International Oversight

Increased competition over land for growing biofuels, coupled with climate change and poor farming practices risks ability to feed growing population, UN warns

The Associated Press; The Washington Post 2011-11-28

Despite public health threat of cadmium, Mexico continues use of it in production of fertilizer, toys, batteries; population absorbs toxin through foods, smoking tobacco

By Emilio Godoy

Inter Press Service (Rome, Italy) 2011-11-03

Haiti, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe most vulnerable to extreme weather of climate change and lack social, financial ability to cope; areas of north America, northern Europe protected

By Damian Carrington

The Guardian (UK) 2011-10-26

Howard Buffett urges soil-health approach to helping African farmers end hunger, says crop diversity, not biotech seed and monoculture, will ensure families' survival

The Associated Press; The Washington Post 2011-10-12

In "Three Famines," Thomas Keneally probes politics of starvation, earlier thought to be "act of God," but now understood as failure to distribute food and lack of accountability

By Johann Hari

The New York Times 2011-09-16

Agricultural commodities betting fueled unrest in Africa, Mideast; speculation was enabled by market deregulation that also caused '07-'08 mortgage, market collapses

By Eric Michael Johnson

Scientific American 2011-09-22

Global Adaption Index tracks nations' food capacity, import dependency, malnutrition, rural population, other indicators to forecast resilience in face of climate change

By Morgan Clendaniel

Fast Company 2011-09-19

Major river systems in developing world have enough water for food production, but problems are inefficient use, unfair distribution, says report

By Rudy Ruitenberg

Blooomberg Businessweek 2011-09-28

366 million worldwide have diabetes, which kills one person every seven seconds; it is "massive challenge" to healthcare, now costing $465 billion annually, UN warns

By Ben Hirschler

Reuters 2011-09-13

No. 1 issue is sustainable development - linking climate change, water scarcity, food insecurity, energy shortages, global health issues, women's empowerment, UN head says

Agence France-Presse 2011-09-08

Opinion: As social unrest continues, initial troubles can be traced, in part, to price of bread, signalling informal resource conflicts

By Christian Parenti

CBS News 2011-07-20

Supplier to Nike, Adidas, Puma, H&M, Lacoste accused of dumping endocrine disrupting toxins into Chinese water systems; critics point to hypocrisy of western outsourcers

By Jonathan Watts

The Guardian (UK) 2011-07-13

Expanding economic and educational opportunities, more democracy, rising border crime, shrinking families help slow illegal immigration from Mexico to U.S. to trickle

By Damien Cave

The New York Times 2011-07-06

E. coli probe centers on 16 tons of Egyptian fenugreek seeds received by German importer in December 2009 and distributed to dozens of firms in at least 12 European countries

By William Neuman

The New York Times 2011-07-05

EU vows $14.5m in emergency aid to feed 650,000 in North Korea; government promises unrestricted access over concerns that aid could be diverted to ruling elite, military

By Stephen Castle

The New York Times 2011-07-03

Reduce food production dry northern plains or face dire water levels, groundwater expert warns China; agriculture accounts for 60 percent of demand on water table

By Jonathan Watts

The Guardian (UK) 2011-06-28

U.S. will push for more transparent food production and open markets to reduce food price volatility with G-20 agricultural ministers

By Sebastian Moffett

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-06-22

Opinion: U.S. is transforming Afghanistan's fragile agrarian society into a consumer-oriented, mechanized, fossil-fuel-based economy

By Patricia McArdle

The New York Times 2011-06-19

Food prices in China surge as torrential rain across south and east kills more than 100, triggers evacuation of half a million and leaves farmland devastated

Reuters 2011-06-19

As rapid growth in food production slows and global appetite for meat, dairy increases demand, researchers point to climate change and sound alarm over adequate food supply

By Justin Gillis

The New York Times 2011-06-05

Hackers working for U.K. intelligence agency MI6 modify online al-Qaeda magazine, replacing bomb recipes with with those from cupcakes from Ellen Degeneres Show

By Elizabeth Flock

The Washington Post 2011-06-03

Indian police use tear gas, canes to drive away tens of thousands of people on hunger strike against corruption in New Delhi, detain guru who led massive nationwide protest

By Rama Lakshmi

The Washington Post 2011-06-05

Severe water shortage along Yangtze River dries lakes, brings farming to standstill, leaves some thirsty - and refocuses attention on mistakes around dam construction

By William Wan

The Washington Post 2011-06-04

Opinion: If you're keen to make the world's poorest people better off, it's smarter to invest in their farms and workplaces than to send them packing to cities

By Raj Patel

Foreign Policy 2011-05-04

One-third of globe's food for humans wasted or lost during production; UN recommends improving efficiency of food supply chain, less emphasis on appearance, selling locally

By Tony C. Dreibus

Bloomberg 2011-05-11

To reach those in need of food aid, UN turns to cell phones; more than 379 million in Africa, world's poorest continent, were cell-phone users as of 2009

By Joshua E. Keating

Foreign Policy 2011-05-01

Opinion: Middle Eastern dictators use food to maintain power, from Saddam Hussein's use of UN oil-for-food program to food subsidies that helped prop up Hosni Mubarak

By Annia Ciezadlo

Foreign Policy 2011-05-01

Egypt plans to become self-sufficient in wheat, the basic food for 86 million, after becoming largest wheat importer in world under Mubarak

By Emad Mekay

The New York Times 2011-05-11

Story of hunger, poverty, far more complex than any statistic or theory; it is world where those without enough to eat may save to buy TV and it defies one-size-fits-all answers

By Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo

Foreign Policy 2011-05-01

Opinion: 1990s famine believed to have killed nearly one million North Koreans; no matter how much world despises Kim Jong-il regime, that can't be allowed to happen again

By the editors

The New York Times 2011-04-29

Citing chronic malnutrition, harsh winter and poor vegetable crop in North Korea, UN launches emergency operation to help feed 3.5 million

The Associated Press; The Washington Post 2011-04-29

Ethiopia, other upstream countries - Burundi, Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda - rewrite 1959 water treaty that favored Egypt; Ethiopia looks to China for dam funds

The Economist 2011-04-20

In response to civic unrest concerning country's rising food, fuel prices, Ugandan head says that farmers will benefit from higher prices, calls on public to stop driving to bars

By Ioannis Gatsiounis

Time magazine 2011-04-23

With civic unrest illustrating link between poverty and politics, upcoming Doha talks highlight discord between advanced and emerging economies over whose trade barriers should come down first

By Tom Gjelten

National Public Radio 2011-04-11

Milk tainted by nitrate, a meat-curing chemical, kills three, sickens 35 in latest Chinese dairy industry safety scandal; imports have doubled since 2008, pushing global prices up

By Guy Montague-Jones; Decision News Media 2011-04-08

In light of soaring food prices, experts call on countries to scale back headlong rush into biofuels, citing mediocre harvests, high prices, hunger, political instability

By Elisabeth Rosenthal

The New York Times 2011-04-06

Japanese fishermen take offensive in fight against owner of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, calling utility's dump of radioactive water into sea insulting, incompetent, unforgivable

By the CNN Wire Staff

CNN 2011-04-06

Pakistan's Sindh state set to mandate iodization of salt in bid to eliminate deficiency disorders; iodine vital for normal body and mental development, physical well being

By Jess Halliday Decision News Media 2011-03-31

In Burkina Faso, Yacouba Sawadogo is pioneer of tree-based approach to farming that has transformed western Sahel over last 20 years, but first, timber rights were returned to farmers

By Mark Hertsgaard

Scientific American 2011-01-28

Food, water in short supply two days after 8.9-magnitude earthquake, resulting tsunami turned a strip of Japan into wreckage; PM calls it biggest crisis since WWII

By Chico Harlan and Rick Maese

The Washington Post 2011-03-13

Interactive map shows which countries at highest risk of food crisis; the 750 million people rely on 83 billion tons of imported food a year, mostly corn, soybeans, wheat exported by U.S.

By Patricia Brooks

Environmental Working Group 2011-03-03

USDA reports attempted fraud from Chinese firm using fake certificate to represent non-organic crops as organic; reliance on cheaper imported organics has undermined U.S. farmers

By Bart King

Sustainable Life Media; Reuters 2011-02-22

Governments will increase role in global food markets, may boost stockpiles and subsidies, impose trade curbs to head off Middle East-style protests, commodity traders say

By Thomas Kutty Abraham

Bloomberg 2011-02-21

N. Korea's request for food puts U.S., others in position of either ignoring pleas of starving country or pumping food into system that often gives food to military, not starving children

By Chico Harlan

The Washington Post 2011-02-22

Opinion: The very politicians who are so worried about public debt -- and who want deep spending cuts now to save our future - dismiss climate, resource crisis and natural debt

By Bryan Walsh

Time magazine 2011-02-22

Turmoil in Middle East directly linked to unsustainable water, energy use; growing water shortage will require sharing, conserving resources to avoid civic unrest; Yemen is at most risk

By John Vidal

The Guardian (UK) 2011-02-20

After years of resistance, European Union policy-makers to vote on allowing traces of genetically modified material in animal feed imports; move would be victory for GM lobby

By Caroline Henshaw

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-02-21

Opinion: Food price crisis focuses politicians on quick fixes at expense of building long-range agricultural productivity, shift of jobs from farms to factories, skilled city-based service sector

By C. Peter Timmer

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-02-22

As humans eat remaining tuna, grouper and cod, their prey - sardines, anchovies - flourish, creating ecological imbalance that experts say will forever change the oceans

By Marc Kaufman

The Washington Post 2011-02-20

India struggles to feed its 1.1 billion people; it needs to hike investment in irrigation, spur competition in wholesale and retail markets, provide targeted food subsidies to poor

By Vikas Bajaj

The New York Times 2011-02-12

Ecuadorean plaintiffs, citing higher incidence of cancer in communities and water supplies polluted with oil, say that $8.6 billion ruling against Chevron isn't enough compensation

By Victor Gomez

Reuters 2011-02-15

Opinion: Asia provides frightening look at food crisis, where critical mass of those living on less than $2 a day reside; implications touch debt outlook, leaders looking to keep peace

By William Pesek

Bloomberg Businessweek 2011-02-13

As food prices surge upward, ranks of poor swell; UN food-relief agency bought 22 percent more food last year than in 2009, but spent 30 percent more - $1.25 billion

By Caroline Henshaw

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-02-08

Books: In the heartbreaking "Hot," Mark Hertsgaard contributes ground-level reporting on climate adaptation efforts around world, lists reasons to act rather than despair

By Wen Stephenson

The New York Times 2011-02-04

Kerala villagers join campaign to ban Endosulfan pesticide, but Indian government, the world's largest producer, exporter and user, says negative health reports are limited and ban would risk food security

By Rama Lakshmi

The Washington Post 2011-02-07

China's severe drought causes drinking water shortage for people, livestock and threatens wheat crop; imports to replace shortfall in self-sufficient crop could drive prices higher

By Keith Bradsher

The New York Times 2011-02-08

Opinion: The poorest, as fastest growing sector of global economy, are new frontier for corporate food regime, but taxpayers can say no to subsidizing juggernaut that undermines small farmers who grow half the world's food

