Corporate concentration in the US food system makes food more expensive and less accessible for many Americans

Food production in the US is heavily concentrated in the hands of a small number of large agribusiness companies. That's been good for shareholders, but not for consumers.

Mary Hendrickson, Associate Professor of Rural Sociology, University of Missouri-Columbia • conversation
Feb. 8, 2021 ~10 min

4 policies to promote ‘fish as food’ can fight world hunger

Current food policies meant to fight against world hunger are failing to consider fish. "This is a huge oversight," says Kristin Kleisner.

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
Feb. 4, 2021 ~6 min

What is food insecurity?

A food policy researcher helps make sense of the lexicon of US food policy terms, and explains how they relate to racial justice.

Caitlin Caspi, Professor of Public Health, University of Connecticut • conversation
Feb. 2, 2021 ~8 min

Start of rainy season predicts food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa

The onset of the rainy season can affect food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa as much as the amount of rain farmers receive overall, a new study shows.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Jan. 26, 2021 ~7 min

18 million US children are at risk of hunger: How is the problem being addressed and what more can be done?

An estimated 1 in 4 US children have trouble getting enough to eat at least sometimes. We asked four scholars for their insights..

Kecia Johnson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Mississippi State University • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~13 min

4 signs that food pantries improve the diets of low-income people

The boxes and bags people get from food pantries contain healthier food than you might suspect.

Heather Eicher-Miller, Associate Professor of Nutrition Science, Purdue University • conversation
Dec. 17, 2020 ~6 min

A hospital that prescribes free nutritious food to families who need more than medical care

Dayton Children’s Hospital has begun to screen patients and their families for food insecurity, referring many of them to its 'Food Pharm.'

Diana Cuy Castellanos, Assistant Professor of Dietetics and Nutrition, University of Dayton • conversation
Dec. 14, 2020 ~3 min

Chan School dean outlines ‘action agenda’ for global health

COVID-19 has not only sickened and killed millions around the globe, it has wreaked havoc on existing programs to fight health ills that affect millions more. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean Michelle Williams discusses with the Gazette an “action agenda” on global health for the incoming Biden administration.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Dec. 10, 2020 ~16 min

Report links food insecurity and heart disease death risk

Increasing rates of food insecurity are associated with an increase in cardiovascular death rates. Experts say COVID-19 could exacerbate the problem.

Hannah Messinger-Penn • futurity
Nov. 11, 2020 ~4 min

Nobel Peace Prize spotlights the links between hunger and conflict

Over 820 million people around the world go to bed hungry at night, and that tide is rising. For working to reverse it, the U.N. World Food Program has received the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

Jessica Eise, Postdoctoral Researcher, Purdue University • conversation
Oct. 9, 2020 ~7 min