Syrians fret over taste of war food

| May 31, 2014

Syrians fret over taste of war food

As Syria approaches a surreal presidential election in the midst of civil war, the capital has avoided the worst of the conflict but reminders are increasingly coming out the water taps and appearing on the dinner table, to the dismay of Damascenes. Before the ...

May 25, 2014

Scientists trying to develop heat-beating chickens

American scientists are attempting to develop chickens that can cope with scorching heat as part of a series of government-funded programs looking to adapt to or mitigate the effects of extreme weather patterns on the food supply. A University of Delaware project is developing ...

Plant disease raising high-end coffee price

May 19, 2014

Plant disease raising high-end coffee price

The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease and hold down the price of coffee. At issue is a fungus called coffee rust, which has caused more than $1 billion in damage across Latin America. ...

Food labs fight organized crime

May 4, 2014

Food labs fight organized crime

by Jamie Doward and Amy Moore

At first glance the sprawling campus amid glorious countryside looks an unlikely base from which to wage war against Italy’s most feared crime organization, the ‘ndrangheta. And yet the laboratories of Campden BRI, once part of the University of Bristol and now a major ...

Japan to start providing food radiation check data to Taiwan

May 3, 2014

Japan to start providing food radiation check data to Taiwan

Japan will provide documentation on radiation checks for food products exported to Taiwan from next month, according to health authorities in Taipei. While Japan has been providing such information to other countries since the start of the Fukushima crisis in March 2011, it has ...

Apr 28, 2014

Burger King bringing back 'Subservient Chicken'

Burger King is bringing back one of its strangest advertising creations: the Subservient Chicken. The campaign, which was considered groundbreaking when it ran in 2004, featured a website where a giant chicken dressed in garters appeared to perform any task visitors commanded. A costumed ...

Drink up: More coffee could lower your odds for diabetes

Apr 28, 2014

Drink up: More coffee could lower your odds for diabetes

People who boosted their coffee intake by “moderate to large” doses in a U.S.-based study had a lower risk for adult-onset diabetes than those with stable consumption, researchers say. An analysis of studies that tracked the diet and lifestyles of more than 120,000 health ...

Damascus refugees face starvation

Apr 20, 2014

Damascus refugees face starvation

by Martin Chulov

The desperate residents of a besieged district of Damascus were expected to run out of food on Sunday, leaving 18,000 people facing starvation and leading relief agencies to declare the crisis “unprecedented in living memory.” Food packages had not been delivered to the Yarmouk ...

DNA traced in fight for food safety

Apr 7, 2014

DNA traced in fight for food safety

U.S. disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks of food poisoning by decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses. The initial target is listeria, the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning and a type of bacteria that ...

First GM fish tough sell for FDA approval

| Apr 4, 2014

First GM fish tough sell for FDA approval

The Obama administration has stalled for more than four years on approving what would be the first genetically modified animal sold for human consumption: a fast-growing salmon. During that time, opponents of the technology have taken advantage of increasing consumer concern about genetically modified ...