Fish used to be Yemen’s second biggest export, behind oil. But since 2015, ongoing conflict has crushed the industry with a $6.9 billion loss.   Violence spills into coastal areas and airstrikes hit boats and markets; mines were set in the sea. Fishing tools and fuel are…

In August 2015, an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella in Washington state sickened nearly 200 people and hospitalized 29. Officials traced the illnesses from restaurants and pig roasts back to a slaughterhouse.   But the next step—collecting samples from farms that…

UNICEF and the World Food Programme provide food and nutrition aid to North Korean children—but a lack of funds, fueled by political tension and the US-led strategy of pressure and isolation of North Korea, have limited their reach. The country’s most vulnerable children…

The World Food Programme and Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they’re close to a deal to lift the UN’s partial suspension of humanitarian aid, Reuters reported Saturday.   The June 20 restrictions flowed from the WFP’s concerns that humanitarian aid was being diverted from…

China’s push to lead the world in genome editing is partially about need: Feeding 1.4 billion people is easier with drought resistant CRISPR-engineered crops that yield more food.   While investing billions in biotech, China hasn’t yet spelled out commercial regulation and…

Ultraprocessed foods may trigger overeating, according to a new study in Cell Metabolism. Participants ate more and gained more weight eating a diet of industrially processed foods—like hot dogs—compared to minimally processed foods like grilled chicken. 

Coca-Cola had the power to bury research it funded under an agreement with public universities in the US and Canada, according to a University of Cambridge study published in the Journal of Public Health Policy. The findings give credence to concerns the food industry is…

Contrary to popular belief, the global rise in obesity is rooted more in rural areas than in fast-growing cities, according to a massive research effort spanning 200 countries published yesterday in Nature.

Traditional Egyptian eating practices focus on seasonal ingredients, communal eating and avoiding waste—but a new set of habits is taking over, contributing to the scourge of stunting in the country. In this arid region rising food costs send Egyptians searching for cheaper…

A surge of alcohol poisonings in Iran reveal that the county’s criminalization of alcohol for Muslim citizens— about 99% of the population—is insufficient.   Overall, alcohol consumption in Iran is lower than in non-Muslim majority countries, but bootleg alcohol is common.…