This week, ProPublica unveiled its 5-part series on “the truth behind the water crisis in the West,” beginning with this story on Arizona cotton. Every year, Arizona farmers plant 100,000 acres or more of cotton in the desert. And every year, the federal government hands out millions of dollars to support those farmers and those […]
This week, the Food and Agriculture Organization released its report, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015. Good news is: the number of hungry people worldwide has dropped to roughly 795 million. But statistics are complicated, and hunger remains a critical problem in regions of protracted political and environmental crises. Some regions fare […]
We’re hearing more and more about the palm oil industry’s destructive practices. But, as this Guardian story points out, “it takes money to make money,” and it’s important to look at the financing for large land acquisitions that lead to deforestation and expansive palm oil plantations. More here.
“We care what we eat. We care what goes into our bodies, but we don’t care that much what goes on our bodies.” Jill Tucker, former chief technical adviser to the International Labour Organization’s Better Factories Cambodia program, said that to me in a recent interview. Her words stuck. She talked about modern food movements, […]
This is such a critical read. In Burundi, one of the world’s most densely populated countries, family members are attacking each other over scarce farmlands. The population continues to grow at a worrisome pace. Analysts warn of the potential for civil conflict in the years to come. These issues are not just found in Burundi. […]
Researchers say several new varieties of “heat-beater” beans—developed as crosses between common beans and the tepary bean grown for centuries in Mexico and the Southwest—could survive the effects of climate change. More from CGIAR.
How to combat malnutrition? Teach patients to garden and cook. This is what Rwanda’s Rwinkwavu District Hospital is doing (with support from Partners in Health). Dr. Fulgence Nkikabahizi, the hospital’s medical director, explains that many patients have access to nutritious food, but they have never been taught to balance the nutrients in the meals they […]
Many of our country’s migrant farmworkers (some on temporary agricultural visas) live in appalling conditions that mirror those we’ve seen across the developing world. These workers pick our oranges, grapefruits and tomatoes. They go home at night to camps and trailers with backed-up sewage, leaky stoves, pests and mold. Watchdog Sarasota investigates the situation in […]
This is just a delightful read for anyone who loves food, Paris or great writing about either: a Q&A with the food writer Alec Lobrano in the new online magazine, The Gannet. I’m eager to see where they take this publication.
Climate News Network reports this week on the threats that Borneo’s mammals face due to climate change and deforestation. More than half of all Borneo mammal species could lose a third of their habitat by 2080. But there’s even more to the story, not reported in this particular piece. As forests and mammals disappear, so […]