For children in the Bokoro region of Chad, malnutrition is endemic. Among the factors that contribute to the problem: extreme climate, cultural superstitions about breastfeeding, an under-resourced health care system, low literacy rates and lack of health education.

Ellen Silbergeld teases apart the thorny issues of modern food production in her latest book, “Chickenizing Farms and Food.” A professor of environmental health science at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Silbergeld’s investigatory work tackles…

Public appetite for all things organic has taken hold of the US food and drink industry to the tune of $43.3 billion in sales last year alone. Gatorade, a PepsiCo darling, has hopped on the bandwagon, announcing plans to roll out G Organic, a new product made with…

A half century of nutrition research related to heart health and dietary recommendations was influenced the sugar industry, a new paper in JAMA Internal Medicine reveals.

Challenges facing our global food system—like climate change, antibiotic resistance and environmental health—require creative solutions beyond traditional research and policy advocacy. That’s the message of Anthony D. So, the new director of the Center for a Livable Future…

The USDA released updated food availability data this month, which reveals that food in the US is, paradoxically, overabundant and scarce—and causing a lot of problems.  The average American now consumes around 2,481 calories per day. The amount of food available per…

In an effort to curb consumption, last year, Berkeley, California, became the first US city to implement a tax on soft drinks. Now, a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests the tax is working. Researchers compared a 4-month period in 2014 to…

Italy is in a bit of trouble: the country’s famed Mediterranean diet (small portions of fruits, vegetables, olive oil and lean meats) is being supplanted by the dreaded eating habits of the West (lots of red meat, dairy, and sugar-laden soft drinks and snack foods).   One…

A shortage of staples like lentils and chickpeas, together with the loss of valuable cotton harvests to insects, is intensifying India’s debate over genetically modified crops. The Indian government has approved just one such modified seed—for cotton—and that was more than…

A new analysis of 56 diet studies in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds that the Mediterranean diet with no restriction on fat intake reduces individuals’ risk of heart issues, as some researchers have contended, but does not lower risk for earlier death. The diet…