A new threat to global food security looms as the armyworm crop pest that ate its way across Africa has been discovered in southern India.   Indian agricultural researchers found the worm in 70% of maize fields they investigated in Chikkaballapur, Karnataka state.   The…

Styrofoam, takeout containers, and plastic straws—5,000 in just one half-kilometer stretch—clutter Mumbai’s Versova Beach. But Maharashtra state’s ban on plastics could help change that, NPR’s Goats and Soda reported.  

Thailand’s billion dollar fishing industry is rife with human rights violators who maintain horrific on-board conditions, withhold wages, and engage in human trafficking of foreign workers who may not know their rights. After threats of sanctions from the EU and the US…

As the planet warms, economic, technological, and political obstacles hinder our chances of reducing the carbon released into the atmosphere—but impressive efforts are underway to catch emissions before they get there, writes Laura H. Kahn.

It’s projected that in some European countries, over 1 in 3 adults will be obese by 2025—and the risk factors begin mounting before birth.

GENEVA – Is there anything less appetizing than “industrial trans fats”? Likely not, but partially hydrogenated oils have been in the food supply since the early 20th century. Manufacturers use them because they extend shelf life and improve the texture of foods. The…

Linking food rations in India to Aadhaar, a massive biometric identification database, has led to a wave of deaths from hunger, welfare activists charge.

Vitamin A deficiency affects almost half of under-5s in south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, but distribution has reached a 6-year low, UNICEF has reported.

The sky-high anemia rates revealed by Sierra Leone’s 2013 national survey came as little surprise, but they did reveal that tackling iron deficiency was the wrong battle, writes Andrew Green. Only around 4% of anemia cases in children were caused by iron deficiency, and…

Treating women farmers of child-bearing age for hookworm in the Democratic Republic of Congo may significantly ease hardship, says a new study.