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'

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 …

Public Health


Scientific Research

One in five global deaths linked to diet - study

Fewer children are dying before their fifth birthday and although humans are living longer than ever before, one in five deaths last year were linked …

Public Health

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

About 159 million under-fives suffer impaired growth and brain development, but now a study is challenging the view that nothing can be done to help them<p>Stunting, an awkward term perhaps better suited to a bygone age, describes impaired growth and development from conception to the age of two. The …



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

Simultaneous harvest failures in key regions would bring global famine, says the Met Office<p>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 …

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 …

Contaminated eggs scare grows as UK supermarkets pull products

Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose and Asda withdraw items as FSA says 700,000 contaminated eggs have reached Britain<p>Four supermarkets have withdrawn products from their shelves as it emerged that 700,000 eggs from Dutch farms implicated in a contamination scare had been distributed to Britain.<p>The …


Why do people still go hungry? | Guardian Animations


The 4 man-made famines threatening 20 million people


Global diarrhoea deaths down by a third

<b>The number of children dying worldwide of diarrhoea fell by a third between 2005 and 2015, researchers have found.</b><p>The study says better access to clean water and sanitation is key, with fewer weak and malnourished children becoming infected.<p>New vaccines have also had a positive impact.<p>However, …

Why Greek mountain villagers have healthy hearts

<b>Scientists have pinpointed one reason why people living in isolated villages in Greece may enjoy long and healthy lives.</b><p>They found a new genetic variant, common among villagers, which appears to protect the heart by lowering levels of "bad" fats and cholesterol.<p>Despite a diet rich in animal fat, …

Drinking more coffee 'could help avert liver cancer'

Increasing coffee consumption may help to stave off liver cancer, according to a new study.<p>Experts from the University of Southampton and the …

Political will is needed to tackle obesity in the UK

Letter from 20 members of the Obesity Health Alliance including John Maingay of the British Heart Foundation and Prof Parveen Kumar of the British Medical Association<p>The forthcoming general election will not be won or lost solely on the “Brexit battleground”. As campaigning begins in earnest, …


Backlash after report claims saturated fats do not increase heart risk

Relying on low fat foods to avoid heart disease is misguided, say cardiologists, but critics say comments ignore evidence<p>Saturated fat does not increase the risk of a heart attack by clogging up arteries, three cardiologists have said in a challenge to medical thinking, sparking a furious …


Ted 2017: The woman who wants China to eat insects

<b>A Chinese entrepreneur is promoting edible insects and online farmers' markets in a campaign to improve eating habits in the country.</b><p>Matilda Ho spoke at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference about the need to spread the message about healthy eating.<p>She is backing a range of …

Queen Elizabeth Hospital to host free ‘Look after your Heart’ event in attempt to fight Coronary Heart Disease

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is hosting a Look after your Heart  the facts about Coronary Heart Disease workshop on May 18.<p>Archant<p>Staff at the …

Coronary Heart Disease

Amsterdam's solution to the obesity crisis: no fruit juice and enough sleep

The city is successfully fighting fat by promoting tap water in its schools, along with healthy cooking classes and a ban on fast food sponsorship<p>The city of Amsterdam is leading the world in ending the obesity epidemic, thanks to a radical and wide-reaching programme which is getting results even …


Stress really is killing us

<b>(CNN) —</b> There are new clues that the high levels of stress many people endure every day are taking a deadly toll.<p>White, working-class Americans are dying in middle age at a rapidly increasing pace, reversing a long-standing trend toward greater life expectancy across all races and social classes, …

Public Health

Illustrated experiment: modifying mosquitoes to save millions of lives

Malaria, a disease transmitted by a type of mosquito called Anopheles, kills 500,000 people every year, most of them in Africa. But Andrea Crisanti, …


Italy’s Struggling Economy Has World’s Healthiest People

When it comes to living a long life, Italy is the place to be.<p>The high-heeled boot surrounded by five seas is ranked the healthiest country on Earth …


Tsimané of the Bolivian Amazon have world's healthiest hearts, says study

Heart attacks and strokes are almost unknown amongst the Tsimané thanks to a high carbohydrate, low protein diet and active lifestyle, say researchers<p>A high carbohydrate diet of rice, plantain, manioc and corn, with a small amount of wild game and fish – plus around six hours’ exercise every day – …


Boris Johnson: Moving fast to tackle famine threat

Foreign secretary addresses drought with Somali president, vowing to tackle 'underlying problems' threatening famine.<p>British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has made a surprise visit to Somalia as a worsening drought threatens millions of people with starvation in the Horn of Africa nation.<p>Johnson …


Study to look at impacts of diversified crop rotation

Wang is one of two main investigators on the project. She is joined by Sandeep Kumar, Assistant Professor in the SDSU Plant Science Department.<p>The …

Food at COP21: three new initiatives spotlight food insecurity, soils, waste

Food was high on the agenda at the Paris climate talks this week—here are some of the highlights<p>It’s become a catch-22 of our times: the global food system is both a villain and a victim of climate change. Agriculture accounts for almost a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions, and yet floods, …


Applying a rotational grazing system to conservation pastures

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and Rapid City, Manitoba area cattle producer Gerald Bos are working collaboratively on a project that’s a win-win …

Biodynamic farming is on the rise – but how effective is this alternative agricultural practice?

National retailers like Whole Foods are stocking more biodynamic brands, but horticultural critics continue to question biodynamic’s unconventional methods<p>When John Chester, a filmmaker from California, quit his job to become a farmer, he didn’t do it out of a desire to “feed the world”. Instead, …