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New York, N.Y. To help mobilize needed resources “in the last mile of the response” against the Ebola outbreak and to start the affected West African countries on the path of early recovery, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that he will convene an international ...
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Washington, D.C. Today, as part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, President Obama hosted a meeting with 75 emerging leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the White House. The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative encourages civic and government ...
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New York, N.Y. In the spirit of Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes, and Piri Thomas's Down These Mean Streets, this powerful memoir by writer and activist Kevin Powell vividly recounts the horrific poverty of his youth, his struggles to overcome a ...
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I raised my hand, took the oath of allegiance, and the United States officially became my country that day. At the naturalization ceremony, I received the following letter from the President of the United States: Reading that letter was special, and it has remained with me ever since.
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Although I have not written extensively on Israel, I have penned a few pieces. Happy 67th Anniversary, #Israel!
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Governor #AndrewCuomo declares “We're going to make HIV and AIDS a thing of the past."

Just received an email from the Event Director of the recent #AIDSWalkNewYork . I was particularly moved to join with 30,000 supporters, including Andy Cuomo, who shed light on our city's commitment to end AIDS in New York by 2020.

Addressing the crowd on May 17, Governor Andrew Cuomo said, "We are now looking at a new future... where we can now say we're going to make #HIV and #AIDS a thing of the past."

Other government leaders who attended this year's AIDS Walk New York include our friends #JerryNadler ; Assemblymembers #DickGottfried and #DavidWeperin ; Boro President #GaleBrewer ; and NYC Public Advocate #LetitiaJames .- many of whom I chatted with last week at the Israel Anniversary Dinner.
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This just in from our friend Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank  (foodtank.com):

This Friday, June 5, is World Environment Day (WED) which celebrates positive environmental action and calls on each of us to create change. The theme of WED—“Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”—reminds us that we only have one planet, and that the Earth’s natural resources are finite, not unlimited.

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According to the United Nations Environment Program, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same with a rising population, by 2050, we will need three planets to sustain our way of living and consuming.

Food production is a major culprit in the consumption of natural resources, accounting for 10 percent of the energy consumed in the United States, 80 percent of freshwater consumed, and 50 percent of land usage.

Sustainable America’s “I Value Food” campaign highlights the numbers involved in food waste. In fact, according to I Value Food, American consumers spend US$371 per person per year on food that gets wasted; on average, food travels 1,500 miles from farm to table. Twenty-six percent of meat products end up in landfills, which adds up to more than 47 billion wasted calories—or enough to feed 8,600 children for a year.

U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon says, "Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends, when billions of people join forces in common purpose, we can make a tremendous difference."

This WED—and every day—we can all take steps to minimize food-related resource consumption. Here are a few ways to consume food more responsibly:

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Waste not, want not: In the United States, 40 percent of edible food is wasted. Throwing away good food wastes natural resources. There are many simple things eaters can do to reduce household food waste. Plan meals and inventory your refrigerator and freezer before heading to the store. Buy only what you need and will realistically use. Repurpose leftovers and food scraps. Portion carefully. Freeze or preserve excess food before it goes bad. Donate good food to food banks before throwing it away. Last but not least, compost what you can’t use in any other way.

If you want to get more involved in reducing food waste, here are some organizations doing important work on that issue:

Andrea Segrè, president of the Last Minute Market (LMM), analyzes steps in the food chain to see where waste originates. LMM recovers and reuses unsold good from mass retailers.

In Berlin, Culinary Misfits repurposes ugly produce for use in catering.

DC Central Kitchen has recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds of food which they use to feed those in need.

Feedback works to end global food waste at every level of the food system through awareness events and repurposing campaigns.

Food Recovery Network creates food recovery programs on college campuses across the country to salvage food that would otherwise be thrown away.

The Food Waste Reduction Alliance aims to keep food out of landfills and increase distribution of food to those in need.

FUSIONS tries to reduce Europe’s natural resource consumption by decreasing food waste.

Jonathan Bloom has been researching and writing about food waste since 2005 and his blog, Wasted Food, draws attention to how consumers can cut their waste.

Love Food Hate Waste is educating consumers in the United Kingdom about food waste.

Society of Saint Andrew salvages food from America’s farms and delivers it to food pantries.

Danish food waste expert Selina Juul founded the Stop Wasting Food movement in Denmark which has gathered thousands of followers as well as support from over 90 politicians, including members of parliament in Denmark and across Europe.

Think.Eat.Save seeks to raise awareness of and galvanize global action on food waste.

Buy organic when you can. There are more benefits to organic than simply avoiding toxins. Organic agriculture is inherently low-input, involving fewer natural resources, and embraces closed-loop systems that recycle those resources that are used. The U.S. Department of Agriculture organic standards include sustainability requirements, ensuring that organic producers are preserving natural resources and protecting biodiversity.

Choose foods with less packaging, or bring your own. Buy fresh, whole foods, and buy in bulk when possible. If buying in bulk, bring your own container or bag. Skip the produce bag or bring a reused one from home. If your grocery store offers it, buy milk in a glass bottle from a company that will reuse it.

Eat fewer industrial meat products. Michael Pollan put it best: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Industrial meat production consumes vastly more natural resources than plant-based agriculture. According to the Water Footprint Network, one pound of beef requires almost two thousand gallons of water. Even the federal nutrition panel emphasized choosing a plant-based diet for a sustainable food system in their new nutrition guideline recommendations. If you are going to consume animal products, buy from your local farmer, and buy grass-fed and pasture-raised. Go vegan one day a week or one meal a day.

Grow your own. On a patio, in a window box, in your kitchen, in your backyard, in a community garden; every little bit counts. You’ll reduce your food miles, avoid the unsustainable practices of industrial food production, and learn to value your food more.

If you do grow your own food, plant drought-tolerant crops, water in the evening, or use an irrigation system to save water. If you don’t, encourage your farmer to use these practices.

Encourage policymakers to support sustainable agriculture. Vote for representatives (and then write to them!) locally and nationally who support sustainable agriculture legislation and programs, and who are willing to stop subsidizing overproduction, unsustainable practices, and waste in our agriculture system. Organizations such as Food Policy Action are changing the national dialogue by holding legislators accountable for how they vote on policy that affects food and farming.

Make responsible, conscientious food choices. Not all food is created equal. Some products are less sustainable than others. Check how far your food has traveled, and choose items that journeyed a shorter distance, such as fruits from Florida or California instead of South America or Asia. When buying seafood, choose those items that are most eco-friendly, such as wild-caught Alaskan salmon, sardines, or Chesapeake Bay catfish—products that don’t devastate the ecosystems from which they are harvested.

What other ways are you consuming food more responsibly? We want to know! Share them with me at Danielle@foodtank.com and on social media with #WED2015!
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According to a study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, companion animals—like dogs, cats or the guinea pigs in the study—may prove to be a helpful addition to treatment programs designed to help children with ASDs improve their social skills and interactions with other people.
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New York, N.Y. On the Day of Vesak, which acknowledges the contribution of Buddhism to the spirituality of humanity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is paying special tribute to the victims of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal over a month ago.
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Henry Johnson, just 5 feet 4 and weighing 130 pounds, is a towering figure in American's military history. France awarded Johnson the Croix du Guerre, that nation's highest military honor, in 1918. Yet he died a forgotten man back home. That will soon change. President Barack Obama will ...
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