By Eric Holt Gimenez

The Huffington Post 2011-02-07

Opinion: Growing turmoil shows that ordinary life revolves around price of bread, other basic commodities; at least two Indian governments have been felled by rising price of onions

By Mohamed A. Ramady

Arab News 2011-02-08

Opinion: Key factor in soaring food prices is severe weather, expected as rising concentrations of greenhouse gases change our climate; this surge may be just the start

By Paul Krugman

The New York Times 2011-02-06

Books: In "Hot," author Mark Hertsgaard presents strong case that there is still time to keep planet livable despite climate change; technology exists, but we must act now

By Wen Stephenson

The New York Times 2011-02-04

Food security portal identifies hot spots of need, civil unrest based on news, policy analysis, commodity prices, country profiles

International Food Policy Research Institute 2011-01-11

As food, fuel prices surge, risks of global instability rise as governments that face budget problems cut subsidies for poor; such woes can "topple regimes," says expert

By Serena Saitto and Caroline Connan

Bloomberg 2011-01-26

With 2008 food price riots in mind, emerging nations use price caps, export bans and rules to help keep food costs from disrupting their economies

By Eric Bellman and Alex Frangos

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-01-25

Political unrest disrupts cocoa supplies from Ivory Coast, world's biggest producer; Cargill suspends purchases, ADM assesses and State Department backs temporary import ban

By Debarati Roy

Bloomberg 2011-01-25

Substantial technological advances, along with shifts in appetites in prosperous societies, will be needed to fit human appetites on a finite, thriving planet, experts say

By Andrew C. Revkin

The New York Times 2011-01-10

Rising food prices pit traditional doomsayer/hopeful combatants against each other aspopulations, appetites for meat grow and climate changes

By Andrew C. Revkin

The New York Times 2011-01-10

Sheep-stealing wave in England prompted by escalating world demand, scaled-back production in New Zealand; surge in the theft of tractors, other farm machinery also noted

By Anthony Faiola

The Washington Post 2011-01-15

Global ag employs more than 1 billion, accounts for $1 trillion of economy but also takes 70 percent of water withdrawals; small farmers key to maintaining food supplies, report says

Agence France Presse; Herald Sun (AU) 2011-01-13

Tunisian civic unrest may signal global food riots, economists say; woes began after fires in Russia, heavy rain in Canada, drought in Argentina, floods in Australia, low forecasts in U.S.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha

The Washington Post 2011-01-14

German authorities struggle to contain widening dioxin-tainted food scandal after China temporarily halts imports of German pork and egg products

By Patrick Donahue

Reuters 2011-01-12

New dioxin-tainted food scandal in Germany points to criminal deficiencies in system; low cost for livestock feed is main driver and previous safety efforts have targeted food, not feed

By Andrea Brandt, Michael Frohlingsdorf, Nils Klawitter, Julia Koch, Michael Loeckx and Udo Ludwig

Der Spiegel 2011-01-10

In future, UK subsidies will be more focused on 'public good' so farmers are paid for tending land, and true cost of producing food is reflected in price, says environment secretary

By Louise Gray

The Telegraph (UK) 2011-01-03

In UK, firms whose products have been blamed for increasing obesity will be involved in providing vouchers to families who swap unhealthy habits for healthy ones

By S.A. Mathieson

The Guardian (UK) 2011-01-04

Farm lobby says China's probe into tide of imports of U.S. distiller's dried grains - leftovers from making ethanol - could be disruptive; salvo is latest in tit-for-tat import taxes

By Chuin-Wei Yap

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subpscription) 2010-12-31

Global food prices face perilous rise; main cause likely too much money printed by governments to help economies, which exposes commodities as economic hedge and encourages hoarding

By John Foley

Reuters; The New York Times 2010-12-28

Opinion: Main driving force behind rising commodity prices is demand from growing global middle class with appetite for meat and car-driving; food, oil supplies can't keep up

By Paul Krugman

The New York Times 2010-12-26

Externalities - uncounted byproducts of activity - of climate change could aid Africa by counting public goods (clean air and seas) and natural capital (trees, wind, sunshine, water, soil)

By Alex Perry / Archer's Post And Kareygorou

Time 2010-12-12

As Iceland bids to join EU, dispute over mackerel quotas escalates; Brussels threatens sanctions against Reykjavik, including blocking sales of fish to EU, its largest trading partner

By Teri Schultz

Global Post 2010-12-21

Discontent grows over inflation across China despite government's measures that include increasing supply, lowering logistics costs of produce, subsidies for poor, clamping down on profiteering

By Jessie Jiang

Time magazine 2010-12-22

Oceans' acidification could profoundly disrupt nitrogen cycles, altering basic structure of Earth's food webs, according to experimental simulation; mollusks, crustaceans also at risk

By Brandon Keim

Wired 2010-12-21

Opinion: UK's cheap global supermarket food chain will fail when oil stops flowing; country should teach people how to grow food, feed themselves, distribute and barter food, too

By Arthur Potts Dawson

CNN 2010-12-19

Opinion: It's time to help Colombia, waiting for 3 years for ratification of free-trade agreement and now facing threat of Congress removing duty-free access to U.S. markets

The editors

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-12-17

Swedish city, epicenter of farming and food processing, dispenses with fossil fuels, generating energy from potato peels, manure, used cooking oil, stale cookies, pig guts

By Elisabeth Rosenthal

The New York Times 2010-12-11

Researchers, writers warn of complex and interconnected confluence of factors driving us toward a global food, water emergency by 2050 - even before worst of climate change

By Greg Ansley

The New Zealand Herald 2010-12-04

Population growth in Near East, including Iraq, Afghanistan, outpaces gains in agricultural production, making water-scarce region vulnerable to food-supply problems, UN says

By Rudy Ruitenberg 2010-12-07

Legume-planting experiment alongside fields of subsidized corn in Malawi pays off for courageous farmers in more fertile soil, better nutrition for residents

By Dan Charles

National Public Radio/Morning Edition 2010-12-01

Push to promote sustainable palm oil from Western consumers becoming test case for green consumerism, could sway Nestle, others, and future of rainforests in Asia, Africa

By Fred Pearce

Yale Environment 360; Reuters 2010-11-29

China's government pushes farmers to plant, produce many more vegetables in the coming months to tackle a key component of recent surge in food prices

By Chuin-Wei Yap

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-11-25

South African government's efforts to redress apartheid by buying farms from white owners and giving them to blacks with little experience in farming has failed, stirred racial tensions

By Robyn Dixon

Los Angeles Times 2010-11-21

UN adds French food to list of humanity's cultural treasures; official says it signifies rediscovery of conviviality, competition, health, roots, and discovery of the world through food

By Edward Cody

The Washington Post 2010-11-16

United Nations asks for $164 million donation to bring in additional water-purification equipment, doctors, medicines to fight cholera epidemic in Haiti

By Frank Jordans

The Associated Press; The Washington Post 2010-11-12

Cholera epidemic death toll reaches 583 across Haiti; health officials expect tens of thousands more infections from tainted drinking water in next few years

BBC 2010-11-09

Wary of Wall Street, more wealthy Americans, private funds, foreigners invest in parcels of cornfields, fruit orchards and other domestic agricultural products

By P.J. Huffstutter

Los Angeles Times 2010-09-19

Hershey, with its 42.5 percent share of US chocolate market, isn't doing enough to ensure sustainability, elimination of child trafficking and labor in its cocoa purchasing, group says

By Jane Byrne News Media 2010-09-15

France, with obesity levels similar to those of US in the 1970s, continues prevention programs; three part attack includes centers for medical care, research and prevention

By Mildrade Cherfils

GlobalPost 2010-09-08

Opinion: With concerns about rising food prices and rumors of hoarding, UN group could help protect food security by brokering agreement not to impose export controls

The editors

The New York Times 2010-09-12

Floods in central Africa after successive years of drought and failed harvests push more than 10 million toward brink of famine, relief organizations say

By John Collins Rudolf

The New York Times 2010-09-07

Spike in food prices triggers deadly riots in Mozambique, threatens Egypt's ruling regime's ability to provide masses with cheap bread; spurs demonstration threat in Serbia

The Associated Press; Fox News 2010-09-02

Analysis: Evolution of potash, phosphate, nitrogen to hunted, strategic commodities illustrates growing links between globalization, demographics, agriculture, food security

By Javier Blas and Leslie Hook

Financial Times (London) (may require registration) 2010-08-27

Opinion: Brazil's agriculture system, underpinned by research, capital-intensive large farms, openness to trade, new techniques is worthy of study in face of slow-motion food crisis

The Economist 2010-08-26

Russians respond to slashed harvest forecasts by stocking up on staples; president says there are no grounds for rising food prices, orders agencies to monitor for gouging

By Lyubov Pronina and Ilya Arkhipov 2010-09-02

Safety of drinking water, stigma spur public protests against underground storage plan for CO2 waste from coal-fired power plants in Germany

By Jessica Donath

Der Spiegel 2010-08-20

Exports of grain, meats lead agriculture sector in otherwise lingering recession; US farmers to ship $107.5 billion in products as other countries struggle with drought, heat

By William Neuman

The New York Times 2010-09-01

In "Empires of Food," authors trace old civilizations that failed because they didn't account for soil erosion, overpopulation, weather changes, relying on technology, trade instead

By Riddhi Shah

Salon 2010-08-26

Hunger, disease plague Pakistan's flood survivors; disaster has killed at least 1,643, displaced 6 million, done billions of damage to agriculture, infrastructure

By Zeeshan Haider

Reuters 2010-08-29

Opinion: Volatility in grain prices caused by drought, flood plus population growth and emerging grain diseases - if this is pattern, or glimpse of future, it's worrying

The editors

The New York Times 2010-08-27

Russia may suspend poultry imports on salmonella fears; news comes after US exporters switched to non-chlorine disinfectant to comply with country's food safety standards

By Aleksandras Budrys

Reuters 2010-08-27

In Australia, Monsanto's patent applications for enhancement of meat, including pork with omega-3s, spur debate over ethics, legalities of claiming intellectual property over food

By Anna Salleh

Australian Broadcasting Corporation 2010-08-19

Mediterranean diet, rich in fish, olive oil, tomatoes, watermelons, orangs, whole grains - and red wine - can help protect skin from sun's harmful rays, researcher says

Tel Aviv University 2010-08-16

Mexico targets pork, apples, oranges for tariffs, escalating dispute over US ban on its truckers operating north of border; Obama could end ban, but unions, some Democrats oppose move

By Josh Mitchell and Paul Kiernan

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-08-17

Opinion: Global architecture for policies on agriculture, food overdue; food, nutrition security should figure prominently at G20 summit, UN conference on millennium goals

By Joachim von Braun

Financial Times (London) (may require registration) 2010-08-09

North Korea offers to pay debt to Czech Republic in ginseng, a root reputed to enhance stamina, have anti-cancer function, improve insulin sensitivity, but Czechs prefer zinc News Media 2010-08-11

India's political decision on how to feed its vast numbers of poor will very likely determine whether it becomes global economic power

