Fears for food security and the future of farming families as Fall Armyworm spreads to Asia

Fall Armyworm, an “invasive pest” that devours more than 80 different plant species, including many staple crops, could threaten the food security and livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers in Asia.


Mythbusting Mondays: Do carrots improve eyesight?

“Nyeeeeh, what’s up, doc?” Bugs Bunny would often go off at one or the other character in his cartoons, chomping on a carrot. That alone …

Monday Mythbusters

Mythbusting Mondays: Is MSG safe or dangerous? Here are the effects of ajinomoto on health

Quick, what’s the one cooking ingredient that comes to food safety? Around half of you out there have probably thought of monosodium glutamate (MSG). Today, …


From ice cream to protein shakes, is cockroach milk the next superfood?

Got milk? That famous American advertising campaign to promote consumption of milk may soon be getting a creepy-crawly makeover: Got cockroach milk?


Ramadan 2018: Top 5 Iftar health tips to keep you up and running

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is already underway. Devout Muslims from around the world are observing daytime fasts, and eating only before daybreak or …

UN health agency aims to save millions of lives by ‘elimination’ of trans-fatty acids from global food chain

Industrially-produced trans-fats may give food a longer shelf life, but each year they also lead to the death of more than 500,000 people from cardiovascular …

Burger and fries

London mayor will ban junk food ads on public transport: Should others follow suit?

London mayor Sadiq Khan has been a divisive figure at times. This time, he is in the middle of a heated debate because of his …

North Korea

Mothers, children, lacking basic nutrition in North Korea: UN food aid chief

The head of the United Nations food relief agency said on Friday that many mothers and young children in North Korea are still relying on …


It’s scientifically proven: People can really be hangry!

The word – or emotion – that is “hanger” had received some cognizance at the beginning of the year. Oxford Dictionary included “hangry” in its …


Vitamin A deficiency puts 140 million children at risk of illness and death: UNICEF

More than 140 million children are at greater risk of illness, hearing loss, blindness and even death globally if urgent action is not taken to …