FROM Michael Flood
One Massive National Problem that Can Be Solved: Food Waste America's ability to produce food is one of the major achievements of modern science and industry. It's almost too successful, as no less than 40% -- almost half — is wasted. There's waste in farming, transportation, processing and distribution. But the most wasteful place of all is the American home. Do you understand what those "sell by" or "use by" or "best by" dates really mean? Probably not, because the answer is different in different places. We hear what can be done to waste less up and down the food chain at a time when one in six Americans don't have enough to eat.
Tackling Hunger in Los Angeles County Two years ago, there were 1.7 million people in LA County at risk of being hungry -- that's close to 20 percent -- and there's no doubt their numbers are on the increase. But only about half of those eligible for food stamps know they could get help from the program.
Demand Is Up for Food at Local Area Food Banks With the official unemployment rate at 12% and the unofficial measure higher than that, more and more new people are lining up at 1000 food distribution sites in Southern California. Michael Flood is President of the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank . If you'd like to know how you can help, you can go online ( www.LAFoodBank.org ) or phone 877-NO-HUNGER (877-66-486437).
Art and Hunger: Los Angeles Food Bank in Need Food prices have been rising for months, but at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank , donations have been declining. To draw attention to the needs of hungry people, several designers were asked to make art out of 30,000 food cans. Michael Flood is president of the Regional Food Bank,
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.