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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
This is what chocolate looks like before it’s ground and made into bars. This is cacao, dried and cracked open to reveal the dark richness inside. We saw these particular beans at a Maya farmer’s home in Belize, just before the holidays. There, we witnessed the enormous labor involved in growing, harvesting and preparing cacao. […]
Development work is complicated. Ask anyone with experience in it. Take, for example, this New York Times story about African fishers taking their bed nets to the waterways. These nets, distributed by the millions in efforts to prevent malaria, were intended to keep families safe from nighttime mosquito bites. But villagers, driven by hunger, have […]
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 […]
It might seem that 2014 was another year of foodie trends—sustainable, organic, artisanal, gluten-free, GMO-free, antibiotic-free, cruelty-free. But for many Americans, it was a year of culinary status quo. Economic and cultural divides separate diet across the country, James McWilliams reports.
In this must-read investigation, Joseph Sorrentino documents the dangerous conditions that workers—often undocumented—face in New Mexico’s Big Dairy industry. We often hear of undercover investigations that show animal abuse in large-scale operations; not often enough do we see stories on the workers, who risk life and limb for minimal pay, no breaks, no overtime and […]