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UN Lacking Funds to Continue to Feed Displaced Middle Eastern Refugees

September 18, 2014

According to a piece in The Guardian, "The UN  ( World Food Programme) warned on Thursday that it will be forced to cut food rations for more than 6 million Syrians from next month unless it received more funding."

"The WFP said it had no money for programmes in December."

“We have reached a cri…

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"Smart Chopsticks" to Detect Unsafe Food?

September 15, 2014

Calling its latest product the answer to food safety issues in China, Baidu presents a pair of “smart chopsticks” called Kuaisou.  Linked with a smartphone app, the chopsticks could be swirled in oil and a “good” or “bad” reading would appear on your phone to indicate whether the cooking oil is unsa…

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Russia Feeling Effects of Food Import Ban

September 2, 2014

The Russian government's ban on food imports from the West is already hurting Russia's economy.

According to a report in Deutsche Welle, "As a result of the embargo, the cost of food in some of Russia's regions has been rising at a record pace. Wholesale prices for chicken legs on Sakhalin Island …

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North Korea May Lose Food Assistance

September 1, 2014

According to the Wall Street Journal, "The United Nations' food assistance agency says it may have to stop operating in North Korea because of a lack of funding, as donors continue to shy away from the rogue state.

The World Food Programme has distributed aid in North Korea since a famine in the mi…

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"Middle Class" and Hungry in the US?

August 15, 2014

Today, one in six Americans don’t have enough to eat. But before you picture a gangly child with little to wear, think again. Many of the faces of hunger in the US are “white, married, clothed, and housed, even a bit overweight.” These are low-income people who live in the suburbs, maintaining a mid…

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No Polish Veg, Fruit, спасибо!

August 8, 2014

Surprise! Russia has made another enemy. After banning Ukrainian soy products and cornmeal, the government’s latest move is against fruits and vegetables from Poland. “‘The cost to Poland of the import ban is likely to be 0.6% of GDP (national output) by the end of the year,’” said Polish Deputy Pri…

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Tit for Tat, Say the Russkies, So There!

August 7, 2014

In response to sanctions from the West, Russia's prime minister,  and former  president, Dmitri Medvedev, announced the country had "banned fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy imports from the US,the EuropeanUnion, Australia, Canada and Norway..." for an entire year. Apparently increased…

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The Media Has Discovered That We all Eat--- National Geographic is On Board

April 30, 2014

Packed with years of food-related research and photography from all over the planet, National Geographic Magazine has just launched The Future of Food, a web portal, as well as a series in the magazine. And it has announced today a relationship with the UN's FAO ( Food and Agriculture Organization) …

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TEDTalk: Global Food Waste

March 28, 2014

"Food Deserts" Not the Problem?

February 10, 2014

Does continuous lack of money, rather than poor food choices, cause ill health and obesity? Yes, says Slate, despite improved access to fresh foods and cooking info in poverty-stricken areas of the US.

Read more here. ( Image by Shirley Cannon.)

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"Fake," Mis-Labeled Foods Revealed in UK

February 10, 2014

 

"Consumers are being sold food including mozzarella that is less than half real cheese, ham on pizzas that is either poultry or "meat emulsion", and frozen prawns that are 50% water, according to tests by a public laboratory.'

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Food Addiction? Older Women?

January 24, 2014

"Research released this week online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at food addiction among 134,000 middle-aged and older women, all of whom participated in the large-scale Nurses’ Health Study. Nearly six percent met the criteria for food addiction as established by the Yale…

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