Myth: Healthy food is more expensive than unhealthy food

Want to eat better but feel like you don't have the money?

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The idea that healthy food costs more than junk food is something I hear a lot. Students tell me they'd like to eat better but can't afford to.

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Study: Teaching liberals about white privilege reveals 'startling' blind spot

Psychologists looked at how liberals and conservatives react after learning about "white privilege".

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  • Psychologists looked at how liberals and conservatives viewed poor people after learning about "white privilege".
  • Conservatives didn't show much sympathy for poor people regardless of race.
  • Liberals seemed to blame poor white people for their problems.
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Inside India's sand mafia

In India, a construction boom is fueling a criminal enterprise around one of the most ubiquitous substances on Earth: Sand.

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  • India's construction industry is booming, which means that demand for concrete is very high.
  • Sand is a crucial ingredient in concrete, but mining it can cause significant environmental damage.
  • The Indian government has therefore regulated the mining of sand, but doing so is an easy way for many Indians to earn some extra money. As a result, illegal sand mining has become a commonplace activity, leading to corruption and sometimes violence.
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How to cut food waste: Turn unused food into take-home meals for hungry kids

That's the strategy behind a program being tested in one Indiana school district.

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  • An Indiana school district recently partnered with a nonprofit to send some students home with a set of frozen meals on weekends.
  • In the U.S., about 12 percent of households with children will experience food insecurity at some point during the year.
  • The U.S. wastes a massive amount of food. Programs like this might be a first step in cutting back on waste.
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Study finds that landlords exploit the poor

Landlords aren't the ones getting rich off of renting properties; slumlords are.

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  • A new study examined the profits of landlords across Milwaukee and compared them to landlord profits nationwide.
  • They found that for every 10 percent increase in neighborhood poverty, renter exploitation increased by 2.2 percent in Milwaukee and 0.8 percent nationwide. What's more, for every 10 percent increase in black residents, renter exploitation increased by 0.8 percent for both Milwaukee and the nation.
  • This effect ensures that the poor remain poor; since the poor have no choice but to pay rent when they can, any money they could save up is instead siphoned away by landlords.
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