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?  

Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are all facing famine—and the frustration for aid workers is that famine is an entirely preventable disaster in this day and age, if only enough donors cared.   It’s a slow-moving disaster, and in technical terms signals the final…

Citing “precious access,” Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF) is taking advantage of face time with Nigerian refugees to distribute food alongside medical care. 2.6 million Nigerians have been displaced across the nation and to neighboring countries since 2009 because of the…

Malnutrition, thirst, and hunger are severe problems in Colombia’s La Guajira province. Between 2009 and 2013, malnutrition killed 278 children, according to Colombia's national statistics agency, a shocking 99% of them from the country's largest indigenous tribe, the Wayuu…

The practice of giving prelacteal and early newborn ritual foods, common to populations across much of South Asia, parts of North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, is not benign, and has serious implications for the immediate initiation of breastfeeding, concludes a…

In a world of raging heart disease, obesity and diabetes, many scientists continue to point the finger at sugar. However, proving a single foodstuff is to blame for these chronic diseases is remarkably difficult; scientists have had to base their conclusions on long-term…