Fresh eggs can come at a price. Salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard chickens are on the rise in the US, in part because many flock owners treat the birds like pets and allow them in the house.  

Over 20 million civilians in conflict-ridden South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen are at risk of starving to death—all crises that could have been prevented, writes journalist Jane Ferguson. Unless the international community steps up, she says, the world could face 4…

Because of inefficiencies in food-safety testing in the US, food may already be in supermarkets, restaurants or other facilities that sell or serve food before bacteria testing is complete. Speeding up the process could help to reduce foodborne illnesses, which sicken 48…

Drought and a violent civil war have pushed more than 100,000 South Sudanese to the point of famine, and another 1 million face starvation. Aid workers accuse the government and opposition of weaponizing hunger.   In a special report for the Lancet, Sharmila Devi reports on…

The food Americans waste each year could feed 84% of the US population, according to a new article in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.   

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.