Agriculture & Nutrition

According to official estimates, the average French person throws out 20kg-30kg of food a year – 7kg of which is still in its wrapping. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

France to force big supermarkets to give unsold food to charities

by Angelique Chrisafis The Guardian December 1, 2017

Legislation barring stores from spoiling and throwing away food is aimed at tackling epidemic of waste alongside food poverty French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food and must instead donate it to charities or for animal feed, under a law se...

Hunger Fighters Interview: Alex Hart

by Hunger Notes November 28, 2017

Biographic Snapshot: Alex Hart is a Program Manager, National Capital for Rise Against Hunger, an organization that works to alleviate hunger in the USA during climate crises and overseas. Alex was involved in a recent volunteer event in McLean, Virginia to assemble food/soup packa...

Hunger Fighters Interview: Jessica McClard

by Hunger Notes June 9, 2018

Hunger Fighters Interview: Jessica McClard This is part of a series we are doing about real people who are working to fight hunger and poverty around the world. Biographic Snapshot: Jessica McClard is a 42-yr-old native Arkansan and resident of Fayet...

As legacy brands lag, food companies have two options: Change to compete or buy up the new brands that are already growing rapidly. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The Big Washington Food Fight

by Helena Bottemiller Evich and Catherine Boudreau Politico November 27, 2017

This article shows how insider changes in Washington power structures could impact the nutrition of US food....

Photo: An agriculture officer inspects maize plants damaged by fall armyworm in Kenya’s Trans Nzoia region. [Riccardo Gangale/Bloomberg/Getty Images]

Invasion of maize-eating caterpillars worsens hunger crisis in Africa

by Ruth Maclean The Guardian November 7, 2017

Crops that feed 200 million people at risk from destructive march of fall armyworm, as agriculture experts call for urgent action...

Chicken Inn, a KFC competitor, in the Accra Mall. A sharp increase in obesity has accompanied an embrace of Western foods in the country.(Photo: Ashley Gilbertson/ The New York Times)

Obesity Was Rising as Ghana Embraced Fast Food. Then Came KFC.

by Dionne Searcey and Matt Richtel The New York Times October 7, 2017

The growing popularity of fried chicken and pizza in parts of Africaunderscores how fast food is changing habits and expanding waistlines....

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5 Ways Schools Can Boost the Local Food Economy

by Maggie Tauranac Ecocentric via Civil Eats September 19, 2017

This post discusses five different ways that schools can increase the amount of locally procured food they serve students, despite the hurdles of cost and logistics....

Mrs. da Silva and other vendors like her make regular deliveries for Nestlé to a quarter of a million households in Brazil. (Photo: William Daniels/NYT)

How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food

by Andrew Jacobs and Matt Richtel The New York Times September 17, 2017

For a growing number of nutritionists, the obesity epidemic is inextricably linked to the sales of packaged foods, which grew 25 percent worldwide from 2011 to 2016...Brazil is a microcosm....

MIT’s Caleb Harper in his TED talk, “This computer will grow your food in the future.” (Photo: TED)

9 TED talks that will change the way you think about food

by Leanna Garfield Business Insider August 11, 2017

Check out some of these interesting short talks on agriculture and food....

A G-20 Challenge: How Do We Get More Food from Less Water?

by Yahoo View•July 6, 2017 Yahoo News July 6, 2017

Agriculture strains the world's supply of fresh water. The question is how do we feed a hungry planet without tapping out the water supply? The link below describes the topic of water that will be brought up at the upcoming G-20 meeting in Germany covering optimal country policies and water preserv...