- Food Labels, Taxes, and Subsidies—the Egg of Columbus in the Obesity Crisis?
Food labeling and food pricing do not do much to change this food system; they only address the symptoms. To really make a difference to health (and environmental sustainability), we have to change the system itself.
- Fighting Food Waste with Paper and Spice
At a moment when most of us look to Silicon Valley for the next highly sophisticated technological breakthrough that will change the world, it's increasingly unusual to interview an inventor and designer whose creation neither beeps nor shines.
- Southern Africa, a Region Chronically at Risk
Southern Africa is preparing for a humanitarian disaster. Daniel Sinnathamby, regional humanitarian coordinator for Oxfam in the region, talks about the circumstances that are making this year especially challenging.
- "World Hunger: Ten Myths" by Frances Moore Lappé and Joseph Collins
Chapter by chapter, Frances Moore Lappé and her co-authors demolish the myths that have long prevented us from addressing hunger, and examine the policies that keep people from feeding themselves.
- From Lab to Table
"New Harvest" wants to kick-start a bio-economy of animal products made without animals. Some have already called this revolution "the next .com."
- Fighting Obesity Requires a Choice: Profit or Public Health?
Unless governments take steps to promote healthy diets and discourage consumption of ultra-processed products, chances to stop and reverse the obesity epidemic remain quite slim.
- Big Soda Politics: A Call to Advocacy
It is becoming evident that Big Soda copies the playbook used by Big Tobacco to distract people from the harm caused by cigarette smoking. Although falling soda sales are the results of successful advocacy, there is still a lot of work to do.
- How Much More Processed Food Can We Eat?
Food policies for the 21st century will be about the purpose of markets and the need to hold marketers to account for their activities.
- The Next Pig Idea
Food waste expert and environmentalist Tristram Stuart has had an unexpectedly big idea that could change the world.
- Eating "Ugly," a New Healthy Trend
England and France are using creativity to push consumers to buy "ugly" fruits and vegetables.
- "Soy is a Huge Cloud Over All Agriculture"
Kathryn Redford has a mission: revolutionize the meat industry. How? By using insects in animal feed, instead of soy or corn.
- Why Isn't Food a Public Good?
What would the world look like if we were to treat food as a public good or commons and not merely as a commodity?
- Poverty Is Never Just One Problem at a Time
Only a multidimensional approach can determine who is poor, how they are poor, and which deprivations they experience simultaneously. Indian policymakers need these details.
- Lesser-known Species Fall Victim to the Illegal Wildlife Trade
Pangolins, slow lorises, freshwater turtles, and other lesser-known species all face extinction pressures if we fail to curb the illegal wildlife trade.
- POEM: Tomorrow's Child
This poem was written to convey the imperative of sustainability. As geographical lines blur due to trade and markets, so can ethics.
- Corruption along the Vietnam-China Border Permits Massive Smuggling of Endangered Animals
Despite a recent surge in enforcement, more needs to be done to fight bribery and endangered animal smuggling on the porous Vietnam-China border.
- The 'Copter Will See You Now
As countries develop policies for civilian and commercial drones, it is important to apply ethical standards that are permissive of innovation.
- Exporting Expertise: Lessons from Brazil's Forest Success
It took a broad group of actors to reduce Brazilian deforestation by 75 percent in seven years. Now, their success can be emulated in other tropical countries.
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Sustainability
The ease with which sustainability rolls off the tongue these days far surpasses our understanding of it or our implementation. A few changes in attitude could be helpful.
- Buds of Hope
With technical assistance from a local NGO, poor farmers in Maharashtra have been able to supplement their seasonal income by cultivating organic jasmine buds.