bureau presents a variety of statistics that give an overall profile of the state’s voting-age population and industries. Statistics include: Voting-age population and estimate of eligible voters (i.e., citizens age 18 and older). Breakdown of voting-age population by raceContinue Reading

Illegal migration to EU rises for routes both well-worn and less-traveled

Pew Factank – “The number of illegal entries into Europe by migrants hit a high point last year, and as their numbers increased, a picture emerged of the land and sea routes many migrants are taking to get there. In 2015, more than 1.8 million people crossed the European Union’s borders illegally, according to Frontex,Continue Reading

Poverty and Child Health in the United States

Pediatrics – April 2016 From the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement – Poverty and Child Health in the United States – Council on Community Pediatrics. [emphasis added] “Almost half of young children in the United States live in poverty or near poverty. The American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to reducing and ultimately eliminatingContinue Reading

U.N. Statistical Commission issues draft global indicators framework

Via Fox News: “EXCLUSIVE: Six months after giving birth to a cluster of nebulous Sustainable Development Goals that aim to dramatically change the economic, social and environmental course of the planet, the United Nations is working on a drastic renovation of global data gathering to measure progress against its sweeping international agenda. The result that emerged late lastContinue Reading