Eradicating Hunger With More Technology and Less Food

Eradicating Hunger With More Technology and Less Food

The World Food Programme is using technology to create a world in which is doesn’t, well, have to give away quite so much food.


CALL UP A mental image of the World Food Programme’s work, and you’ll most likely envision lines—endless lines of hungry people. Lines so long that field workers occasionally erect shelters to shield the waiting crowds from the scorching sun. Lines that, eventually, lead to towering piles of sacks stuffed with wheat and rice that must last those receiving them, and their families, for a month.

Such lines always have been considered a necessary evil of delivering aid to those who need it most. But the World Food Programme is working on technology that could make those lines—and even the food stations they lead to—a thing of the past.



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A Map of Every Nation’s Favorite Beer


Vinepair has published this amazing info graph to guide  drink enthusiasts who are eager to learn about the world of beer. Sourced from data collected from about 100 countries, we learn that these brands are as diverse as the world we live in.  A handful of corporations own many of these brands. Each country is represented by its most popular brand from the last year data was available. 

For more about this incredible beer map and other cool stuff click here:

Fungi Can Save the World From Climate Change Induced Food Shortages

Fungi Can Save the World From Climate Change Induced Food Shortages

 Fungi is posed to become mankind’s new best friend. From the overwhelming scientific research that supports the existence of climate change, we have learned about another looming danger humanity may face, which is acute food shortage. Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies, a startup based in Seattle is all set to fight this trend by harnessing the power of fungi so crops can withstand extreme climate conditions such as drought and flood.

Read more about how one company is trying to save the world from a looming food scarcity problem and reduce our reliance on harmful chemicals.


Seven Dangerous Food Practices Banned in Europe but Allowed by the EPA

 Seven Dangerous Food Practices Banned in Europe but Allowed by the EPA


Consumers in America should have no more doubt about whose interest the  EPA serves to protect. For every poisonous morsel of food we digest, we are fattening the wallets of corporate America. 

Last week, the European Commission voted to place a two-year moratorium on most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides, on the suspicion that they’re contributing to the global crisis in honeybee health (a topic I’ve touched on hereherehere, andhere). Since then, several people have asked me whether Europe’s move might inspire the US Environmental Protection Agency to make a similar move—currently, neonics are widely used in several of our most prevalent crops, including corn, soy, cotton, and wheat.

The answer is no. As I reported recently, an agency press officer told me the EU move will have no bearing on the EPA’s own reviews of the pesticides, which aren’t scheduled for release until 2016 at the earliest.

All of which got me thinking about other food-related substances and practices that are banned in Europe but green-lighted here. Turns out there are lots. Aren’t you glad you don’t live under the Old World regulatory jackboot, where the authorities deny people’s freedom to quaff  atrazine-laced drinking water, etc., etc.? Let me know in comments if I’m missing any.

To read more about the seven horrendous and hazardous food preparation methods the EPA still employs click here:

Big Chunks! The Story of How Two Fat Friends from Highschool Created a 300 Million Dollar Ice Cream Empire

This is a great interview of Ben and Jerry talking about the ice cream process.

They were the fattest and slowest kids in gym class. Their high school friendship blossomed into a business partnership. The ice cream empire they built was worth $300 million when it was sold to Unilever.

In this interview, Ben and Jerry speak about each other’s strengths, weaknesses, failed flavors, and their friendship.

This is a great read for ice cream lovers and fans of Ben & Jerry’s.




The Threat to British Curry

LONDON — Upon first moving here from Pakistan two years ago, I was inundated with restaurant recommendations: Tayyabs and Lahore Kebab House, Daawat and Brilliant. I spent many weekends sampling curries and kebabs in the east and halwa in the south. In the end, I settled on a Drummond Street standby.

For members of the South Asian diaspora, having a favorite curry restaurant is like belonging to a tribe: It requires absolute loyalty and the occasional sacrificial ritual, like waiting in line for a table for two hours in cold, wet weather.

But the appeal extends far beyond homesick immigrants. London now has more curry shops than Mumbai. Across Britain, some 10,000 restaurants and takeout joints serve kormas, vindaloos and other variants

Monsanto, the TPP and Global Food Dominance

Control oil and you control nations,” said US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the 1970s.  “Control food and you control the people.”

Global food control has nearly been achieved, by reducing seed diversity with GMO (genetically modified) seeds that are distributed by only a few transnational corporations. But this agenda has been implemented at grave cost to our health; and if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) passes, control over not just our food but our health, our environment and our financial system will be in the hands of transnational corporations

The Diet From God – The Daniel fast is growing in popularity, often prompted by Christians’ desire for a deeper form of prayer. Many are reporting lasting physical benefits, too.

As a Baptist, January Rowe knew that tough times sometimes call for fasting. Purposefully going without food has long been a part of Judeo-Christian spiritual practice—David, Jesus, the disciples, and many other Biblical figures fasted regularly as a way to show obedience to God. For centuries, Christians have followed the Bible’s example by going hungry for stretches of time as a form of prayer.

BREAD AND WOMEN – Two muses, one loaf

Like many men who cook a lot, I’m good at doing several things that look hard but aren’t—béarnaise sauce, tuna au poivre—and not very good at doing some things that are harder than they look. I can’t make a decent vinaigrette, anything involving a “salt crust” baffles me, and, until quite recently, I had never baked a loaf of bread. For years, I told myself that I didn’t bake bread for the same reason I don’t drive a car: it’s a useful skill, unnecessary in New York. In New York, you don’t drive because you can take the subway practically anywhere, and you don’t have to bake bread because there are so many good bakeries. Even at the supermarket, there are baguettes from Tom Cat and cinnamon-raisin loaves from Orwasher and Eli’s empire of sourdoughs.

“Blood Avocados”: The Dark Side of Your Guacamole

A drug cartel known as the Knights Templar has brought kidnappings, murders, money laundering and fear to Mexico’s prized avocado business

MORELIA, Mexico—There’s an almost Mediterranean charm to the rolling hills here in Michoacán, a state in western Mexico. Avocado farms occupy vast stretches of land, and the rows of low-growing trees resemble the olive gardens of southern Europe.

These idyllic farms grow millions of pounds of avocados that Americans consume every year. But there’s a dark story lurking beneath the surface of the fleshy green fruit—and the bowls of guacamole it produces. A drug cartel known as the Caballeros Templarios, the Knights Templar, has infiltrated the avocado sector, and now controls the local trade, from production to distribution.

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