The inclusion of the earned income tax credit shows just how misleading these efforts are, as it is a tax credit specifically designed for working families, not public assistance, and is used to inflate their numbers. But many others are trying to support households, advocates said. They pointed to the growing activism among fast-food workers, poorly paid employees of federal contractors and other low-wage workers who for the past year have been calling a series of small but growing number of one-day strikes. They are demanding pay raises to $15 an hour and an easier route to forming unions. The job actions are supported by organized labor groups, including the Service Employees International Union and Change to Win, which are lending staff and cash to the effort. The unions aim to increase pressure on lawmakers to raise the $7.25-per-hour federal minium wage while highlighting widening economic inequality. Tionnie Cross, 29, works at a McDonalds in Brooklyn, where she makes $7.35 an hour. Most weeks she is assigned no more than 28 hours, leaving her to rely on food stamps and government-sponsored health care to make ends meet, she said. I have a job, and Im broke, she said. It is really bad, because I dont want to depend on taxpayer money to survive. Fast-food industry representatives call the workers demands unrealistic. Raising wages for cooks, cashiers and drive-through window workers who are paid a median wage of $8.69 an hour, according to the report by the Illinois and Berkeley economists would ultimately cause these businesses to hire fewer workers overall, they argue. Also, they say, the franchisees who own many fast-food restaurants operate on thin profit margins, and dramatically raising wages would force them out of business. But advocates for fast-food workers say the new reports demonstrate what they have long suspected: that the fast-food industry generates substantial profits that arent distributed equitably. Moreover, they said, the low wages leave taxpayers to take up the slack. I think what the report does is separate myth from reality, said Jack Temple, a policy analyst who authored the report by the National Employment Law Project.
Fraley genetically engineered the first herbicide-resistant soybean in 1996. “We’re entering the period that Norman Borlaug worried about. We are facing the greatest challenge in human history, whether we can sustainably feed the 9 billion people who will be on our planet by 2050,” foundation president Kenneth Quinn said. Borlaug, the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize laureate awarded for his efforts to fight hunger and boost agricultural production, knew the three recipients, and expressed a wish before his death in 2009 that they be honored, Quinn said. The World Food Prize Foundation relies on corporate, private and government contributions. Among its donors are Monsanto and Syngenta Foundation, and the news that scientists working for those companies drew immediate criticism. “Rather than encouraging sustainable farming and self-sufficiency in impoverished communities as a way to alleviate poverty and malnutrition, the World Food Prize has been ‘won’ by a profiteering, biotech, seed-and-chemical monopolist that’s the freakish opposite of sustainability,” former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower wrote on his website Monday. He’s been invited to speak at Wednesday at an event organized by the local Occupy World Food Prize organization. The Occupy group also has planned protests designed to discredit the prize and disrupt the foundation’s activities, which attracts about 1,000 scientists, policy experts, political leaders and business executives each year. Last year, protesters were arrested. This year, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican, are scheduled to attend the three-day symposium.
World Food Prize Takes on Biotech, Global Warming
We’ve found the most annoying song ever, and it happens to be about fast-food Chinese food. Oh, and it’s also called, you guessed it, “Chinese Food.'” It’s understandable to want to sing about a food you love. Freshly shucked oysters with a squeeze of lemon are always song-worthy, but most of us know better than to break into song. Unless you’re 12-year-old Alison Gold. Also Is the Kookn’ Kap chef’s hat the next big thing in the kitchen? Gold teamed up with producer Patrice Wilson to create the song. And if Wilson’s name sounds familiar, you should remember him as the guy who produced Rebecca Black ‘s “Friday” ,that ear-piercing song that took the Internet by storm in 2011. In the “Chinese Food” video, Gold starts by singing about clubbing (at 12!), getting hungry and grumpy. She finds a Chinese restaurant called “Chinese Food” and runs inside, because after all, it’s her favorite. And the worst chorus in history begins: “I love Chinese food, you know that it’s true.” (Do I?) “I love fried rice, I love noodles, I love chow mein, chow me-me-me-me-mein.” (Someone should tell her that chow mein is noodles) Gold meets a man in a panda suit who becomes her new friend. Because everyone meets pandas while sitting in a fast-food Chinese restaurant. They sing and run through the park together. In one creepy scene, he tickles her. The panda man takes off his head to reveal it’s Wilson, who starts to rap in an accent we’re assuming he thinks is Chinese, about eating wonton soup and playing Monopoly with a bunch of pre-teens wearing pajamas in a bedroom. If this isn’t disturbing enough, in a later scene, the girls are dressed as Japanese geishas and they dance around in a kitchen, then a bedroom with the giant panda. And the entire thing ends with the words “fortune cookies are never wrong.” There are no words for how wrong this video is on so many levels. Do you think “Chinese Food” is just another fun music video or are the stereotypes too offensive to ignore? Let us know in the comments below. Want more quirky food news?