Overfishing is a global problem, and China is responsible for a large chunk of it. Population growth and increasing wealth among the Chinese have pushed the country’s government-subsidized fishermen to extend their reach, depleting supplies near the shores of other nations…

Plant proteins called lectins—which are dangerous to eat raw—are making us sick, says a new book called “The Plant Paradox.”   Author Steven Gundry warns against lectins lurking in grains, legumes, nuts, and a variety of fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes, he claims, “incite a…

Failure to meet requirements mandating the iodization of salt products in Cambodia has led to the reemergence of iodine deficiency as a public health problem. Now, the government is taking steps to develop new certification and testing policies.

Vending machines that impose a delay on dispensing junk food could push people to make better choices, according to Brad Appelhan, an associate professor at Rush University Medical Center.   Appelhan found that customers forced to wait 25 seconds for an unhealthy snack…

The unhealthy obsession with giant cups of soda can be traced to 7-Eleven’s trademarked Big Gulp, introduced in the mid-1980s.

Amidst vast food shortages, Venezuelans are mistakenly eating and dying from a poisonous variety of yucca. In the last 6 months, 28 people have died after eating the bitter, rather than sweet, version of the inexpensive, starchy root. Yucca has become popular during a time…

In what international aid officials are calling one of the biggest humanitarian disasters since World War II, famines are unfolding in 4 countries—Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen—putting 20 million lives at stake. The simultaneous crises—driven by drought and armed…

When the National Confectioners Association met at a Trump resort near Miami this week, US candy makers became the first known interest group holding events at one of the US president’s properties during his administration.   The group booked the Florida venue—as well as…

More than 1/2 of people in all but 3 Latin American and Caribbean nations are overweight, according to a recent report by PAHO and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.  

Against the backdrop of the UN’s declaration last week that a famine is growing in South Sudan, NPR’s Goats & Soda blog asks: Who declares a famine? And what does that mean?