By Jim Yardley

The New York Times 2010-08-09

Drought in Russia, extra rain in Canada, locusts in Australia fuel worries of global wheat shortage; prices now match those of 2008, when low supplies fueled food crisis, riots

By Liam Pleven and Tom Polansek

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-08-03

Farmers, impoverished rural residents pay for China's breakneck economic boom with water and air pollution, livestock ills, increasing levels of human disease

By Jonathan Watts

The Guardian (UK) 2010-06-07

UK waste review suggests ban on dumping biodegradable - food - waste in landfills, construction of community incinerators, emissions of which concern environmentalists

By Louise Gray

Telegraph (UK) 2010-07-30

Group representing GM crop farmers in U.S. urges sanctions against EU for its moratorium on new biotech; many Europeans concerned over safety of technology

By Doug Palmer

Reuters 2010-07-27

Impact of humans literally consuming Earth's finite resources of food, fuel, fiber, clean air, fresh water finally being noticed, UN reports in call for global action

By Juliette Jowit

The Guardian (UK) 2010-05-21

General David Petraeus may rescind McChrystal order that booted 57 eateries and shops - among them Burger King, Pizza Hut and Subway - on U.S. bases in Afghanistan

By Karen Jowers

Army Times 2010-07-24

Support of Russia as WTO member should be contingent on it dropping import ban of U.S. cooked beef patties, says lawmaker representing Nebraska and its cattle industry

By Adrian Smith 2010-07-22

Opinion: Tories' attack on Jamie Oliver reflects values of conservatives, who embrace permissiveness in children's food, but not in matters of sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll

By Tom Laskawy

Grist 2010-07-02

Food aid policy designed to nurture, subsidize nation's shipping industry under the guise of humanitarian assistance is doing neither effectively, Cornell study shows

IRIN: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 2010-07-16

Opinion: We need class war to halt subsidies, tax breaks for agribusiness disguised as family farms; Obama's export plan will mostly benefit the likes of ADM

By Ross Douthat

The New York Times 2010-07-12

India needs $30 billion to revolutionize food processing sector, and support economic growth, urbanization, study shows

By Rory Harrington News Media 2010-07-06

Obama's focus on trade spotlights NAFTA-violating ban on Mexican trucks operating inside U.S. and resulting punitive tariffs on $2.4 billion in American potatoes, wine

By Elizabeth Williamson

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-07-09

Best control method for invasive, predatory lionfish is saute pan, federal officials, chefs, spear fishermen and seafood distributors say

By Juliet Eilperin

The Washington Post 2010-07-07

Exploding obesity rates, need for funds to repair earthquake damage give rise to unpopular talk of taxing junk food, warnings on fatty foods in Chile

By Pascale Bonnefoy

Global Post 2010-06-04

Hugo Chávez declares war on private sector as food shortages, inflation grow in Venezuela and after discovery of rotting food imported last year and never distributed

The Economist 2010-06-10

Opinion: As oil fouls Gulf at rate of one Exxon Valdez every week, BP's responsibility for havoc on one of most productive ecosystems on planet - and many thousands of livelihoods - is only issue

The editors

The New York Times 2010-06-12

Opinion: Food is elite preoccupation in West, but majority of truly undernourished people - 62 percent, in either Africa or South Asia - live the organic, local way and it doesn't work

By Robert Paarlberg

Foreign Policy 2010-05-01

Women farmers - chief nurturers in families and responsible for up to 80 percent of food in developing countries - are untapped solution to reform, says USDA official

By Josh Rogin

Foreign Policy 2010-05-20

Farm-country banks optimistic on loan portfolios since commodity prices have stabilized, production costs are down and global demand for crops is recovering

By Philip Brasher

The Des Moines Register 2010-06-03

Oklahoma Army National Guard members plow with mules, slaughter chickens, milk goats, make cheese, tend bees before deployment to Afghanistan

By Jessica Dyer

Albuquerque Journal 2010-05-30

Afghan's opium farmers, facing harsh weather, new interdiction efforts, contemplate offers of aid in exchange for growing wheat, other crops instead

By C. J. Chivers

The New York Times 2010-05-22

Opinion: How next UK government handles farming and environment policy, role of food in public health, and industry-business links crucial for healthy food sector, healthy population

By Jess Halliday News Media 2010-05-04

UK water companies accused putting oyster eaters at risk by dumping raw sewage - source of norovirus - into waterways

By Jon Ungoed-Thomas

The Times (UK) 2010-05-02

With broader action deadlocked, compromise sought on commercial whaling with plans of quota, international observers for Japan, Iceland, Norway

By Bryan Walsh

Time magazine 2010-04-23

Environmental concerns stop plans for 8,100-cow dairy farm in UK, but developers vow to return, and to "do whatever is best for the cows"

By Guy Montague-Jones News Media 2010-04-14

Despite evidence of drought causing sun-baked riverbeds and dry wells, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam blame China's dam projects

By Thomas Fuller

The New York Times 2010-04-01

Researchers urge creation of global food reserve to stabilize prices

By Rudy Ruitenberg 2010-03-29

Conservation delegates vote to protect only porbeagle sharks, leaving declining populations of seven others vulnerable to fishing

By Juliet Eilperin

The Washington Post 2010-03-24

UN specialists will re-examine contribution of meat production to climate change after researcher says 2006 report exaggerated link

By Richard Black

BBC News 2010-03-24

Within five years, 800 million could be without access to clean drinking water; those without basic sanitation could hit 1.8 billion, World Bank group says

By Howard Schneider

The Washington Post 2010-03-23

Group rejects trade limits on bluefin tuna, polar bears, and previously, measure to aid sharks; adult population of two tunas down 74 percent over 50 years, much in past decade

By Juliet Eilperin

The Washington Post 2010-03-19

Some spices from India harbor lead, likely from cropland tainted by exhaust of cars using leaded fuel; FDA has no specific rules on screening for lead in dried products like spices

By Alice Park

Time magazine 2010-03-15

Scramble for water in China pits farmers against factories, and people concerned about the country's environment against those worried over shortages

By Steven Mufson

The Washington Post 2010-03-16

In Karachi, corrupt politicians allow "water mafia" to siphon from water supply, then sell it to slum residents, making $43 million a year

By Alex Rodriguez

Los Angeles Times 2010-03-15

Opinion: Oxfam experiment of handing lump sum to poor Vietnamese families showed that they improved household food security and decreased village poverty rate

By Floyd Whaley

International Herald-Tribune 2010-03-15

Proposed ban on bluefin tuna pits Europeans, Americans against Japan, which consumes 80 percent globally, other fishing nations at UN talks

By Micahel Casey

The Associated Press; The Washington Post 2010-03-13

Food, water needs are accelerating rich countries' 21st-century land grab in Africa, one of hungriest continents

By John Vidal

The Guardian (UK) 2010-03-07

Special fund to aid Mexico's poorest, smallest-scale farmers now subsidizing families of notorious drug traffickers, agriculture minister, other officials

By Tracy Wilkinson

Los Angeles Times 2010-03-07

Hope rises for endangered bluefin tuna with Obama's support of ban on international trade, but Japan is against measure

By Bryan Walsh

Time magazine 2010-03-04

In Chile, most earthquake-ready country, growing desperation over slow delivery of emergency water, food

By Alexei Barrionuevo and Marc Lacey

The New York Times 2010-03-02

India's agriculture decline, soil degradation from subsidized chemical fertilizer overuse undermines its ambitious positioning

By Geeta Anand

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-02-23

UN report may urge banning of billions in subsidies to agriculture, energy, transport since one-third of biggest companies' profits needed to clean up their pollution

By Juliette Jowit

The Guardian (UK) 2010-02-18

Deep-sea trawling by fishing fleets devastating reefs untouched since Ice Age, endangering unknown species, researchers warn

By Ian Sample

The Guardian (UK) 2010-02-18

In "Nothing to Envy," a story of ordinary North Koreans - vagabond children stealing fruit and hunting frogs, family patriarchs wasting away as food ran out

By John Delury

Slate 2010-02-10

Debate over genetically modified food, long settled in U.S. with GM corn, soybeans, begins in India with halt of Monsanto's GM eggplant

By Erika Kinetz

The Associated Press; Los Angeles Times 2010-02-15

Tainted food, water push incidence of typhoid and shigellosis up in Haitian earthquake survivors; cholera epidemic feared

By Simon Romero

The Washington Post 2010-02-19

21-part package in Science probes obstacles to achieving global food security, causes and effects of hunger, and promising solutions

Science Magazine 2010-02-12

India to rule on allowing eggplant as first GM food; broad coalition, citing biodiversity, health, consolidation concerns, mobilizes against Monsanto

By Jason Burke

The Guardian (UK) 2010-02-08

Vow to double exports wasn't vow to double agricultural exports, which totaled nearly $97 billion last year, USDA head says

By Philip Brasher

The Des Moines Register 2010-02-04

Earthquakes, other disasters captivate us while hunger, other public health problems fester in background

By Alfred Sommer

The Washington Post 2010-02-02

4.3 million need food aid in Sudan because of drought and violence from ethnic tensions, UN says

By Karl Maier 2010-02-02

In UN's new coupon-based system for food distribution in Haiti, only women will be allowed to collect rice

By Damien Cave

The New York Times 2010-01-30

Logistics hamper delivery of food, water to earthquake survivors in Haiti

United Press International 2010-01-30

National crisis brews as soil fertility, water tables diminish and Indian farmers despair

By Akash Kapur

The New York Times 2010-01-28

Fighting starvation, Haitians share even smallest portions

By Damien Cave

The New York Times 2010-01-26

Baghdad alcohol crackdown turns city almost dry, pleasing some residents but drawing criticism for political motivations

By Liz Sly

Los Angeles Times 2010-01-24

Afghan government bans ammonium nitrate fertilizers, key ingredient of bombs sometimes packed in pressure cookers

By Alan Cullison and Yaroslav Trofimov

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-01-22

Disease from tainted water, fire smoke, mosquitoes, rough living has killed more in Darfur than violence, study shows

By Donald G. McNeil Jr.

The New York Times 2010-01-22

UN wants $560 million to supply food, water, medical support, shelter in Haiti

By Joe Lauria

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-01-15

U.S. aircraft carrier begins water, supplies delivery to Haiti

By Peter Spiegel

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-01-15

Ethiopia, where land ownership is illegal, leases swaths to big firms for commercial agriculture

By Xan Rice

The Guardian (UK) 2010-01-15

Opinion: Friendlier immigration policy would translate to better Chinese food

By Adrian Ho

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-12-11

Only three percent of UK pupils' packed lunches meet school lunch standards, study shows

By Rebecca Smith

The Telegraph 2010-01-12

As population grows in girth, European governments consider fat tax

Der Spiegel 2010-01-11

UK's new food strategy integrates policy across all agencies for first time since WWII - with a few omissions

By Felicity Lawrence

The Guardian (UK) 2010-01-05

High-tech crops could prevent catastrophe, says UK scientist, but critics instead link hunger to power, control of food system

By John Vidal and Felicity Lawrence

The Guardian (UK) 2010-01-06

Reforms considered for 50 billion euro agricultural subsidies program

By Stephen Castle and Doreen Carvajal

The New York Times 2009-12-29

Israel decries produce labels specifying origin of Israeli settlement or Palestine

By Valerie Elliott

The Times (UK) 2009-12-12

Pressure builds for politically risky food, fuel subsidies cuts in Iran

Iran's lawmakers pressured to implement subsidies cuts on water, flour, bread, wheat, rice, oil, milk, sugar, fuel and postal and transportation services. Subsidies are to be replaced with cash handouts to lower-income half of population. And: Plan, which would hit hardest at urban middle class, could profoundly destabilize government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but could help wean Iran from its dependence on foreign gasoline and insulate economy from new sanctions - possible if Iran continues to defy Western pressure over its nuclear program (click 'See also').

