June 13th, 2012

As its farmers get too old to till the soil, Japan grapples with a question that many industrialized nations now face: Who will grow our food in the future? Our new Food for 9 Billion segment done in collaboration with PBS NewsHour, American Public Media’s Marketplace and Homelands Productions.

April 30th, 2012

How well do you know your food history? When did humans start planting in rows? Or start using the plow? Find out by using our interactive food history timeline!

March 27th, 2012
We don’t want to buy pink slime.

Dennis Barrett, the Los Angeles Unified School District’s director of food services.

Schools across the country have been quick to distance themselves from the cotton candy-colored controversy after revelations that the U.S. Department of Agriculture buys the product, commonly used in ground beef, for its national school lunch program.

(via californiawatch)

Reblogged from California Watch
February 6th, 2012

What is the food situation in countries around the world? Click through to check out our new food statistic map, part of our Food for 9 Billion project with the PBS NewsHour, American Public Media’s Marketplace and Homelands Productions. 

To get you started, here are some facts about the United States:

- The U.S. is the world’s biggest economy and leading exporter of wheat, corn, beef and many other commodities.

- It has the most unequal wealth distribution of all major developed countries.

- Economic woes have led one in seven Americans to rely on food assistance.

- Nearly 15% of U.S. households were considered food insecure in 2010, compared to 12% in 1995.

January 24th, 2012

Resistant bacteria found in US pork products

Researchers have found higher-than-expected levels of deadly bacteria in what is considered the largest sampling of raw retail meat products in the United States.

A team of researchers at the University of Iowa collected 256 samples of pork from 35 retail stores in Iowa, Minnesota and New Jersey. Samples included pork chops, ground pork, riblets, ribs, sausage, blade steak, cube steaks, pork loin, pork roasts and pork cutlets.

The researchers found that nearly 7 percent of the products tested contained methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

Researchers from the National Pork Board were quick to point out that not all MRSA strains are harmful to people. Indeed, livestock strains of the bacteria show little effect, if any, on people.

Click through to read more.

January 23rd, 2012

The Philippines’ swelling population is causing fishing villages to embrace birth control for the first time. And not just as a means to plan their families: They also see it as a path to long-term food security, ensuring that future generations enjoy the same abundance of fish.

December 12th, 2011

As Egyptians move into the second phase of elections this week, Sandy Tolan explores the debate over food policy in the wake of what some are calling the “revolution of the hungry.”

The Food for 9 Billion series is a collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting, Homelands Productions, PBS Newshour and American Public Media’s Marketplace.

Listen here.

November 30th, 2011

Anger over food prices helped contribute to the toppling of Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak. Through the story of one migrant family, we explore how displaced farmers, angry about agricultural policies that favor “crony capitalists,” now struggle to put food on the table.

This story is the beginning of a new series: “Food for 9 Billion,” a year-long project of the Center for Investigative Reporting, Homelands Productions, PBS NewsHour and Marketplace.

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