“Golden bananas”—fruit that has been genetically modified to be packed full of vitamin A—may help solve the global problem of vitamin A deficiency, which leads to the deaths of as many as 700,000 children every year.A decade-long, $10 million project allowed scientists at…

Vast industrial sheds are replacing green fields throughout the world as US-style intensive livestock farming gains popularity and makes food cheaper. Such farms account for 72% of poultry, 42% of egg, and 55% of pork production and have helped increase the global number of…

The world’s poorest suffer disproportionately from cardiovascular diseases (CVD), and there are few easy or cheap solutions—but a simple change in cooking oil could make a big difference. 3 out of 4 CVD deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, where the poor bear…

The drought in Kenya that has left 2.6 million people in need of food has had another horrific effect: girls are being sent to cities by desperate families to make money as prostitutes.

By tackling factory farming, the WHO could fight all 3 of the “slow-motion disasters” outlined by outgoing WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, MD at last year’s World Health Assembly (WHA): climate change, antibiotic resistance and noncommunicable diseases threatening…

Heavy meat consumption not only may cause health complications; it also takes an unhealthy toll on the planet.At the Eat Food Forum, the Eat Foundation’s annual gathering in Sweden, Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Center, warned that the…

They might seem like the ultimate in kid-friendly food. But the size, shape, and consistency of a piece of hot dog makes it the perfect plug for a toddler’s throat—earning the famed American 4th of July staple a spot on the list of 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health.

However true it may be that “you are what you eat,” the University of Sydney’s Chin Jou contends in a new book that poor and working class Americans may not have had much choice.  

Tilapia lake virus is affecting huge populations of both open water and farmed fish in Colombia, Ecuador, Egpyt and Israel. And in Thailand, 90% of farmed stock were decimated.While TiLV is not transferrable to humans, tilapia is a prevalent source of protein for rural…

With its texture, shape, and additives, many people eye American Cheese—an iconic symbol of processed foods—with suspicion. But its role in food processing earned it a slot as one of our more eyebrow-raising 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health.