By Roshanak Taghavi

The Christian Science Monitor 2009-12-03

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Catalog of woes stops food production, sales in poor countries

Feds, in examination of non-agricultural factors that hinder successful production and sale of food in poor countries, learn that supply of inputs often is monopolized, and that lack of commercial law inhibits loan-making and contracts, so funds flow into government bonds rather than farming. Report on Senegal says that farmers, food traders face 'undue police interference and on-the-road shakedowns' that deter internal transport of food. Such curable woes help explain why a country where 75 percent of people work in the food business must import 70 percent of its food.

The Economist 2009-11-19

Physician and anti-hunger leader nominated to head USAID

Physician and anti-hunger leader nominated to head USAID

Rajiv Shah, physician and undersecretary of agriculture since June, nominated to head the U.S. Agency for International Development. He led USDA efforts on Obama administration's food security initiative, part of global campaign to help small farmers get more food to the hungry. Obama has laid out ambitious agenda on foreign assistance, pledging to double it to $50 billion a year, pushing for $20 billion program in conjunction with other countries to fight hunger, to make economic development a pillar of his strategy in Afghanistan. And: Transcript of speech nominee helped write for secretary of state on food security (click 'See also').

By Mary Beth Sheridan

The Washington Post 2009-11-11

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Protocol proposed for buying farmland in poor countries

New global protocol proposed to temper African farmland buying frenzy caused by growing population, scarce water supplies, climate change. South Korea bought huge areas of Madagascar recently while Chinese interests bought up large plots of Senegal to supply it with sesame. Accord could include ensuring pre-sale consent is given by local people as well as ensuring that smallholders do not lose out. First draft is expected to be released next spring. And: Analyst predicts civil unrest, with investing countries leaving trail of food scarcity for poor countries' local populations (click 'See also').

By Nick Mathiason

The Guardian (UK) 2009-11-02

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Palm oil group rebuked for failing to include GHG standards in criteria

Palm oil group, at meeting, chooses not to include greenhouse gas emissions standards in criteria for 'sustainable' palm oil, but agrees on emissions from fertilizer use, fuel use, mill wastes, maintenance of water level in plantations on peat. Among 389 members are Unilever, Nestle, Conservation International, WWF. Environmental group publishes list of loopholes in accord; another calls it 'greenwash.' And: Palm oil, used in margarine, shortening, baked goods, candies, is high in saturated fat and promotes heart disease, research shows (click 'See also).

By Pete Browne

The New York Times 2009-11-06

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Beauty foods, poised for growth, subject to truth in ad rules

'Beauty from within' trend in food, drink, with claims of improving skin health has potential for major growth. Claims may resemble those on labels of cosmetics - for example, anti-wrinkle - but regulation falls under Europe's notoriously thorough, data-driven food industry rules that prohibit false advertising. Expert predicts more proven scientific data on product usage in near future, which will improve products' image. And: Food on plate trumps cosmetics for beauty (click 'See also').

By Katie Bird News Media 2009-11-05

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Mapping waste in UK meat, fish industry to cut carbon, save cash

UK plans to map food, water, packaging waste in meat, fish industry in bid to cut carbon, save cash. Information will be gathered on poultry, beef, lamb and pork and 20 fish types at all points along wholesale and retail supply chain. Meat, fish industries have been targeted because of higher greenhouse gas emission linked to their production.

By Rory Harrington News Media 2009-11-04

Opinion: Political pushback shows food movement making progress

In column, Marion Nestle, nutrition and public policy expert, says that pushback after Rome speech advocating food system that promotes better health, more sustainable agricultural production is evidence that food movement is making progress. Same goes for Michael Pollan, whose book, 'The Omnivore's Dilemma,' is high on campus reading lists. Agricultural interests (click 'See also' to read exchange of letters) twice this fall attempted to force universities to cancel speaking invitations.

By Marion Nestle

San Francisco Chronicle 2009-11-01

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Seeking federally funded school lunches in Canada

Leading food thinkers want Canada to create national, federally funded school food program as centerpiece for national food policy, arguing that it could address children's soaring obesity rates, poverty, learning challenges that come with poor nutrition. School food, they say, can teach policy makers to harness power of food to improve health, environment, agriculture, local economies. Lunch program in Scotland, with local procurement strategy, delivers fresh, unprocessed ingredients for school meals, pumped $466,460 into struggling region, reduced carbon footprint of each school.

By Margaret Webb

The Star (Toronto) 2009-10-13

Sweden targets food in CO2 cutback plan; burger cravers cringe

In Sweden, new labels listing CO2 emissions associated with production of foods appearing on some grocery items and restaurant menus - and inducing guilt in customers craving burgers. About 25 percent of emissions produced by people in industrialized nations can be traced to food they eat, research shows. Among recommendations, which give equal weight to health, environment: Eat carrots because they don't need heated greenhouses to grow; reduce fish consumption since stocks are depleted.

By Elisabeth Rosenthal

The New York Times 2009-10-23

Olive groves a casualty of farmer-settler tensions on West Bank

Olive groves a casualty of farmer-settler tensions on West Bank

As usual at harvest time, tension between Palestinian farmers, Jewish settlers has risen over who controls the land. Olive tree for Palestinians is symbol of struggle and vital part of rural economy, thus a target for vandals. Nearly 500,000 olive trees have been destroyed in territories since 2000; Israel's army has cleared swathes of groves to create open areas in Gaza Strip, often taking big bites out of Palestinian land, and cut down thousands of trees near Jewish settlements. Palestinians and human-rights groups have repeatedly criticized Israeli army for failing to stop destruction.

By Al-Mughayir

The Economist 2009-10-15

Palau takes steps to protect sharks from extinction

Palau creates world's first shark sanctuary to protect more than 135 Western Pacific species of sharks and rays considered endangered or vulnerable, but has only one boat to patrol waters the size of Texas. President also calls for moratorium on 'finning' - the practice of hacking off shark fins (for shark-fin soup popular in China) and throwing the body back into sea - and an end to unregulated and destructive bottom trawling. Shark steaks are increasingly served in restaurants, replacing swordfish.

By John Heilprin

The Associated Press; The Washington Post 2009-09-24

Palau takes steps to protect sharks from extinction

Palau creates world's first shark sanctuary to protect more than 135 Western Pacific species of sharks and rays considered endangered or vulnerable, but has only one boat to patrol waters the size of Texas. President also calls for moratorium on 'finning' - the practice of hacking off shark fins (for shark-fin soup popular in China) and throwing the body back into sea - and an end to unregulated and destructive bottom trawling. Shark steaks are increasingly served in restaurants, replacing swordfish.

By John Heilprin

The Associated Press; The Washington Post 2009-09-24

Hunger of 1 billion 'inherently destabilizing'

Food crisis, with 1 billion hungry people worldwide, is 'inherently destabilizing,' says director of World Food Program. Combating hunger is major foreign policy goal, Hillary Clinton tells diplomats who earlier pledged $20 billion in aid. 'Food security is about economic, environmental and national security for our individual homelands and the world,' she says, pitching G-8 investment program that would help farmers obtain seeds and fertilizer, promote regional trade agreements.

By Bill Varner 2009-09-26

U.S. farm politics, food aid policies undermine anti-hunger efforts

Despite Norman Borlaug's accomplishments in plant breeding that created bumper crops in once poor countries, hunger prevails because of American farm politics, African corruption, war, poverty, climate change, drought. Years of grain surpluses fostered complacency. Farm programs, subsidies in U.S., plus nation's habit of shipping grain to poor undermines markets elsewhere. 'World peace will not be built on empty stomachs or human misery,' said Borlaug, Nobel winner. 'It is within America's technical and financial power to help end this human tragedy and injustice, if we set our hearts and minds to the task.'

By Andrew Martin

The New York TImes 2009-09-20

Tipping point on farmed vs wild-caught fish seen for 2009

Sometime this year, half the fish, shellfish we eat will be farmed, not wild caught. Tipping point is reshaping oceans, livelihoods, diets. Environmental challenges include need to feed many small fish to bigger fish that consumers crave. Up to one-third of global catch goes to produce fish oil, fish meal that fish, poultry and pig-farming operations demand, which depletes stocks of forage fish - anchovies, sardines and menhaden, plus krill, food for penguins, whales (click 'See also') - a link expert says must be broken. Farmed fish might have eaten unused poultry trimmings, been vaccinated, consumed antibiotics or been selected for certain genetic traits.

By Juliet Eilperin

The Washington Post 2009-09-20

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Irrigation reform needed for future food supply in Asia

Without major reforms in agricultural water use, many developing nations in Asia face prospect of importing more than a quarter of rice, wheat, corn they will need by 2050, irrigation study shows. Already, area is most intensively irrigated in world; South Asia as a whole uses about 250 cubic kilometers of groundwater annually, accounting for almost half the world's total groundwater use. Study doesn't factor in impact of climate change.

International Water Management Institute, Eurekalert 2009-08-17

Farming emerges as chief threat to ozone layer

Nitrous oxide (N2O, 'laughing gas') is biggest threat to ozone layer. Emissions come mostly from farming practices, including use of synthetic and organic fertilizers, production of nitrogen-fixing crops, cultivation of high organic content soils, adding livestock manure to fields, runoff leaching into groundwater (click 'See also'). Gas isn't regulated by Montreal Protocol, so there's no global effort to cut emissions. How non-farmers can help: Eat less meat, reduce driving, use fuel-efficient vehicle.

By Bryan Walsh

Time magazine 2009-08-28

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Sick farm workers likely source of turkeys' swine flu

Turkeys at two farms have caught swine flu, likely from infected farm workers, and have been quarantined in Chile, UN says. Once the sick birds have recovered, production, processing will continue. 'They do not pose a threat to the food chain,' says official. Canada, Argentina and Australia have previously reported spread of H1N1 swine flu virus from farm workers to pigs.

By Sudeep Chand

BBC News 2009-08-27

Fed mulls tighter rules on Vietnamese fish imports; U.S. beef exporters worry

Government considers tougher regulations for pangasius, a Vietnamese fish similar to catfish, by putting it under USDA instead of FDA. Imported products regulated by USDA must meet same food safety standards as domestic competitors. And: There's no reason to launch trade war with Vietnam over fish, editors say (click 'See also'). Pangasius industry critical to economy of Mekong River region; protectionism veiled as food safety is sensitive issue for Congressional friends of cattle.

