Climate change and the current El Niño have left Africans more vulnerable than ever to hunger.
Economic growth alone won't end hunger. Good policies and programmes are needed, too. Scientists and researchers have a role to play in these initiatives.
A look at the diet of an Olympian – from ancient Greece to Rio 2016.
Chemicals that form in cooked food have been linked to cancer – but the full picture is more complicated.
Hungry children stretch out their hands at a Somalian refugee camp in 2011.
Talking about food is a productive way to understand a complex world. The dinner table is a place where the shame of poverty is most acutely experienced.
Tokyo’s robot restaurant.
Restaurants can open the 'Doors of Perception', too.
Chia, acai, quinoa, guradji - our supermarket shelves are awash with superfoods. They may well be healthy but in attributing magical qualities to these products are we glossing over an often-exploitative global food system?
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Teenagers are heavily influenced by what their friends eat, to the extent that they forget about their parents' cooking.
Scientists are on the hunt – just don't try this at home.
We’re used to abundance, but Brexit makes it all seem more fragile.
We only have enough food stocks to last 3-5 days, and Brexit has suddenly made things seem worryingly fragile.
When does it all become dangerous to eat?
Congress is considering new legislation to unify and clarify what all those "use by," "sell by," "best by" dates on foods really mean. Here's the (limited) science behind how those dates get set.
Protesters in California against GM foods and agro-chemicals.
Lawmakers reach a deal on national labeling rules for foods that contain GMOs, but if passed, it won't give consumers what research has shown consumers want.
Social research shows that consumers want a say in GM food labeling.
The Senate has just reached an agreement for a national system to label foods with genetically modified ingredients. What do consumers actually want from GM food labeling?
Africa must adopt an integrated approach to effectively reduce hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.
There are a number of efforts on the African continent aimed at helping people overcome food insecurity. Even though some progress has been made, the situation remains bleak.
A chance to shine: festivals bring fringe benefits.
Forget the main stage headliners, the real festival heroes might be selling you crocodile burgers and mango smoothies.
Wasting food, wasting the earth.
Feeding Melbourne generates over 900,000 tonnes of edible food waste every year, enough to feed more than 2 million people.
The Maillard reaction is what gives brisket it’s brown colour and delicious flavours.
Have you ever wondered how freshly baked bread gets its a golden brown crust, or why coffee beans smell so good? You can thank the miracle of the Maillard reaction.
We talk about food with moralising – and judgemental – language.
Locavore, freegan, kangatarian, flexitarian ... what we eat has become a moral minefield. Religions have long enforced food-related prohibitions, but in a secular context we could do with a little less moralising at the kitchen table.
Food for thought.
Is there such a thing as brain food?
Two very popular – and seemingly contradictory – food trends are gripping Australia at the same time. Ultra healthy and extravagantly indulgent eateries are actually fulfilling the same elite-driven desire for food that's creative, hand-made and rare.
How many Australian children know what meat is before it shows up on their plate?
We're a nation of meat eaters but city dwellers may have trouble discussing the origin of a steak with their offspring. And though there are programs teaching children how vegetables grow, there aren’t too many that involve raising an animal for food.