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Attitudes to man-made famine in WW1

Have any western governments condemned the use of famine as a weapon of war in World War 1 (or acknowledged their culpability)? Have there been attempts to prosecute the responsible for the genocide? ...
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Has famine been officially declared in (parts of) Gaza?

The discussions of famine in Gaza seem to be largely based on the March 18 IPC report, which projects famine top happen in two governorates of Gaza in March-May: The IPC acute food insecurity ...
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Did any UN agency estimate, before the war/October, the number of food trucks that were entering Gaza per day?

In relation to competing claims (by COGAT vs IPC) about the number of food trucks that were entering Gaza before the war (i.e. leaving aside here that they also disagree about the number during the ...
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Why did the US and Israel vote against making food a human right?

From this article on the Guardian: From UN hunger expert: US must recognize ‘right to food’ to fix broken system In 2021, the US and Israel were the only countries to vote against a United Nations ...
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How much food is currently available in Gaza?

Ever since the blockade of Gaza started there’s been talks of mass starvation in Gaza. But upon checking the Wiki article on the war I was surprised to find out only 32,000 people have died on the ...
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What are the practical implications for the World Food Programme being "an international organization within the United Nations"?

AFAICT the WFP budget is entirely separate from that of the UN, although they do get mostly contributions from governments. All WFP contributions are voluntary, none are 'due' or assessed (unlike for ...
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How can a private person donate food to the Palestinians now?

How can a private person participate in food-aid to the Palestinians at this time? A necessary condition is making sure that the donation indeed goes to food only. Please explain how it is possible to ...
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Why isn't hunger in Gaza interpreted as "Israel needs to win quickly"? [closed]

As I write this question, there's a famine going on in Gaza as a result of the Israel vs. Hamas 2023-2024 war. As far as I'm aware, Israel has surrounded Hamas, but has not launched a final offensive ...
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Do the various African state organizations plan to do anything about the projected man-made famine in Sudan?

According to the UN WFP, the RSF is stealing food on a massive scale in Sudan, including the seeds for future crops. The WFP paused their distribution due to said theft. Various other organizations ...
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Is there clear public evidence for Netanyahu's assertion that Hamas is stealing the food aid at gunpoint, enough to affect the civilians in Gaza?

In a recent interview, Netanyahu said: “When we started out putting in the humanitarian convoys, we said there will be one problem. And that is what if Hamas tries to steal the food and the drugs ...
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Are Hamas' fighters also starving? [closed]

As of right now (March 2024) there are quite a few sources saying that there is starvation on a large scale within the Gaza strip. Example, example. Considering that Hamas' fighters are also within ...
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Does an occupying power have an obligation to feed the civilian population?

Let's say one country's army occupies some disputed territory, but they'd don't particularly like the population presently living there. And let's say that no international/foreign organization has an ...
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What reasons has Israel given for limiting food supplies to Gaza?

According to the UN special rapporteur on the right to food Michael Fakhri: Israel is intentionally starving Palestinians and should be held accountable for war crimes – and genocide, according to ...
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Why don't countries disrupt food imports to Yemen as a response to attacks in the Red Sea?

Yemen is highly dependent on imported food given that only 2.2% of their land is arable: Imported food constitutes 83% of the daily calories’ intake of Yemenis. While stability of imports is vital to ...
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Did the US provide its own estimates of hunger in Gaza during the 2023 war?

During the Tigray war, the US apparently provided its own estimates of hunger in the region, e.g. June 26, 2021 The United States estimates that up to 900,000 people in Ethiopia’s Tigray region now ...
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When and why did US food prices surpass the ones in Western Europe? [closed]

I first visited the United States around 30 years ago and then a few times over the following couple of years. The last time was around 2005. One thing I remember is the low prices of food compared to ...
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Why do some European governments still consider price capping despite the fact that price caps lead to shortages?

Context Due to multiple causes such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine, most European countries have faced soaring prices for essential products. In some cases, the governments decided to impose price ...
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Is there a food crisis linked to the Ukrainian war or a massive speculation?

As of now at the end of March 2022, it is quite common to find articles in the media and also some declarations by world leaders talking about a food crisis caused by the Ukrainian war. Here are some ...
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Can the US government mandate what people are allowed to eat?

Can the government have a food mandate, which decides what we can or cannot eat to "keep us healthy"? Considering that 2/3 of Americans are either obese or overweight, a food mandate sounds ...
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Are food stamps being destroyed by inflation?

Is the real purchasing power of EBT (and other welfare) being rapidly destroyed by high food inflation?
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Where can I find the final text of EU Deal for Double Food Standards?

This Politico article argues about the EU deal related to Double Food Standards: After fighting long and hard to reach an agreement, the European Commission passed a set of rules last week that ...
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Is food additive usage unified across the EU (except for traditional foods)?

Some time ago I saw on the news a person arguing about the differences between food additives (Es) within EU, focusing on the fact that some countries allow more additive than others. This EU ...
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What could a city council and mayor in Canada actually do to support vegan food?

Civic elections are coming up in my city, and this got me wondering... If the electorate decided to elect a mayor and council where a majority wanted to use their powers as elected officials to ...
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How does the EU allocate food quotas to individual countries/producers?

The EU regulates food imports by publishing a list of quotas for each food category and country of manufacture. Some of the quotas are also available to any country worldwide rather than a specific ...
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Has the Kim dynasty had significant control over the starvation of their people?

The Kim's are generally portrayed in the US media as ruthless cold blooded dictators who repress their populace. It's widely known that there is widespread lack of food in North Korea. But how much of ...
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Why would Venezuela refuse international aid?

According to the NY Times: President Nicolás Maduro has acknowledged that people are hungry in Venezuela, but he has refused to accept international aid, often saying that Venezuela’s economic ...
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Under what circumstances are food banks financially necessary?

In Britain, food banks are a politically polarising issue. Some people find their existence essential, whilst some claim the need is drastically exaggerated. I am yet to make my mind up as I do not ...
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Why did food "double standard" reach the political level?

Several East-European countries have called on the EU to address the "double standards" used by food companies in selling different products under identical labels in the bloc's eastern and western ...
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Did Putin exclusively ban western food, or are Asian imports also prohibited?

Remember when Putin did that thing of banning western food from Russia, and having all currently imported food destroyed. Well, just curious; is that sudden bout of protectionism still in effect? And ...
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Why does the USDA handle nutrition recommendations?

It seems weird to me that the Department of Agriculture administers nutrition recommendations. They have close ties to the food production industry, so it seems like they would have incentives to set ...
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Would two million families lose their SNAP benefits under H.R.1947 (FARRM)? Why?

The farm bill has been passed in the House. The 216-208 vote largely followed party lines, with every Democrat voting against the bill and 12 Republicans breaking ranks to vote against it. [...] The ...
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Do any countries have Country of Origin Food Labeling laws?

There is quite a bit of push back to the request in the US to have country of origin food labels. Has any other country implemented Country of Origin Food labeling? If so have their been any issues ...
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Why is the cost of the food stamp program 8 times higher per person than in 1938 in real dollars?

This article talked about the historical reasons why the food stamp program is part of the Farm Bill. It had an interesting statistic within it: FDR also supported creation of the first Food Stamp ...
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How "right to food" is implemented in Western countries?

Some sources (such as Amnesty International) claim that denial of "right to food" in North Korea violates internationally agreed right to life. I wonder whether Western countries guarantee ...
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