By Philip Brasher

The Des Moines Register 2009-07-05

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Concern grows over farmland investments in poor countries

Concern for equitable resource allocation grows as rich countries and world's largest food, financial and car companies invest $20 billion to $30 billion annually on farmland in developing countries (click 'See also'). UN says investment has doubled to nearly 20 million hectares (50 million acres) since last year. Analyst predicts civil unrest, with investing countries leaving trail of food scarcity for local populations, as well as devastated soils, dry aquifers and ruined ecology from highly intensive, chemical-based farming.

By John Vidal

The Guardian (UK) 2009-07-03

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Analysis: Brazil's big beef firms tighten deforestation oversight

Brazil's cattle industry bends to demands to curb destruction of Amazon after Greenpeace report links JBS, other meatpackers to illegal deforestation (click 'See also'). After report, World Bank withdrew $90 million loan to one firm; Wal-Mart, other supermarkets vowed to stop buying beef from 11 producers. Bertin, JBS, Marfrig, Minerva make up 70 percent of Brazil's beef export market but account for 30 percent of domestic cattle purchases; it is unclear whether thousands of smaller processors, ranchers will change their ways.

By Reese Ewing and Stuart Grudgings

Reuters 2009-06-29

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Foreign aid will shift to teaching skills rather than direct food donations

In shift, U.S. will focus on providing expertise, training, roads, infrastructure to boost agricultural productivity abroad rather giving emergency aid, USDA chief says. Nation is largest donor of emergency food aid - mainly crops grown by American farmers - but spends 20 times as much on food aid to Africa as it spends on programs that could boost food production. In 1980s, U.S. annual spending on African farming projects was $400 million-plus; by 2006 it had dwindled to $60 million.

By Mark Weinraub

Reuters 2009-06-29

Opinion: Losing ability to tax 'entertainment' edibles

Idea that junk foods (those high in salt, fat and empty carbohydrates but low in nutrients) can escape tax category of entertainment products like cigarettes or booze gives unfair tax and price advantage to non-nutritious edibles over real food. Joining feds' scheme that harmonizes provincial and federal sales taxes means Ontario is giving up a cost-neutral way to shift behavior toward healthier choices, lower medical expenses. 'Pseudo-foods' account for about 31 per cent of supermarket sales.

By Wayne Roberts

Now Magaine (Toronto) 2009-04-08

Dams, drought turning Iraqi farms to desert, forcing food imports

Dams, drought turning Iraqi farms to desert, forcing food imports

The small, aggressive and ill-tempered Saw Scaled Viper is among snakes plaguing Iraq's farmers.

Four-year drought, plus dams in Turkey, Syria, Iran drop water levels in Euphrates and the Tigris rivers, endangering Iraqi agriculture and destroying habitat for vipers, which now plague people, cattle. Farmers leaving land for cities, pushing country to import more food, though in 1950s it was one of few regional cereal-exporting countries. Drop in oil prices cuts budget for measures to increase water use efficiency.

The Independent (UK) 2009-06-15

Fresh water shortage causes sinkholes near Dead Sea

Dire water shortage made worse by tourism, chemical industries, growing population near Dead Sea, opens hazardous sinkholes. Problem originated in '60s, when Israel, Jordan began diverting water flowing through Dead Sea tributary, the Jordan River (click 'See also). Sinkholes form when subterranean salt layer that once bordered the sea is dissolved by fresh water that follows receding Dead Sea waters. In response, authorities close campground, date groves, naval base, and scrap plans for 5,000 new hotel rooms.

By Joseph Marks

The Associated Press; Times Union (Albany, NY) 2009-06-21

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Financial crisis adds more to ranks of global hungry

One in six - or one-sixth of the global population, now suffer from hunger and do not have access to enough food; 1 billion undernourished around the world, UN head says. Number has jumped by more than 100 million in last year. He calls for new world food order, urges more spending on agriculture.

By Stephanie Kennedy

ABC/BBC 2009-06-20

Opinion: Taking steps to end chronic hunger

Opinion: Taking steps to end chronic hunger

Sustainable agriculture key to ending chronic hunger, Hillary Clinton tells World Food Prize audience. Obama administration will lead effort and seek to increase agricultural productivity; improve infrastructure of developing countries; maintain natural resources; help developing communities adapt to climate change; support R&D and education of plant scientists; seek to increase trade for small-scale farmers; support policy reform, good governance and the 70 percent of farmers who are women - and the children.

By Hillary Clinton

The Huffington Post 2009-06-11

UK plans new low-carbon menus minus beef, lamb, tomatoes

Government advisers in UK shaping suggested menus without lamb, hothouse tomatoes, alcohol to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Growing, processing hops, malt to beer, whisky help to generate 1.5 percent of nation's greenhouse gases; producing 2.2 pounds of lamb releases equivalent of 37 pounds of CO2; same amount of beef releases methane equivalent to 35 pounds of CO2; same amount of hothouse tomatoes releases 20-plus pounds of CO2.

By Jonathan Leake

The Times (UK) 2009-05-24

Pure artesian well water fuels battle against proposed landfill

In Ontario's Tiny Township, 25-year-old battles continues over whether waterlogged landfill site - over world's most pristine artesian wells that planners say would flush toxins into sewage systems - is appropriate, and worth risk to water. And: Safety of drinking water at risk, say farmers on tractors blockading 'Site 41' (click 'See also').

By Martin Mittelstaedt

The Globe and Mail (Canada); Lake Ontario Waterkeeper 2009-05-04

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Florida OJ industry faces triple tribulations

Florida orange juice industry faces drought, hurricane season, anti-dumping petition against a Brazilian juice processor (click 'See also'). Though juice futures have risen, orange stockpiles, recent low prices, could keep supermarket prices stable.

By Ted Jackovics

The Tampa Tribune 2009-05-05

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In Mexico, flu focuses complaints about Smithfield farms

Flu outbreak focuses complaints in poor neighborhoods near industrial pig farm owned by Smithfield subsidiary in Mexico. Overpowering stench, dogs feasting on pig carcasses, massive manure lagoons among neighbors' concerns. Conglomerate says it has funded reforestation, irrigation and has bought computer equipment for schools. It says it has built clinics and provides free medical care, and that Mexican health officials attribute persistent illness in area to temperature changes, malnutrition, unsafe drinking water.

By Steve Fainaru

The Washington Post 2009-05-10

Food aid to Pakistan, Afghanistan from USDA

Pakistan, Afghanistan to receive $27.5 million through USDA Food for Progress Program. Under plan, proceeds from sale of USDA-donated vegetable oil to agribusinesses there will help implement agricultural, rural development projects. Other efforts: developing agriculture trade corridors along border; improving production, processing of fruits, nuts, livestock; improving water, watershed management and irrigation methods; rehabilitating watersheds to increase crop yields and create jobs.

USDA 2009-05-07

Soot from primitive cooking stoves heating planet

Soot from primitive cooking stoves heating planet

Green Launches

Solar-powered oven called 'Kyoto Box' won its creator, Jon Bøhner, $75,000; a more durable version is in production in Nairobi (click 'See also').

Black carbon - soot from cooking with wood, dung or crop residues and from burning diesel, coal - found to be responsible for 18 percent of global warming. Replacing primitive cooking stoves could be stopgap, could avert worst projected consequences of global warming. Some villagers resist because food tastes different. Bill in Congress would require aid for black carbon reduction projects abroad, including introducing $20 solar-powered cookstoves in 20 million homes. And: $7 solar cooker wins $75,000 prize (click 'See also').

By Elisabeth Rosenthal

The New York Times 2009-04-16

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Switching a refrigerator coolant to rescue tiny islands

In effort to stop rising sea levels, tiny island nations of Micronesia, Mauritius want 90 percent cut in use of greenhouse gases used in refrigerators, air conditioners. Scientists say eliminating use of hydrofluorocarbons would spare the world an amount of greenhouse gases up to about a third of all CO2 emissions about 20 to 40 years from now. And: Ozone treaty could regulate HFCs and become strong tool for fighting global warming (click 'See also').

By John Heilprin

The Associated Press; Chicago Tribune 2009-04-30

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After 16 years, Ecuadorian water pollution case in judge's hands

In Ecuador, judge will decide whether Texaco is to blame for pollution of rain forest waterways where tens of thousands used water for drinking, cooking, bathing and some later died. Farm worker activist conducts 'toxic tours' to one massive sludge pool (of hundreds) where waste was dumped into leaky unlined pit. Study under way on effects of pollution on fishing, agriculture. And: Chevron shareholders want report on protection of people, environment in countries where it operates (click 'See also').

By Juan Forero

The Washington Post 2009-04-27

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Egypt's pig killing as flu control a 'mistake,' UN says

UN says Egypt's decision to kill 40,000 pigs as precaution against swine flu is 'real mistake.' Pigs are mainly raised by country's Christian minority. Egypt worries about effects of another flu virus after extensive damage to its poultry industry, economy from H5N1 bird flu virus. And: Egyptian authorities took advantage of situation to resolve question of disorderly pig rearing in cities, spokesperson says (click 'See also').

By Phil Stewart

Reuters 2009-04-29

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Japan recruits urbanites to short-staffed farming sector

As recession in Japan worsens, government recruits young underemployed workers to farmer training program with whirlwind lessons in rice and vegetable planting, cleaning pigsties, feeding cattle. Only 4 percent of Japanese labor force works in agriculture and profession is graying and short on workers, but reverence for rice-farming heritage is strong. And: Japan's rural economic system built on tiny, woefully inefficient family farms (click 'See also').

By Hiroko Tabuchi

The New York Times 2009-04-15

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From poppies to pomegranates in Afghanistan

From poppies to pomegranates in Afghanistan

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Pomegranates can replace opium poppies for higher profit, beverage entrepreneur, UK grocery chain and Afghanistan tribes agree. 40,000 trees planted, with half a million more trees planned by end of 2010. Ability to reduce drug dependency is vast, since Afghan-sourced heroin is sold globally. And: In Afghanistan, Texas soldiers see path to victory through creation of wheat-seed farm superior to the 2,500 acres and subsistence plots controlled by Taliban (click 'See also').

By Shane Starling Decision News Media 2009-03-31

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Solve food, water, energy woes together, UK scientist says

By 2030 UK will need 50 percent more food, energy and 30 percent more water, but all must be considered simultaneously, says UK scientist. Otherwise, shortages could unleash rioting, border conflicts, mass migration as people flee from worst-affected regions. Looming water shortages in China have prompted construction of 59 reservoirs to water from melting glaciers.

By Ian Sample

The Guardian (UK) 2009-03-18

In trucking spat, Mexico assigns tariffs to U.S. goods

After feds decide to end program allowing some Mexican trucks on U.S. highways, Mexico retaliates with tariffs on products from 40 states. Products include sunflower seed, soy sauce, beer, onions, pears, apricots, cherries, strawberries, grapes, dried fruit mixes, lettuce, potatoes, peas, almonds, fruit and vegetable juices, prepared soups, wine, plastic kitchenware, refrigerators, coffee makers, and dishwashers (click 'See also').

