A 'Perfect Storm' Is Increasing Global Hunger
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The head of the World Bank says children as young as four or five are fleeing "the safety of their rural communities to fight for food in teeming cities." Food riots are happening already, with more predicted in 30 to 40 countries. One problem is the switch from food production to bio-fuels. We hear about hunger, a global emergency. Also, the housing relief bill in the Senate. On Reporter's Notebook, whistle-blowers tell Congress about what they say is FAA favoritism toward Southwest airlines. Are US airliners as safe as they should be?
Afghan children line up for food distributed by UNICEF at Maslakh refugee camp, 10 kms west of Herat in western Afghanistan. Photo: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images
Housing Relief Bill on the Senate Floor ()
The Senate's bipartisan compromise on the housing crisis is up for debate. Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd says pressure from constituents is what forced the issue, and called today's debate a "major first step in the right direction." Home builders and mortgage companies are supporting the compromise, but consumer groups feel that "Capitol Hill has left them out on the curb." That's according to Victoria McGrane on the website Politico.com.
- Victoria McGrane: Reporter, Politico
The Skyrocketing Price of Feeding the Poor ()
Food prices are reaching levels never seen before at the same time the number of needy people is rising. Food riots have already occurred around the world, and the World Bank predicts political and social unrest over food in 30 to 40 countries. The United Nations World Food Program spends $3 billion, but needs $500 million more just to keep up. With food prices increasing as demand goes up, we look at the "new face" of hunger—worldwide and what the drive for bio-fuels has to do with it.
- Tracy Wilkinson: Southern Europe Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times, @TracyKWilkinson
- Nancy Roman: Director of Public Policy, United Nations World Food Program
- Brian Halweil: Senior Researcher, Worldwatch Institute
- Tim Searchinger: Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund
Whistle-blowers Accuse FAA of Being Too Cozy with Airlines ()
In recent weeks, airlines have canceled flights and pulled planes out of service to make sure safety checks are being properly performed. This comes in the aftermath of reports by two FAA inspectors who say their supervisors were "too cozy" with Southwest Airlines. Those whistle-blowers testified today before a committee chaired by Congressman James Oberstar. The Minnesota Democrat accused the FAA of "complacency, cozy relations with airlines and inappropriate reliance on voluntary disclosure." Mike Boyd is president of the Boyd Group, an aviation consulting research firm based in Evergreen, Colorado.
- Mik Boyd: President, Boyd Group
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