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Malnutrition, a global problem in search of global solutions

by Amruta Byatnal Devex June 17, 2019

NEW DELHI — Sunita Devi is huddled with about 20 women in a primary health care center in Gervani village, in the central state of Chhattisgarh in India. She’s anemic and pregnant, and she has questions for the health worker: “When will my anemia go away? Will my child be born anemic too? What...

Scotland’s food waste causing more greenhouse gas than plastic

by BBC BBC May 21, 2019

Food waste is a bigger cause of climate change than plastics, according to Zero Waste Scotland. The government-funded body has urged people to cut down the amount of unwanted food they put in the bin. When food waste ends up in landfill it rots, producing ...

Emissions and microplastics: How food waste hurts the environment

by Deutsche Welle Deutsche Welle May 1, 2019

Throwing away food that could still be eaten isn't just a waste of money, it also costs precious resources, hurts the climate, threatens biodiversity and can contaminate our soil with microplastics....

Acute food insecurity ‘far too high’ UN agency warns, as 113 million go hungry

by Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations (UN) Africa News April 4, 2019

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP) and EU “Global Report on Food Crises 2019”, shows that the number going chronically-hungry has remained well over 100 million over the past three years, with the number of countries affected, rising. According to the rep...

Food banks risk being ‘captured’ by corporate PR drive, say activists

by Patrick Butler The Guardian March 26, 2019

The UK food bank movement has been warned it is in danger of being “captured” by big corporations and supermarket chains that promote high-profile partnerships with charities as effective ways of solving hunger and food waste. A letter to the Guardian from 58 academics and campaigners criti...

Obesity, climate change and hunger must be fought as one, health experts declare

by Melissa Healy Los Angeles Times March 18, 2019

Made up of 43 public health experts from 14 countries, the Lancet Commission on Obesity emphasized that the problems of obesity, malnutrition and climate change are inextricably linked by factors such as overconsumption, unchecked marketing and government failures....

The World Food Program Uses Innovation to Disrupt Hunger

by Maddie Seibert Food Tank March 4, 2019

The World Food Programme's Innovation Accelerator began in 2016 and its process, “Design. Fail. Iterate. Scale.” is reminiscent of a startup accelerator. The Innovation Accelerator accepts applications from WFP staff, aspiring startups, NGOs, and companies, selects the best, and offers funding a...

How Climate Change Could Knock Fish Off of Dinner Plates

by Brittany Shoot Fortune March 1, 2019

Between 1930 and 2010, the global productivity of marine fisheries decreased by 4.1%, according to new research published in the March issue of the journal Science. Moreover, according to the same research study, some of the largest fish-producing ecoregions are experiencing losses of up t...

As Russia’s Food Prices Soar, Bakers Are Feeling the Squeeze

by Evan Gershkovich The Moscow Times January 25, 2019

The cost of key ingredients like sugar and eggs grew by around 28 and 26 percent respectively last year, while grains and flour rose by approx...

The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health

by The EAT-Lancet Commission EAT Forum January 16, 2019

The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health brings together more than 30 world-leading scientists from across the globe to reach a scientific consensus that defines a healthy and sustainable diet. ...