By Ken Ellingwood

Los Angeles Times 2009-03-18

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French government peddles glories of farming in ad campaign

French government peddles glories of farming in ad campaign

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As exodus continues from rural France, new, playful ad campaign aims to update image of farming to attract 'young blood. Farmers seen as guardians of rural and gastronomical heritage in country where each region boasts its own wine, cheese, sausage. And: Decision to enter farming helped by relative attractiveness of farm versus nonfarm earning opportunities and by ease of entry into farming as a business, says USDA (click 'See also').

By Eleanor Beardsley

National Public Radio/Morning Edition 2009-03-02

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Cutting carbon for food, drink shrinks utility bills in UK

Food, drink industry at forefront on UK emissions reductions, government group reports. Early leader was Walkers, a potato chip maker and subsidiary of PepsiCo, which learned that making fertilizer was 15 percent of footprint. Walkers now works with suppliers, has reduced emissions for some chip-making by 7 percent - and cut its utility bills. Other participants: Tesco, Sainsburys, British Sugar, Cadbury and ingredients supplier DSM.

By Lindsey Partos News Media 2009-02-27

UN advice on averting 'environmental food crisis'

Inefficiency wastes half the food produced globally; one-third of grains fed to animals, which worsens poverty, environmental degradation, UN says. Double yields from organic farming a bright spot. Top tips: Regulate food prices, feed poor; back biofuels that don't compete with food, water; feed animals food waste and grains to humans; support small-scale farmers, resilient ecoagriculture; reduce wars, corruption and improve trade, infrastructure; limit global warming; publicize links between population, ecosystem.

Environment News Service 2009-02-17

In wheat fields, risk of 'pending disaster' in global agriculture

Devastating wheat epidemic, Ug99, begins to take hold, exposing fragility of food supply in poor countries. Eighty percent of Asian and African wheat varieties now susceptible, along with barley. Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, major wheat producers, most threatened. And: Monsanto, Syngenta say their genetically modified wheat resists fungus, want ban on GM wheat lifted (click 'See also').

By Sharon Schmickle

The Washington Post 2009-02-18

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Obama backs treaty to cut mercury emissions

Administration calls for cuts to global mercury emissions. Nervous system toxin can travel thousands of miles through air, water. Much drifts into oceans, where it enters food chain and contaminates fish. And: Coal-fired power plants are largest source of mercury pollution in U.S., making them true enemy of tuna sandwich crowd, says writer (click 'See also').

By Tom Maliti

The Associated Press; Chicago Tribune 2009-02-17

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Joblessness, rising prices and backdrop of 'resource war'

Iraq war will be seen as first 'resource war,' where country used force to secure natural resources, predicts former UK scientific adviser. Same strategy could be used to find and keep fresh water, crop lands, minerals, in light of population growth, dwindling natural resources, rising sea levels. And: Swelling ranks of joblessness, rising prices threaten global stability (click 'See also').

By James Randerson

The Guardian (UK) 2009-02-13

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Farming as strategy against Taliban in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, Texas soldiers see path to victory through creation of wheat-seed farm superior to the 2,500 acres and subsistence plots controlled by Taliban. Project could free farmers from Taliban-approved suppliers and lousy products from Pakistan. And it's cheaper - farm project estimated at $7.5 million to $9 million; military assault, occupation and rehabilitation of Khajanoor Farms might cost $12 million to $18 million.

By Jim Landers

The Dallas Morning News 2009-02-01

Make meat special-occasion food, Germans told

Germans, among highest meat consumers in Europe, urged to eat meat only on special occasions to help planet; farm lobby, politicians balk. Government estimates that, kilo-for-kilo, compared to bread, emissions from poultry farming are more than four times as high; pork is six times as high, and beef and lamb are 16 times as high. Clearing of tropical forest for feed-crop cultivation also adds emissions.

By Kate Connolly

The Guardian (UK) 2009-01-23

Hospital meals in UK will go greener

To set public example, meat-free menus, more fresh produce, less bottled water and less dairy will be promoted in UK hospitals to cut global warming emissions. Without effective action now, millions will experience hunger, water shortages and coastal flooding as climate changes, report warns. And: Reducing meat, junk food in diet means healthier body and planet, says Mark Bittman in new book (click 'See also').

By Juliette Jowit

The Guardian (UK) 2009-01-26

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Cholera epidemic spreads from Zimbabwe

Cholera epidemic moves with victims to rural Zimbabwe and into South Africa. Disease, caused by drinking water tainted with sewage, took hold after health, sanitation systems collapsed under economic crisis in troubled country. Nearly 2,500 people have died; more than 40,000 are infected. And: Cholera is a measure of government's failure (click 'See also').

By Nelson Banya

Reuters 2009-01-22

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Toward limits, controls on pesticides, weedkillers in EU

European Parliament votes to tighten rules on pesticides, ban at least 22 toxins. New rules would limit or ban use of toxins near schools, parks, hospitals, aquatic environments, drinking water; wholesale aerial crop-spraying would also be banned; honeybees and other pollinators (click 'See also') would be protected. Opposition predicts loss of one-fourth produce, high vegetable prices. Rules must be OK'd by 27 member states' governments.

BBC News 2009-01-13

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Italians asked to forgo pineapple, buy local

Italians asked to forgo pineapple, buy local

New York Daily News

Panettone is a traditional Italian holiday bread.

Italy's agriculture minister asks Italians to choose among the 4,500 foods of Italian origin - sausage-like zampone, cotechino or panettone, oranges, apples, kiwi - this holiday and to skip the items that travel 2,500 kilometers to market. Coffee, he says, is exception. And: panettone recipe (click 'See also').

By Colleen Barry

The Associated Press; International Herald Tribune 2008-12-18

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Amid political turmoil, cholera, hunger worsens in Zimbabwe

Cholera, spread by feces-fouled drinking water, has sickened 16,000-plus Zimbabweans since August. Nearly 1,000 have died (click 'See also); cases could surpass 60,000. Fresh water supplies captive to chaos of Mugabe regime; hospital system shut down by an exodus of workers whose salaries are worthless from hyperinflation. Millions enduring severe and worsening hunger. And: UN, running out of funds, may cut food rations there (click 'See also').

By Celia W. Dugger

The New York Times 2008-12-12

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China starts new food safety campaign

Pledging to learn from baby formula case, China launches campaign to restore faith in food products after melamine-tainted dairy product scandal. Initiative includes assessment of procedures, probes of high-risk producers or regions and targets food processors with fewer than 10 employees - 70 percent of country's 500,000 producers.

By Mike Stones 2008-12-09

Setting 'tolerable' levels for industrial toxin in food

Calling melamine a contaminant that sometimes is unavoidable, World Health Organization sets 'daily tolerable intake' without 'appreciable health risk.' The toxin, an industrial chemical, can cause kidney stones, kidney disease, other organ problems and kidney failure, and can be fatal in children. And: Toxin links industrial waste to U.S. food system (click 'See also'). 2008-12-10

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EU farm policy changes are biggest in five years

EU, in farming policy overhaul, to change distribution of billions - 40 percent of EU budget - in subsidies to farmers. Critics say diluted changes will skew markets further. Coming soon: Up milk production quota; put set-aside farmland into production; reduce payments to some farmers, landowners, including Queen. And: Questions, answers on Common Agricultural Policy (click 'See also').

By James Kanter

The New York Times 2008-11-20

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Report on 2025 predicts fighting - maybe for food

Dwindling resources - water and food - and climate change, growing populations will contribute to regional conflicts, global instability, says Global Trends 2025. National Intelligence Council report (click 'See also') for policymakers says Middle East, parts of Africa, eastern Europe, Asia at greatest risk.

By Peter Finn and Walter Pincus

The Washington Post 2008-11-21

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S. Korea, others see foreign farmland as hedge against grain price hikes

In effort to cut dependence on U.S. imports, South Korean firm plans million-acre corn field on land just leased for 99 years in Madagascar. Daewoo hopes to harvest five million tons of corn annually by 2023. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, seeking similar agricultural investments in Africa or Asia while Angola, Ethiopia seek partnerships with countries in need.

BBC 2008-11-19

Court decision will alter UK pesticide safety assessments

Rural dwellers, workers, students near farmland must be considered in assessing pesticide risk, UK government rules. Current rules considered only occasional, short-term 'bystander' exposure, not repeated exposure to crop spraying, chemicals over years. And: 'Pesticide nun' and plaintiff Georgina Downs holds industry, politicians accountable (click 'See also').

By David Adam

The Guardian (UK) 2008-11-15

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Food supply short as political stalemate continues in Zimbabwe

At least 1 million people could starve to death in a year if political deadlock in Zimbabwe continues, Morgan Tsvangirai, opposition leader warns. UN food agency, running short on funds, reduces corn, bean rations to 4 million people. Plea for $140 million for food from now till April harvest unheeded, World Food Program says, and food will run out in January.

BBC News 2008-11-11

World hunger needs Obama's attention, says UN

Fighting world hunger should be priority for Barack Obama, says UN leader. Effort needs $30 billion a year to boost rural infrastructure, farm productivity and wages of farmers. Record crop yields have reduced immediate problems, but agency fears that financial crisis will trigger another food price surge. Farmers have cut back on planting in response to high fuel, fertilizers prices and lower prices for grains.

By Svetlana Kovalyova

Reuters 2008-11-07

After Pakistan quake, children beg for food

Food, water, tents distributed to survivors of Pakistan earthquake near Afghanistan border, but there's not enough to go around. Children beg for food from passing aid trucks. UN plans initial delivery of flour, lentils, salt from nearby warehouses. More than 300 dead, 20,000 homeless. China, Japan, U.S., Turkey offer help.

By Ed Johnson and Farhan Sharif

Bloomberg 2008-10-31

Foreign aid crucial to U.S. standing, says Bush

For sake of economy, national security and moral authority, U.S. must stay committed to international aid, President George Bush says. Rising food prices have added 75 million people worldwide to rolls of chronic hunger for total of 925 million, UN says. In July, Senate panel voted to scale back funding request of Bush program that rewards countries for meeting strict policy, governance criteria; group has disbursed less than 10 percent of its $6.3 billion.

By Dan Eggen and Anthony Faiola

The Washington Post 2008-10-22

On World Food Day, hunger is main topic

World's promises to modernize agricultural practices and support third-world farmers remain unkept, UN speaker charges. Experts say ranks of hungry likely to grow from 920 million to 970 million this year. Only 10 percent of $12 billion pledged by world governments has arrived, and bulk was earmarked for famine relief, not longer-term agricultural aid to make future famines less likely.

By Shawn Pogatchnik

The Associated Press; Winnipeg Sun (Ca) 2008-10-17

Opinion: Candidates must address hunger, food shortages

Eve of World Food Day was missed opportunity for presidential candidates to discuss hunger, poverty. Starvation kills a child every five seconds; nearly one billion people go hungry daily. Both candidates must speak specifically about proposals to address global hunger, food shortages. And: To join anti-povery effort, click 'See also.'

