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 […]
Just as President Obama gave his State of the Union speech this week, two critical New York Times stories have highlighted the abysmal status of our food (a subject not included in Obama’s address). Viewed from so many angles, it just looks bad. As Mark Bittman writes, more than 46.5 million Americans are receiving SNAP […]
The lawsuit, brought by several food safety, farming and health groups, centers on the FDA’s approval of ractopamine, a feed additve used to boost weight in cattle and pigs. More from Reuters.
A new Government Accountability Office report states USDA testing is insufficient to determine whether the pesticide levels on our foods are safe and, consequently, whether the American food supply is safe. More here in The Washington Post.
The International Food Policy Research Institute has developed an online tool aimed at predicting the effects of various technologies on farming yields worldwide. The goal is to help policymakers determine where and how to invest in which technologies so farmers benefit in the end. Here’s the tool. Here’s the SciDev.Net story about it.