In an effort to battle the increasing number of childhood obesity cases in the United States, FoodCorps is turning to schools. Rather than just teaching the basics of healthy eating, they're tapping into a generation of passionate young adults to make health food more real.
Mexico's tomato farmers have found great success sending their products to the United States since the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agency 20 years ago. But it's come at a cost to Florida's tomato growers.
Neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate have been able to produce a farm bill that gets wide support. In fact, neither chamber have approved a bill, though there are committee proposals. But both conservative and liberal groups are blasting the proposals as bad policy.
A Chinese company is moving to begin a large copper mining project in rural Myanmar, but its running into stiff resistance from monks and local farmers who say they're being taken advantage of. Police moved in with water cannons and fire bombs -- but the national government says that won't happen again.
Millions of people in India go hungry every day. And it has long-lasting effects on physical condition and mental abilities. A reporter from Bloomberg News, of Indian descent, returned to the small village where his family is from and lived for two weeks on a typical diet there.
The Colorado River Delta runs dry before it reaches the ocean in Mexico. It's meant that a once-lush habitat has turned into a large, dry mud flat. But a new water-use agreement between the United States and Mexico seeks to change that.
Voters in California in November will be able to vote on whether food sold in the state that contains genetically modified organisms must be labeled as such. The implications are vast, with approval likely leading to a national drive for labeling and perhaps to higher food costs.
A group of French scientists are raising questions about the safety of genetically modified corn. The scientists say, specifically, that Roundup Ready corn causes tumors in rats, and therefore isn't safe in humans -- a claim wholly rejected by Roundup producer Monsanto.
Italy's unemployment rate is more than 10 percent, but among the young, it's vastly worse. Perhaps 35 percent, or worse. So a growing number of young Italians, and a few others who are out-of-work, are turning to the country's organic farms, where they can learn a skill, and keep a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs.
Farmers in Sri Lanka are dying. Not because the work is hard, though it is. And not because the cities are pulling people in, with promises of an easier standard of living, though they are. No, farmers in Sri Lanka are dying from Chronic Kidney Disease, and while scientists have linked the explosion in cases to use of agricultural chemicals, but so far nothing is being done.