tent cities sprout up


Shanty town: The tent city is already home to dozens of people, many left without jobs because of the credit crunch

No, that isn’t Peru or South Africa. It’s Sacramento, California.

With America’s economy in freefall and its housing market in crisis, California’s state capital has become home to a tented city for the dispossessed. Read the story in UK’s MailOnline sent this morning by Luis in Puerto Rico.

The prospects for developing countries and the billions of poor around the world are even worse. The United Nations predicts the food crisis will continue. Despite a drop in prices since last year, they are still higher than they were. Plus, the lower prices mean fewer crops being planted so prices will inevitably climb. One estimate says $700 billion is needed by developing countries to avoid collapse.

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On a topic closer to home, honey bees need your help! But you can think about it as helping yourself.

Every third bite of food we take is produced with honey bee help. They pollinate a third of our food, but bee colonies are collapsing, and their populations are plummeting because of parasites and pesticide exposures.

Take Action Now! Tell the EPA to protect honey bees from a toxic pesticide.


Past posts from Food and Faith Blog that covered this sticky issue: