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Dung beetle rolling in the shade. Marcus Byrne

Five things dung beetles do with a piece of poo

Dung beetles have been cleaning up the planet for at least 65 million years. The 6000 species across the world have adapted to a life at the back end of the food chain in the most remarkable ways.
Food insecurity is not only a matter of hunger but may have multiple manifestations. Reuters/Emma Farge

Food insecurity is more than just severe hunger

Food insecurity is a problem that doesn't only stem from hunger. It is also a result of eating food that is not nutritious.
Industrial agriculture has created a food system that is inherently undemocratic in its disregard for human need. Shutterstock/Todd Klassy

Food democracy: why eating is unavoidably political

The global food production system is inherently undemocratic. Based on shared experiences of the adverse effects, the world's citizens need to intervene as democratic publics to transform a broken system.
Food can prompt behaviours and brain responses similar to those seen in more traditional forms of addiction. Justin McGregor/Shutterstock

Explainer: can you be addicted to food?

Are you a "carb craver" or "chocaholic"? We often use language associated with addiction to describe our relationships with food. But is it really possible to be addicted to certain types of food?
After recent lacklustre ratings MasterChef is back with a bang – so what’s the secret? MasterChef/Network Ten

What MasterChef teaches us about food and the food industry

While MasterChef might teach us a lot about food and food trends, it also glosses over some of the harsher realities of the industry that produces this food. What's the secret to its sudden ratings boost?

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