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How countries rank on food waste, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture

By highlighting performance of different countries and identifying best practices, a new index establishes a benchmark for global leaders to measure …

How Cubans Live as Long as Americans at a Tenth of the Cost

Lessons of physical prosperity in a despotic regime<p>On public-access TV in 1985, Bernie Sanders defended an element of Fidel Castro’s regime: It was rarely mentioned that Castro provided health care to his country. Sanders grumbled that the same could not be said of then-President Reagan.<p>The comment …

Health Care

University tries out ban on sweetened beverages

<b>(CNN) —</b> On average, Americans consume more than 40 gallons of sugary drinks each year. In an effort to change what is apparently an everyday behavior for many people, public health researchers at the University of California, San Francisco took a bold step. They persuaded every vendor on campus to …

Will Target's In-Store Farms Be Sustainable?

Target is looking to shorten the distance from farm to plate with a planned test of vertical farms, an agricultural technique that involves growing plants and vegetables indoors in climatized conditions.<p>The initiative, to take place within select U.S. stores, is part of ongoing research and …

Forget Tomayto/Tomahto: The Real Debate Is, Should It Be Refrigerated?

Last summer, I went on <i>Morning Edition</i> to talk about the quest for a great-tasting tomato. And at the very end of the conversation, I confidently declared that no one should ever put tomatoes in the refrigerator. It kills the taste, I said. That's what I'd heard from scientists and tomato growers …

World health officials want super-size tax on soda and sugary drinks, but are countries ready to swallow that?

The World Health Organization is backing a controversial remedy to reverse the global rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes — a 20% to 50% soda tax.<p>The recommended tax should not be limited to soda, the WHO said Tuesday. It should apply to all sugar-sweetened beverages, a category that includes …

These Countries Have the World's Highest Levels of Hunger

Dozens of countries have “serious” or “alarming” levels of hunger, according to a new report, even as malnutrition is declining around the …

Across The Globe, Our Diets Are Making Us Sicker, Report Finds

Diet and nutrition are now the biggest risk factors for people's health across the globe, even in poorer countries. That's according to a recent report published by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems Nutrition, an independent group of experts on nutrition and health.<p>"If you look at …

Diets

Cyclists don’t follow the rules of the road? Maybe it’s time to change those rules

Like many bicycle commuters across America, Kurt Holzer looks at a stop sign and sees a suggestion rather than a command. If the intersection is clear and it's safe to do so, he rolls right through, sometimes barely slowing down. This makes his commute just a little easier — because coming to a …

Chicago awarded $1M USDA urban farming grant

Chicago will receive a $1 million federal grant to boost and coordinate urban farming in the city, particularly on land near the long-awaited Englewood Line rail trail, city and federal officials announced Thursday.<p>Chicago's new "Growing for Chicago" initiative is one of 45 projects to be awarded a …

Federal Dollars for Urban Farms

A new agriculture bill could help city growers expand their operations.<p>Urban farming has deep roots in Detroit, as I reported in a three-part series last month. Some 1,400 farms are scattered across the city’s 139 square miles. Many farmers are concerned that their land will be razed and …

Dining In: Homemade Chili Gains Ground on Chili’s

Sales at some of the country’s biggest restaurant chains — McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Buffalo Wild Wings, to name a few — are slumping.<p>The culprit? People like John Reynolds, if you listen to restaurant executives.<p>A salesman for a convenience store distributor, Mr. Reynolds used to spend several …

The Visual History of Global Health

Now let's look at child mortality.<p>Child mortality is the number of newborn babies that <b><br>die before reaching the age of five</b> - per 1,000 live births.<p>As …

How Restricting Food Stamp Choices Can Fight Obesity

Often, when people discuss the obesity crisis in the United States, and another failed effort to help people change their eating habits, it’s as if there’s nothing we can do.<p>But sometimes it’s actually more that there’s nothing we will do. There’s a difference.<p>The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance …

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The world’s population is expected to soar by an additional 2.5 billion people by 2050, bringing a host of global challenges – including how to feed so many hungry mouths.<p>If projections hold, the global demand for animal protein will double over the next four decades, rising along with pressure to …

University of California

A newly discovered cache of industry documents revealed that the sugar industry began working closely with nutrition scientists in the mid-1960s to single out fat and cholesterol as the dietary causes of coronary heart disease and to downplay evidence that sucrose consumption was also a risk factor.<p>…

The Case For Public Health, In 18 Charts

The U.S. has substantially worse health outcomes than all its peer nations. In a list of non-communicable disease mortality in 17 high-resource countries, the U.S. has the second-highest death rate at 418 deaths per 100,000 people (Figure 1).<p><b>Figure 1. Mortality from noncommunicable diseases in 17</b> …

Public Health

Elon Musk Revolutionized Cars. His Brother Wants To Do The Same For Food.

Kimbal Musk's growing farm-to-table restaurant empire is expanding into urban farming.<p>NEW YORK ― Last month, Elon Musk laid out his “master plan” to transform Tesla into a clean energy giant. In a 1,483-word blog post, he outlined plans to meld his automobile company with SolarCity, the country’s …

Helmets prevent severe head injuries in bike accidents

(Reuters Health) - Despite some criticism of bike helmets for not being protective enough, they do cut the risk of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) by half when riders suffer a head injury, a U.S. study suggests.<p>A bicyclist rides through a snowy street during the morning rush hour in New York …

The Hidden Costs Of Food

Americans consume an average of three burgers and more than three liters of soda a week. Many of us realize this isn't healthy, but it certainly is cheap. Or is it? How much do we really pay for food, when you consider the health, societal and environmental problems caused by producing and eating …

AmpleHarvest.org Connects Gardeners with Those in Need

If you’re like many gardeners, you may find yourself swimming in excess tomatoes, squashes, peppers, green beans and other garden-grown goodness …

A Conversation with Dr. Janet Poppendieck

<i>“I am concerned that there is intention among elements in Congress to cut SNAP….</i><i>Something I think many people have forgotten: JFK’s first executive</i> …

Leftover Meal Plan Swipes: No Waste Here

To Asia Suarez, a computer science major, the math hit like an error message: With less than three weeks left in the spring term, she would need to eat seven meals a day to use up the remaining 131 swipes on her food plan at New York University. A soccer player who works out furiously and eats “a …

Italy passes law to encourage all supermarkets to give unsold food to needy

The Italian government has overwhelmingly backed a new set of laws aimed at cutting down the vast amounts of food wasted in the country each year.<p>A …

These 4 States Are Doing Something Truly Revolutionary With Food

Ready, set, compost.<p>The mind-boggling amount of food Americans throw away is the kind of problem that seems ripe for nationwide reform. But while federal legislation lingers in Congress, some states have found promising ways to keep edible items out of the trash.<p>As much as 40 percent of the food …

Food Waste

This App Is Ending Hunger and Food Waste in Austin

In Austin, Texas, a new app by the nonprofit Unsung is looking to eliminate food waste by feeding the hungry.<p>Basically, restaurants, caterers, and …

“Camping With Cats” Instagram Will Inspire You To Go Hiking With Your Cat

We wrote about camping with dogs before, but what about cats? Surprisingly, you can do that too! Ryan Carter, the creator of @campingwithdogs, is now …

Scientists find Luca, a single-cell, bacterium-like organism that is the common ancestor of all life on Earth

Scientists might have found the common ancestor that unites all life on Earth – and it’s called Luca.<p>Our ultimate relative was a single-cell, …

Report: As Cities Add Bike Lanes, More People Bike and Biking Gets Safer

Cities adding bike infrastructure are seeing a “safety in numbers” — more people on bikes plus lower risk of severe or fatal injury. Graphs: NACTOThe …