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…

In an act of rare bipartisan support, the US Congress unanimously passed the Global Food Security Act yesterday. The bill supports the Obama administration’s Feed the Future program, which aims to build resilience in farmers. Supporters made the case that reducing global…

About 3.5 billion kilograms of pesticides are used each year across the globe. By keeping crops healthy and boosting production, the chemicals benefit farmers and the economies of developing nations. But pesticides have been found to disrupt ecosystems and harm animal life…

An epidemic of Salmonella is accompanying the rising US enthusiasm for raising backyard chickens. Consider the numbers:  • 7 salmonella outbreaks in 2016, invading 35 US states • Sickened 324 people, including 88 children • Hospitalized 66 people (and caused one death)

Malnutrition directly affects 1 in 3 people worldwide, according to the new 2016 Global Nutrition Report, an annual independent take on the state of the world's nutrition. Manifesting in undernourishment or obesity, malnutrition and poor diet are by far the biggest risk…

A study in the Lancet suggesting that only those with high blood pressure and high salt consumption need to worry about reducing their salt intake has come under attack; GHN summarized a piece about the study yesterday.

Low-salt diets may not always be beneficial; in fact, in some cases they may actually increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and death. Low-sodium diets (less than 3 grams per day) are associated with more heart attacks, strokes, and deaths compared to average intake—…