Food and Health for IB DP Geography

By Richard Allaway | For all IB DP Geography students and educators! #ibgeog 11 - 'The Geography of Food and Health' + #ibgeog19 - 'Food and Health'

Feeding the British after Brexit

The latest report from the House of Lords EU committee is of interest to all involved in Ireland's Agri-food industry, including the logistics …

Agriculture

Sugar Sweetened Drinks Tax comes into effect

It has been talked about for years and now the sugar tax is finally here.<p>Water and juice-based drinks containing more than five grammes of sugar per …

Diabetes

Wheat in heat: the 'crazy idea' that could combat food insecurity

In the northern Senegalese village of Ndiayene Pendao, close to the border with Mauritania, Fatouma Sow is pulling weeds. Her team of female farmers tread carefully among the tall, ripening plants as they prepare to harvest the country’s first ever crop of durum wheat.<p>They had grown onions and …

Agriculture

Sugar tax will be introduced on April 6

A new sugar tax is to be introduced on April 6 this year to coincide with the introduction of a similar tax that will be introduced in the UK on the …

Food insecurity: a third of poorest households skip meals, survey finds

A third of the UK’s poorest households are skipping meals because they cannot afford to put food on the table, according to a survey that highlights the extent to which austerity and rising food prices are driving “hidden hunger”.<p>Groups worst hit by benefit cuts and freezes, such as unemployed …

Income Inequality

'Price of conflict is too high': hunger at crisis levels in eight countries

The number of hungry people living in conflict zones is rising, with eight countries recording crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity in at least a quarter of their people, food agencies warned the UN security council on Monday.<p>In Yemen, 17 million people, or 60% of the population, are …

Africa

Swiss dietary changes that could halve environmental damage and improve health

A new study in Switzerland shows the impact dietary choices have on the environment. Compared to current eating habits, three different diets all …

Nutrition

The true cost of a plate of food: $1 in New York, $320 in South Sudan

The world’s poorest pay more than a day’s wages for a single plate of food, according to a report from the World Food Programme, which reveals that the same bean stew can cost the average consumer in New York just $1.20, while the price tag is more than $320 in South Sudan.<p>The research, released to …

South Sudan

'A danger to future generations': $640m pledged as third of world malnourished

Donors have pledged an extra $640m (£490m) to reduce the serious burden of malnutrition, which affects one in three people in the world.<p>The crisis “endangers the physical and mental wellbeing of present and future generations”, warned Kofi Annan, speaking in advance of the global nutrition summit …

Africa

‘My baby went to sleep and didn't wake up’: young lives lost to Ghana's silent killer

There is no war or famine in Ghana, and the economy is growing, yet malnutrition remains a silent killer that accounts for one-third of all child deaths in the country.<p>Although mortality rates are slowly starting to come down across the west African country, Ghana is struggling with high levels of …

Africa

Invasion of maize-eating caterpillars worsens hunger crisis in Africa

The crops that 200 million people rely on in Africa are under threat from a caterpillar that is spreading throughout the continent, agriculture experts have warned.<p>Urgent action needs to be taken to stop the fall armyworm’s destructive march across the continent.<p>Three winners of the World Food …

Caterpillars

Typhoid vaccine set to have 'huge impact'

<b>A new vaccine that could prevent up to nine-in-10 cases of typhoid fever has been recommended by the World Health Organization.</b><p>Experts say it could have a "huge impact" on the 22 million cases, and 220,000 deaths, from typhoid each year.<p>Crucially it works in children, who are at high-risk of the …

Access to healthy food still a struggle, says Canada's health minister

Canada’s health minister says many Canadians still struggle to access healthy food, a problem which is contributing to a health crisis.<p>“The reality …

Nutrition

Child and teen obesity up tenfold since 1975 - WHO

The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has jumped tenfold in the past 40 years and the rise is accelerating in low - and …

Child and teen obesity spreading across the globe

<b>Child and teenage obesity levels have risen ten-fold in the last four decades, meaning 124m boys and girls around the globe are too fat, according to new research.</b><p>The analysis in the Lancet is the largest of its kind and looks at obesity trends in over 200 countries.<p>In the UK, one in every 10 young …

Sugar tax for soft drinks to be introduced from April

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has announced measures for a new sugar tax in his Budget speech.<p>Tax of 30 cent per litre on drinks with over …

Global cost of obesity-related illness to hit $1.2tn a year from 2025

The cost of treating ill health caused by obesity around the world will top $1.2tn every year from 2025 unless more is done to check the rapidly worsening epidemic, according to new expert estimates.<p>Obesity and smoking are the two main drivers behind the soaring numbers of cancers, heart attacks, …

Diabetes

Will Africa’s Great Green Wall discourage migration to Europe?

The first thing you notice about the garden is how out of place it looks in this dusty, hazy landscape, where herds of cows kick up sandstorms and goats nibble at sparse weeds below scraggly trees. The garden is a swatch of vibrant colour: green tufts growing lettuce, aubergine, watermelon and …

Africa

Supermarkets are creating an obesity crisis in African countries, experts warn

Changing dietary habits are creating an obesity crisis in African countries as middle-class people buy their food from supermarkets rather than eating food they grow, a group of international food security experts has warned.<p>A report by the Malabo Montpellier Panel, a group of agriculture and food …

Africa

Obesity Was Rising as Ghana Embraced Fast Food. Then Came KFC.

ACCRA, Ghana — After finishing high school a decade ago, Daniel Awaitey enrolled in computer courses, dropped out to work in a hotel, then settled into a well-paying job in the booming oil sector here.<p>He has an apartment, a car, a smartphone and a long-distance girlfriend he met on a dating …

Africa

Alarm as 'super malaria' spreads in South East Asia

<b>The rapid spread of "super malaria" in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning.</b><p>This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs.<p>It emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in …

BIGGEST THREAT WE FACE? IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK

One in five global deaths linked to diet - study

One in five deaths last year were linked to poor diet, according to new research published in The Lancet.<p>More than 1.6 million people in poor …

Surviving without thriving – but all is not lost for the world's 'stunted' children

Stunting, an awkward term perhaps better suited to a bygone age, describes impaired growth and development from conception to the age of two. The word may seem dated, but the threat posed by undernutrition over the first 1,000 days of life, a problem not only for individual wellbeing but also for …

Geography

SEEDS OF AN IDEA: SAVING OUR CROPS

Maize, rice, wheat: alarm at rising climate risk to vital crops

Governments may be seriously underestimating the risks of crop disasters occurring in major farming regions around the world, a study by British researchers has found.<p>The newly published research, by Met Office scientists, used advanced climate modelling to show that extreme weather events could …

Climate Change

New fat findings show diet guidelines need overhaul

We have to stop clinging to a one-size-fits-all approach to dietary guidelines if we are to prevent obesity and cancer.

Let’s unpackage a few myths about recycling

Where should you dump clingfilm? How can we stop wasting so much food? And why can’t wrappers just say, Please put this in the green bin?.

Behind the Hype of 'Lab-Grown' Meat

Some folks have big plans for your future. They want you—a burger-eatin’, chicken-finger-dippin’ American—to buy their burgers and nuggets grown from …