28 May 2020
Hunger is a powerful force in The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel of the Great Depression, but so is the fertility of California’s landscape. The bounty of the harvest, tragically, does not translate into food for the workers — and in fact, with the economy having ravaged the chain of commerce, much of the food is destroyed rather than eaten. Read… Read more
13 May 2020
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” The notion that nutritious and safe diets support good health has been around at least since antiquity, as this quote, often misattributed to Hippocrates, attests. What to eat – and not to eat – regularly grabs news headlines, as consumers try to balance scientific advice and marketing trends with their own culinary traditions… Read more
18 June 2020
“There is a real risk that, as nations strive to control the virus, the gains they have made in reducing hunger and malnutrition will be lost.” – Dr. David Nabarro, special representative of the United Nations secretary general for food security The 2020 Global Nutrition Report has just been released and it’s still not rosy. New analysis shows that global and national… Read more
10 May 2020
The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food and nutrition throughout the region mean urgent planning and action is needed to avoid higher food prices, decreased nutrition, and reduced food security. COVID-19 has captured the full attention of governments across the world. Their immediate focus has been on strategies to manage both the pandemic from a public health perspective and the economic… Read more
26 September 2019
New research published reveals the potential of marine fisheries to help tackle nutrient deficiencies suffered by millions in coastal areas Millions of people are suffering from malnutrition despite some of the most nutritious fish species in the world being caught near their homes, according to new research published in Nature. Children in many tropical coastal areas are particularly… Read more
9 September 2019
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By Katherine Walla
On fields across the world, phones, tablets, drones, and other technologies are changing how food is grown. Through these devices, artificial intelligence (AI)—technology able to perform tasks that require human intelligence—may help farmers use the techniques they already know and trust on a bigger scale. And Big Data—data sets that reveal telling patterns about growth, yield, weather… Read more
7 August 2019
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By Joe Whitworth25 July 2019
Salmonella was once again the main hazard dealt with by an international food safety network from April to June this year. During the second quarter of 2019, the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) was involved in seven food safety events involving Salmonella out of 29 concerning 66 countries. One of these was an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis in… Read more
1 July 2019
A multidisciplinary group of experts from academia, research centers, and funding organizations proposes a Global Surveillance System (GSS) to improve global food security by preventing crop diseases. The GSS would extend and adapt established biosecurity practices and networking facilities, allowing countries to respond much more quickly to disease outbreaks. The framework is the… Read more
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