Food/Agriculture

Locusts take flight from ground vegetation as young girls run toward their cattle at Larisoro village near Archers Post, Kenya, on Jan. 21.

Top U.S. Aid Chief Warns of Locust Devastation in East Africa

“You really have to go back to decades ago in the U.S., to Dust Bowl days, to understand just how devastating this can be.”

Sky Pizza in Seoul

‘Parasite’ Has a Hidden Backstory of Middle-Class Failure and Chicken Joints

In a few words, Bong Joon-ho conjured up a whole tale of economic insecurity.

Troops stand near an F-35 while they listen as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on board the USS Wasp in Yokosuka, Japan, on May 28, 2019.

2 Easy Ways to Shrink America’s Overseas Footprint

Cutting dysfunctional programs offers a start to ending American primacy.

A Palestinian farmer

The Big Missing Piece of the Kushner Plan: Water

One reason the Palestinians swiftly rejected the flawed U.S. peace plan was that it does nothing to address their claims for water rights.

A vendor (C) wearing a facemask offers meat at a near-empty market on the eve of the Lunar New Year in Wuhan on January 24, 2020.

Don’t Blame Bat Soup for the Coronavirus

Racist memes target Chinese eating habits, but the real causes of the virus are more mundane.

Seventeen-year-old Louch Vi feeds her two sons at her hut in the Mondulkiri region of Cambodia on Feb. 9, 2018. Louch said she and her sons go days at a time without food.

The World’s Mothers Are Watching Ever More Babies Die of Starvation

Malnutrition is passed from one generation to the next between mother and child—unless someone commits to stopping the deadly cycle.

Pope Francis eats lunch with guests on Nov. 17 in The Vatican, to mark the World Day of the Poor.

Pope Francis’s Heretical Pasta

Matteo Salvini and the Italian far-right have found a new target in their crusade to marginalize Muslims: pork-free tortellini.

Wheat

The Great American Food Aid Boondoggle

The United States could feed millions more people—if it changed outdated policies.

Qu Dongyu, the new director-general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

Outfoxed and Outgunned: How China Routed the U.S. in a U.N. Agency

The race for the top job at an obscure U.N. agency tested great-power influence on the world stage—and Beijing coasted into a victory over Washington.

Diners at Hunan Slurp in New York’s East Village on July 25.

From Chop Suey to Fine Dining

Wealthy Chinese are pushing to overturn their national cuisine’s image as fast and cheap.

The chef José Andrés stirs paella in a giant pan during the #ChefsForPuertoRico relief operation in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in October 2017.

How an Upscale Chef Came to Serve Those in Need

On the podcast: José Andrés on food insecurity, Puerto Rico, and battling hunger.

A dog hangs around an abandoned farmhouse on February 6, 2014 near Bakersfield, California.

The Global Food Crisis Is Here

It’s not just that climate change is ravaging the world’s agriculture. Agriculture is also ravaging the climate.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa shakes hands after addressing a meeting attended by white Zimbabwean farmers and businessmen on July 21, 2018 in Harare.

Economic Isolation is Hindering Zimbabwe’s Transformation

Lifting sanctions and increasing international investment will speed land and security sector reform—and enhance the protection of human rights.

Zimbabwean commercial farmer Rob Smart inspects irrigation pipes for a potato crop at Lesbury Estates farm in Headlands, east of the capital Harare, on Feb. 1, 2018 days after Smart was allowed to return to his land.

Zimbabwe’s New Land Reforms Don’t Go Far Enough

Robert Mugabe seized white-owned farms. Emmerson Mnangagwa is reversing course—but a halfhearted land reform effort won’t solve the country’s economic woes.

A tea plantation worker shows off plucked tea leaves in the Nuwara Eliya district of Sri Lanka on Feb. 5.

Spilling the Tea in Sri Lanka

As large colonial-era tea plantations crumble, family-owned plots are trying to take their place and save the industry.

An elderly couple sit in Setenil de las Bodegas near Cádiz on Dec. 2, 2018, during Andalusia's regional election.

Spain’s Formula to Live Forever

The country is set to boast the world’s longest life expectancy by 2040. What are the Spanish doing right?

A Guerrero community police member stands guard at an illegal poppy field in Heliodoro Castillo, Guerrero state, Mexico, on March 25, 2018.

When Poppies Don’t Pay

With a stark decline in the price fetched by opium gum, Mexico’s government should take strides toward making crop substitution proposals a reality in Guerrero.

A poster from a protest against President Donald Trump in New York City on Nov. 9, 2016.

Donald Trump and Swine Fever Are Creating an Economic Crisis

A deadly outbreak in China and trade tariffs in the United States are threatening to send global markets into a tailspin.

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