The editors

The Capital Times (Madison, WI) 2008-10-16

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As factions battle and Somali pirates sail, millions starve

Listless babies, wizened one-year-olds, two-year-olds with no food for two weeks are among the millions dying from hunger in Somalia in 'forgotten crisis.' Recently, thousands of desperately hungry besieged 35-truck UN convoy in Mogadishu, taking two million pounds of food. Unending war, drought, global food supply squeeze, unemployment, inflation all to blame.

By Jeffrey Gettleman

The New York Times 2008-10-11

Michigan lettuce linked to e.coli in Canada

Forty-one e.coli cases, three in Canada, linked to shredded iceberg lettuce from Michigan. And: Hospital head wants to know why there was five-day delay in notifying health authorities of outbreak (click 'See also'), considering recent listeria outbreak that has so far killed 20 and left 32 seriously ill across Canada.

By Erica Bajer

The Chatham Daily News (CA) 2008-10-08

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Melamine milk scandal grows in China

Liquid milk in China found to contain melamine after similarly tainted infant formula kills three babies and sickens 53,000, with nearly 13,000 hospitalized for kidney problems. Instant coffee, milk, candy for export blocked at Asian borders. Don't assume the Chinese piece of the global supply chain follows the rules, says expert. Product-quality chief resigns. And: Ten countries ban Chinese dairy products (click 'See also').

By Don Lee and Mark Magnier

Los Angeles Times 2008-09-22

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'Humanitarian emergency' in remote, poor North Korea

Feeding 6.3 million North Koreans to avert famine will cost half a billion dollars in emergency food aid in next 15 months, UN says. U.S. just delivered 110,000 tons of food, but bad weather, price hikes, export restrictions and political maneuvering have kept stores low. And: Roughly a third of country's children, mothers are malnourished (click 'See also').

By Peter Ford

The Christian Science Monitor 2008-09-04

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Zimbabwe aid ban lifted after U.N., U.S. pleas

Zimbabwe, once breadbasket but now in sixth year of food aid, lifts ban on aid after three-month standoff. Lag left up to 1.7 million left out of registration for food, other needs. Mugabe had claimed some groups fed only election opposition; U.S. says Mugabe used schoolchildren's food as political weapon. Meanwhile, 45 percent of citizens will be in need by January; they will forage, sell possessions and eat fewer meals to survive. For snapshot, click 'See also.'

By Celia W. Dugger

The New York Times 2008-08-29

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Opinion: Toward food security in Latin America

Latin America is major food producer, but sometimes must import to prevent shortages. Political left turn was tied to food problem - Brazil's 'Zero Hunger' plan, Argentina's price controls, Venezuela's land reform. Assuring food security must avoid protectionism and requires new international regime of free trade for agricultural commodities.

By Khatchik Der Ghougassian

Journal of Turkish Weekly 2008-08-18

Opinion: OPEC-like grains group could stabilize volatile market

Opinion: OPEC-like grains group could stabilize volatile market

It's time to apply lessons from energy sector to food policies and create an OPEC-like group for grain. As biofuels cropland demand increases and climate change alters global harvests, Organization of Grain Exporting Countries could regulate grain stocks - and institutionalize food as a human right. And: Russia plans to form state grain trading company (click 'See also').

By Mike Stones News Media 2008-08-11

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Opinion: With 100 months left before tipping point, every choice matters

With irreversible climate change expected in 100 months, everything we do matters. Individuals alone can't re-engineer Britain's fossil-fuel-dependent food, transport and energy systems; government must lead. Between 1938 and 1944, economy was re-engineered and there were dramatic cuts in resource use and household consumption. How countdown was calculated (click 'See also').

By Andrew Simms

The Guardian (UK) 2008-08-01

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Sport fishermen, factory fishing boat workers tangle

Costa Rica launches probe after tuna spotters for industrial seine-fishing boat drop explosives onto or near boats of sport fishermen, and, separately, encircled sport boats with fishing net and yelled threats. And: Industrial trawler fishing (which drags nets along the sea bottom) is main culprit for soaring numbers of dolphin deaths (click 'See also').

By Pete Thomas

Los Angeles Times 2008-07-08

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Scale of need is vast in Myanmar

Scale of need is vast in Myanmar

Eyal Warshawski/MSF

Food, shelter, and access to clean water remain biggest needs of May cyclone victims in Myanmar. Lack of proper distribution channels has hampered food deliveries. Challenge, aid workers say, is vastness of operation.

Doctors Without Borders/ Medecins Sans Frontieres 2008-06-04

Natural disaster, compounded

Traveling in secret in Myanmar, reporter (whose byline is withheld here) distributes antibiotics, bottled water, packages of cookies and instant noodles until they're gone, then finds monks struggling to care for homeless, thirsty children. The May 2 storm killed at least 78,000 people; 56,000 are missing.

By a staff writer

Los Angeles Times 2008-06-13

Opinion: Pascal Lamy and trade liberalization

Successful tax-reducing talks in Doha, Qatar, could add billions of dollars to earning potential of farmers in developing world, and to that of businesses and workers around the globe by opening rich nations' markets to mostly agricultural goods of poor nations. Triumph or failure may rest with a French bureaucrat.

The editors

The Washington Post 2008-06-11

Roots of a crisis mired in politics, funding and strife

Unless causes of food crisis are addressed, emergencies will continue. World leaders 12 years ago declared they would halve world hunger by 2015, but plans for cooperation, action, and increased aid and help were ignored or squandered, mostly because of military or political conflicts or poverty, plus declining foreign interest in agricultural development.

By Kent Garber

U.S. News & World Report 2008-05-30

UN aid worker killed

World Food Program worker killed near UN camp in Lokichoggio, the main humanitarian operations hub for south Sudan. The victim, 37, was the WFP logistics coordinator for southern Sudan and had worked in Iraq, Guinea Bissau, Zimbabwe and Indonesia.

By Daniel Wallis

Reuters 2008-05-09

Root of the food crisis

Saying that food crisis grew from decade of neglect and ineffective development policy, UN head vows urgent response to global food crisis, including long-term solutions of root causes including trade practices. He warns that crisis could cascade into multiple crises affecting trade, development and even social and political security around the world.

By Louis Charbonneau

Reuters 2008-05-05

After cyclone, need for water, food, shelter

Several hundred thousand without drinking water after cyclone in Burma kills 15,000 and devastates its rice growing region. Disaster likely to have a catastrophic effect on future food, but now, urgent needs are water purification tablets, food, plastic sheeting, cooking equipment, mosquito nets and health kits. Click 'See also' for Red Cross donation link.

By Amy Kazmin

The Washington Post 2008-05-06

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Two die in food riots

Troops kill two Somalis during food riots that draw tens of thousands. In Mogadishu, the price of corn meal has more than doubled since January. Rice has risen during the same period from $26 to $47.50 for a 110-pound sack. Somali shilling, too, has plummeted because of growing insecurity and counterfeiting. Half of Somalia's population of seven million faces famine, UN says.

By Mohamed Olad Hassan

The Associated Press; The Washington Post 2008-05-05

Global food challenge

World Bank-UN hunger task force will chart a solution to food price rises that have caused hunger, riots and hoarding in poor countries. UN, World Bank call on countries not to restrict exports of food to secure supplies at home, warning that could make the problem worse. Rice prices ease on forecasts of new harvest.

By Laura MacInnis

Reuters 2008-04-29

Empty bowls, empty desks

Stung by rising rice prices, Cambodia plans to suspend 450,000 students' free breakfast of rice, tuna and yellow split peas. Only the most destitute schools were eligible for program, but the meals were an immediate hit. Well-fed students are more attentive, tardiness is no longer a problem, and attendance by girls, who for years had been kept home, has increased sharply.

By Thomas Fuller

International Herald Tribune 2008-04-28

Aiding hunger relief

Britain pledges $900 million to UN World Food Program, vows to seek changes in European Union biofuels targets if food prices-fuel crops link is shown. Hunger threatens more than 100 million people on every continent, UN says. Echoing statements from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, Asian Development Bank urges countries to help poor buy food instead of resorting to export curbs, which is hoarding on a national scale.

By Jeremy Lovell

Reuters 2008-04-22

Food from the skies to Taliban

Food, water and weapons mistakenly delivered to Taliban-controlled area of south Afghanistan in late March, NATO says. The supplies were dropped by helicopter after navigator confused similar grid references. Afghan politicians say it wasn't an accident.

By Anil Dawar (and agencies)

The Guardian (UK) 2008-04-18

Plans to fight food crisis

Administration plans more initiatives against food crisis, which is a 'current emergency' with long-term global challenges, Condoleezza Rice says. Completing Doha global trade deal would increase agricultural productivity and moderate prices, she says.

By Susan Cornwell

Reuters 2008-04-17

UN says we need a revolution

UN group calls for revolution in world agriculture, a return to ecologically sensitive farming techniques, and a reduction in distance between farm and fork. Current production has created unequal benefits and at high social and environmental cost; farming is responsible for more than one-third of world's most degraded land, study by 400 experts shows.

By Nick Miles

BBC News 2008-04-15

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Bush pledges $200 million for food aid

President Bush orders $200 million drawn from food reserve for Africa and elsewhere and looks to other nations to help meet the $500 million shortfall at UN World Food Program. In U.S., poor families are feeling the pinch; candidates beginning to cite cost of food in speeches.

CNN 2008-04-15

'Put our money where our mouth is'

Food prices, shortages more threatening to stability than market slump, say leaders of World Bank and International Monetary Fund at meeting. They ask richest countries for help to prevent starvation and disorder in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Food shortages have caused political instability in Haiti, Egypt, the Philippines and Indonesia. Participants seemed self-conscious about discussing bank losses versus hunger.

By Steven R. Weisman

The New York Times 2008-04-13

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Two killed after aid delivery

Two food aid workers killed in Southern Sudan while returning from deliveries for UN's World Food Program, bringing total deaths to five, with 29 drivers missing and 60 hijackings in Darfur since January. Attacks have slowed food deliveries in Darfur, where program is feeding more than two million refugees.

UN News Service; 2008-04-10

Opinion: Ruled by Tesco?

Until government awakens to approaching convergence of crises, we are at mercy of grocers. Expert believes that radical shift in diet, to mostly plant-based foods, is only long-term solution, considering dependence of industrial food system on oil and its rising price, land shortages due to appetite for meat, shortage of farmers, pressures on crop land by biofuels and effect of climate change.

By Rosie Boycott

The Guardian (UK) 2008-03-28

Government relief

Nigeria's poor harvests from drought, plus rising food and cooking oil prices prompt government into selling portion of strategic food reserves for half the market rate. Commodities include rice, millet, corn and cassava. Agriculture drives economy, but most farmers are small producers.

By Dulue Mbachu

Bloomberg 2008-03-13

Another strategic reserve?

United Arab Emirates considers creating strategic reserve of staple foods and subsidizing essential foods for citizens. Inflation rose last year to about 10 percent. Taking 'corporate social responsibility,' cooperative supermarket chain agrees to hold prices for 16 food items at 2007 levels this year and absorb expected food price rises of up to 40 percent.

