University of Minnesota researchers are working with a team of experts from the U.S., Indonesia and Bangladesh to make a genetically-modified potato. Researchers from the U.S., Indonesia and Bangladesh are embracing genetic engineering in hopes of increasing food security. The team is creating a genetically-engineered potato to fight the late blight disease that caused the 19th-century Irish… Read more
12 March 2018
This time last year, Bugsolutely founder Massimo Reverberi provided us with a comprehensive assessment of the legal status of edible insects. Revising the topic 12 months on, he has found some significant changes. Read more. Read more
By Amruta Byatnal19 February 2018
Dr Marie T. Ruel, the director of the poverty, health and nutrition division at IFPRI, talks to Malnutrition Deeply about how future nutrition efforts can make sure no one is left behind. MARIE T. RUEL, the director of the poverty, health and nutrition division of the International Food Policy Research Institute, believes the nutrition community cannot afford to ignore… Read more
By Amruta Byatnal14 February 2018
Women in the developing world are increasingly suffering from obesity. Experts aren’t exactly sure why – or what to do about it. One in three people in the world are overweight or obese, but in the developing wo, ld women are disproportionately affected, causing diet-related diseases and, in some cases, maternal and infant deaths. In African countries including Ghana, Kenya, Niger… Read more
By Amruta Byatnal1 March 2018
In the first episode of Deeply Talks highlighted how rigorous evaluations of existing programs on taxing sugary drinks as well as a deeper understanding of the unintended consequences of such taxes on the economy will be key to effective policy-making. We explored the effectiveness of taxes on sugary drinks on behavior changes that would impact health outcomes with Dr. Lisa Powell… Read more
31 January 2018
A review of research on how information services based on mobile phone technology can improve the lives of farmers has found only patchy evidence of success.The review, which looked at 23 studies of such services in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, found that although users often reported improvements, these were perceived benefits not always borne out by tangible evidence… Read more
By Amruta Byatnal9 January 2018
Nutrition features prominently in the Sustainable Development Goals, but Dr. Jessica Fanzo, one of the experts behind the 2017 Global Nutrition Report, says more work needs to be done to integrate efforts to address malnutrition into other sectors. A LEADING VOICE in the nutrition community, Dr. Jessica Fanzo wants to see a more nutrition-focused development agenda, including more… Read more
25 January 2018
The following is a recap of progress made worldwide with food irradiation, with a focus on advancements in the past 12 months. More food was irradiated in 2017 than in any previous year. Many countries have begun to irradiate foods, especially for reasons of market access. Irradiation is the preferred intervention to prevent harmful insects from hitch hiking shipments of fresh produce destined… Read more
3 January 2018
People who drink hot tea daily may be less likely than others to develop glaucoma symptoms, say US researchers. Compared to coffee, soft drink, and iced tea drinkers, study participants who consumed a cup or more of hot caffeinated tea daily had 74% lower odds of having glaucoma, the study authors report in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. “Glaucoma can lead to blindness, and it would… Read more
Mango fruits play host to some economically damaging fungal diseases, especially during ripening and storage; but mango growers and suppliers have a new ray of the form of sunlight. In a recent Phytobiomes journal article, Noam Alkan and colleagues at the Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center in Israel show some promising new research that explores the role of… Read more
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