The deepening economic crisis in Venezuela has left many residents scrambling to secure basic necessities. When they can, tens of thousands stream into Colombia to buy food and other supplies. Looting is an everyday occurrence. And last month, a study found that half of sixth graders...

2015 was a roller coaster of a year for analysts of global economics and politics. Terrorist tragedies from the US and France to Nigeria and Iraq shocked us, Nepal suffered a devastating earthquake, and Volkswagen’s massive fraud surfaced.  A million migrants flowed into Europe, and...

For decades, Florida was the undisputed citrus capital of the world. The state’s groves produced 70% of oranges in the United States as of 2011. These fruits were central to the daily routines of most Americans. At one point, more than 75% of American refrigerators...

Remember the Jetsons, the animated sitcom that ran from 1962-1988? It explored “space age” life. Or what about the Flintstones, which explored life in the “stone age”? Both shows provided context for everyday concerns.The concepts of food in these two shows could not have been...

While many of us head to beaches or backyard barbeques this weekend, negotiating teams from twelve nations will be busy working on perhaps the most important trade deal of our generation – the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). On Friday, TPP Chief Negotiators begin a four-day meeting...

Gluten-free. It’s among the hottest trends in food today. It competes with “non-GMO”, “local”, and “organic” for mindshare among today’s health-conscious, price-insensitive, and trend-following foodies, yuppies, and self-anointed amateur nutritionists. It’s become so fashionable to be gluten-free that even Fido and Spot have jumped on...

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