By Simeon Kerr

Financial Times (London) 2008-03-13

Debt-free in India

As elections approach, Indian government cancels small farmers' debts, announces its goal of becoming self-sufficient in food grains and pledges to hold food prices down. Critics say debt-forgiveness program is unfair to farmers with more land. Government also plans improvements on roads and rural infrastructure.

BBC News 2008-02-29

Civil unrest of hunger

While many farmers profit, skyrocketing food prices spark riots as they devastate the world's poorest people and the over-burdened government relief programs that are their last resort. Market shelves in Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Senegal and other countries are stocked with food many locals can no longer afford, adding to prospects for chaos.

By Vivienne Walt

Time magazine 2009-02-27

Opinion: Food or...fuel?

As food prices skyrocket, global starvation worsens and the UN considers rationing food aid (click 'See also'), the callous U.S. - Bush, Congress and presidential contenders - boosts grain-burning for ethanol. Government should determine effects of biofuels before maximizing corn cob energy, and meanwhile, give more to world food aid to undo damage it caused.

The editors

Los Angeles Times 2008-02-26

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Disaster in Ecuador

Rains, floods have killed 16 and devastated rice, coffee, corn, banana, cacao and sugar cane crops in Ecuador; food shortages possible. President offers to refinance farmers' debts and send seed, fertilizer to help them replant. United States, Argentina, Japan, Spain and Venezuela have sent aid; more is expected to arrive from Chile, Israel, Korea and Peru.

The Associated Press; International Herald Tribune 2008-02-24

GMO whoa?

European Commission announces mandatory testing for genetically modified experimental rice after finding it in products from China. With U.S. finding rogue genes in the wrong food chains and paying the price from GM-wary nations, discomfort grows over China's burgeoning industry. But the country must feed many people with ever-dwindling farmland.

By Krista Mahr

Time magazine 2008-02-18

Feeding peace

Feeding Afghanistan's poor would tamp civic unrest and support of insurgents and of Taliban, expert says. Afghan policemen are paid $70 per month, the Taliban pays its fighters at least $200 per month; nearly half the nation's 25 million live below poverty line and price of wheat flour has surged between 58 percent and 80 percent in the last year.

By Murray Oliver and news staff

CTV (Canada) 2008-01-26

Plea for help

Afghani official predicts serious food shortages, possibly famine, and appeals for international aid in buying wheat. Shortfall was created by skyrocketing grain prices, lack of storage and shipment disruptions created by turmoil in Pakistan.

By Nicholas Comfort

Bloomberg 2008-01-04

Bountiful harvest

With fertilizer subsidies, Malawi's new president oversees evolution from hunger and dependence on emergency food aid to surplus, with lower food prices and better wages for workers. Success illustrates role of agriculture in reducing poverty in Africa and the importance of investing in seeds, education and other support systems.

By Celia W. Dugger

The New York Times 2007-12-02

After the storm

As pledges of international aid roll in - $450 million at last count - the first of two U.S. warships, loaded with food, drinking water, medical supplies and 20 delivery helicopters, reaches cyclone-ravaged Bangladesh.

By Farid Hossain

The Associated Press 2007-11-23

The price is right

The price is right

Begin with U.S. companies, choosing to pay $7 for a 30-pound box of ginger from China, or $35 for Brazilian version, and expecting suppliers to guarantee hazard-free products. Add China's myriad small farms, lack of oversight and layers of middlemen, and result can be foods of uncertain quality.

by Nicholas Zamiska and David Kesmodel

The Wall Street Journal 2007-11-19

UK bird flu

As Prime Minister orders review of UK food security and role of farming in climate change, avian flu outbreak slams poultry industry in countryside and is likely to send food prices soaring even higher as holidays approach.

By Valerie Elliott and Gary Duncan

The Times (UK) 2007-11-14

Hunger fatality

Hunger fatality

Six-year-old child killed and 11 people wounded as villagers' demand for food turns into rock-throwing and police open fire in response. The refugees had been driven from their homes three weeks ago by fighting between government forces and rebels in Congo.

Reuters 2007-11-05

Farming infrastructure

Soaring food prices blamed on both biofuels craze and oil prices hit Africa hard, but focused effort on promoting farming, which provides both sustenance and income in rural areas, could help poor participate in the global economy.

By Alistair Thomson

Reuters 2007-11-02

Reforming food

China approves, in principle, new food safety law designed to standardize production, processing, sale and supervision; law also requires better release of information about food safety, higher fines and punishments and public's right to sue.

By Ben Blanchard

Reuters 2007-10-31

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Safe passage?

UN pleads for terror-free delivery of emergency food to millions of hungry Afghan refugees; humanitarian group counts 30 attacks on food convoys this year, up from five last year, and food losses of a ton.

The Associated Press; International Herald-Tribune 2007-10-29

Hunger and HIV

Inadequate food supply pushes some African women to engage in high-risk sex, a university study found. When struggling to feed their households, women in Botswana and Swaziland were more likely to sell sex, suggesting that promoting access to food may reduce AIDS.

By Josh Eveleth

Public Library of Science 2007-10-22

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Price panic

Food prices, already protested in Niger, Guinea, Yemen and Mexico, could trigger riots, warns Jacques Diouf, UN food chief; food costs require the bulk of poor citizens' incomes, with more than 2 billion living on $2 a day and vulnerable to price hikes in cereals, vegetable oils and dairy.

By David Brough

Reuters 2007-10-24

Less hungry

In paradigm shift from corn/soy mix that requires water, anti-hunger groups find success in feeding malnourished and starving children with sweet-tasting paste made from peanuts, peanut oil, powdered milk and powdered sugar, and fortified with vitamins and minerals.

By Debra J. Saunders

San Francisco Chronicle 2007-10-25

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Information, please

As concerns mount about safety of Canada's food supply, its federal government creates a citizen-oriented website that will provide details about current recalls and about companies with problems:

By Carly Weeks

CanWest News Service 2007-10-25

Biotech future

Despite strong community opposition, European Union OKs imports of genetically modified corn and sugar beet for human and animal food; varieties were developed by subsidiary of DuPont, a unit of Dow Chemical, Monsanto and a German plant breeding company, KWS SAAT and taps into the $6 billion biotech crop market.

Bloomberg News; Reuters; International Herald Tribune 2007-10-24

Costly changes

Biofuels hunger plus growing middle class in Asia and Latin America drive worldwide demand for corn, wheat and other staples, causing tenacious hikes in grocery bills; grain stockpiles down to 30-year low and humanitarian groups worry about feeding world's poor.

By Scott Killman

Wall Street Journal 2007-09-28

Price bite:

As China creates and begins to enforce stricter standards for food safety to restore confidence in the Made-in-China label, exports to U.S. fall, domestic growers cheer and American consumers see prices head upward.

By Don Lee

Los Angeles Times 2007-09-24

Opinion: Gorilla warfare

Though armed and hungry guerrillas with a taste for wild meat often spell doom for mountain gorillas, it's Africa's demand for charcoal - cooking fuel -- that truly is endangering them, leveling forests and spoiling water for drinking and habitats, paleontologist says.

By Richard Leakey

BBC News 2007-09-10

A perfect storm?

As farmers eagerly switch from food crops to those for biofuels, ecological and social factors led by high food prices, meat-rich diets, dropping water supplies, climate change and the growing population threaten vast numbers of people with food and water shortages.

By John Vidal

The Guardian (UK) 2007-08-29

Water problem:

Cholera epidemic, possibly from a sewage-poisoned well, hits northern Iraq, with nearly 4,000 cases suspected; Sulaimaniya juice bars shut down and restaurants told to stop serving vegetables that may have been washed in polluted water.

By Sherko Raouf

Reuters; Scientific American 2007-08-29

Modified sugar:

Genetically modified sugar beet seed designed to resist Monsanto herbicide is gaining popularity among growers and processors, including American Crystal Sugar Co.; Wyoming Sugar Co., and Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative; farmers must pay $60 premium per acre, and GMO sugar won't carry special label.

Associated Press; CNN 2007-08-22

Immigration fears:

Growers, now hiring thousands of seasonal workers for peak harvest months, cry foul over crackdown on illegal immigrants, declaring it's an effort of government to look good at the expense of the people with the hardest and lowest paid jobs.

By Juliana Barbassa

Associated Press; 2007-08-16

Orphan organics?

Though customers spend more than $14 billion a year on organics and depend on USDA label even for imports, USDA infrastructure, with nine staffers and a $1.5 million budget, languishes; other departments spend about $28 million a year on organic research, data collection and farmer assistance, but the department spent $37 million subsidizing farmers who grew dry peas, an $83 million crop, in 2005.

By Andrew Martin

The New York Times (may require subscription) 0000-00-00

Mangosteen madness

After years-long import ban for fear of exotic pests, first commercial crop of luscious purple-red tropical fruit has reached New York and is being snapped up at $12 to $15 per piece; more shipments expected from Thailand, Puerto Rico.

By Andrea Hu

National Public Radio 2007-05-07

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Opinion: Vietnam

Vietnamese-American watches his former country's leader and listens to the demonstrators chanting for democracy, but to him, the first problem is the hunger of the begging children, and the desperate circumstances that cause a parent to abandon a child.

By Tam Pham

Asia Times 2007-08-16

No, thank you

CARE turns down $45 million in food aid from U.S., citing practice of selling tons of often heavily subsidized American farm products in African countries that compete with the crops of local farmers; other charities disagree.

By Celia W. Dugger

The New York Times (may require subscription)

Opinion: Hungry children, fed:

Government's subsidies to the very rich need to be addressed, but Congress should follow lead of the House in tending to nutrition needs of very poor around the world via the Food for Education program in the farm/food bill.

The editors

The Daily News Tribune (MA) 2007-08-28

Fish in decline:

Overfishing, poaching and pollution have depleted worldwide fish stocks to 10 percent of normal; for every pound of shrimp harvested, 10 pounds are discarded, along with turtles and dolphins, conservationists report.

By Eviana Hartman

Washington Post

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Wal-Mart's adventure:

When discount superstore partnership enters India through wholesale stores, obstacles will include supply chain made up of mostly small shopkeepers, long chains of middlemen, each of whom takes a cut, and up to 60 percent waste during food transport.

Wall Street Journal (may require subscription)


"The Zen of Fish," and "The Sushi Economy," offer lessons in how global economy works, dangers of over-fishing and how it thrives on demand, and why trout might not be the best choice for eating raw (think tapeworms).

By Stuart Biggs 2007-08-08

China syndrome

For mom-and-pop enterprises, food safety isn't important when the question is how to feed the family, so hidden and unregulated businesses spring up at home, behind closed doors - and they thrive.

By Audra Ang

Associated Press

Supplement setback:

Cargill's attempt to add Regenasure, a vegetarian version of shellfish-derived glucosamine, to European list of food products for addition in mostly beverages and fermented milk products, hits snag with questions of safety for diabetics.

By Alex McNally

Cheese by name?

Following South America and Asia, Germany calls a cheese by the name of a town in Italy famous for its cheese, causing purists to shudder and the Euro-court to contemplate - is Parmigiano Reggiano only from Italy, or is it just a style of crystal-grained, crumbly and tart-sweet cheese that adorns many pasta dishes?