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The strange and surprising debate over how to help a malnourished kid

by Emily Sohn NPR March 13, 2016

It used to be common knowledge: Malnourished kids need more protein to thrive. Then came a scathing paper in the Lancet in 1974 called "The Great Protein Fiasco." Filled with sarcasm, it argued that the nutrition community's fixation on protein was a waste of time and money....

Sergio Arellano Stark, driver of the ‘Caravan of Death’ (a helicopter-borne killing squad) under Pinochet, dies at 94

by Adam Bernstein Washington Post March 10, 2016

Sergio Arellano Stark, a Chilean army general who led the "Caravan of Death," a helicopter-borne killing squad that helped establish Augusto Pinochet’s iron grip on power in the 1970s, died March 9 in the capital city of Santiago. He was 94....

Obituary in memory of Dr. Urban Jonsson

by UNSCN March 10, 2016

Urban Jonsson, a national of Sweden and resident of Tanzania, held a Ph.D. in Food Science with focus on Nutrition. He pursued advanced training on nutrition at Cornell University and lifelong studies in philosophy, mathematics and a series of other disciplines in order to build his impressive compe...

U.N. says 34 countries don’t have enough food for their people

by Edith M. Lederer Associated Press March 9, 2016

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Thirty four countries — nearly 80 percent of them in Africa — don't have enough food for their people because of conflicts, drought and flooding, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday.The Food and Agriculture Organization's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report...

Berta Lives! The life and legacy of Berta Cáceres

by Beverly Bell Other Worlds March 9, 2016

I began writing a eulogy for Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores years ago, though she died only last week. Berta was assassinated by Honduran government-backed death squads on March 3. Like many who knew and worked with her, I was aware that this fighter for indigenous peoples’ power; for control over t...

Female farmers in 90 nations face discriminatory land laws

by Chris Arsenault Reuters March 8, 2016

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women in more than 90 countries still lack equal rights to own land, hurting food production and efforts to tackle poverty, Rwanda's former agriculture minister said.Nations in eastern and southern Africa have considerably improved their laws to grant land owne...

Eating leaves, and other ways besieged Syrians try to survive

by Rick Gladstone New York Times March 8, 2016

Medical workers in parts of Syria have been forced to let the wounded bleed to death for lack of bandages, and have opted to use catheter bags meant for urine to administer intravenous fluids to newborns because proper drip bags are gone.Expectant mothers in areas vulnerable to shelling and bombing ...

More than half a million could die as climate change impacts diet – report.New research shows global warming’s effect on the quality of food avail...

by Damian Carrington The Guardian March 3, 2016

Climate change could kill more than 500,000 people a year globally by 2050 by making their diets less healthy, according to new research published in the Lancet.The research is the first to assess how the impacts of global warming could affect the quality of the diets available to people and found f...

Berta Cáceres, indigenous activist, is killed in Honduras

by Elisabeth Malkin and Alberto Arce New York Times March 3, 2016

MEXICO CITY — An indigenous activist in Honduras who won a prestigious international environmental prize for fighting a dam project despite continued threats was assassinated on Thursday in her hometown, officials said....

Decline of pollinators poses threat to world’s food supply, report says

by John Schwartz New York Times February 26, 2016

The birds and the bees need help. Also, the butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles and bats. Without an international effort, a new report warns, increasing numbers of species that promote the growth of hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of food each year face extinction....