The use of food banks has skyrocketed. Here Prime Minister Justin Trudeau helps prepare a food box at Seva Food Bank in Mississauga, Ont., on Nov. 4, 2022.
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With food insecurity at an all-time high and food banks buckling under high demand as we head into this holiday season, experts say we need to focus on long-term solutions to tackle the issue at its root.
The high cost of living and interest rates are causing some Canadians to recalibrate their holiday traditions.
The cost of feeding a table full of people may be too much for the average Canadian to bear this holiday season.
The social and financial costs of policing food theft are higher than the costs of addressing poverty and income inequality.
The food theft crisis is framed as a threat to paying customers. This furthers the divide between those who can still afford groceries and those who cannot.
Halfway through the Sustainable Development Goals timeline, the world is not on track to meet the target of ending malnutrition by 2030.
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As global acute food insecurity increases, severe wasting — which already affects 13.6 million children — is expected to rise with it. Treating wasting requires specialized nutrition and medical care.
Residents walk toward the Northern Store where most groceries and goods are purchased in Nain, N.L.
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Food insecurity is an issue felt particularly acutely by Inuit across Northern Canada. Culturally appropriate food systems may be the solution.
Gluten is in a variety of breads and baked goods − it helps them rise and gives bread its characteristic texture.
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Ever wonder why bakers spend so long kneading their dough? They’re trying to form a gluten network, which helps the bread rise.
Aisha Azzam — the subject of a documentary film about preserving Palestinian food culture in exile — in a scene from the film, overlooking the Dead Sea to the Palestinian territories.
Cinematographer: Guochen Wang (Author provided)
Modern settlers to Palestine viewed the desert as something they needed to “make bloom.” But it already was, thanks to the long history of Palestinian agricultural systems.
Siggi’s Dairy keeps its yogurts simple with white packaging, black text and a dab of color to indicate the flavor.
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Pared-down packaging designs send a subtle yet powerful message of purity to shoppers – and they’re willing to fork over more cash for these goods, regardless of the actual number of additives.
A worker rakes wheat in a granary on a farm near Kyiv in August 2023, a month after Russia pulled out of a deal aimed at protecting ships carrying Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea.
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The Ukraine war’s impact on food insecurity is critical, but there is more to the picture. The main problem is that capitalism allows food and other basic needs to become precarious commodities.
A vintage Victorian Halloween postcard.
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Food was tied into multiple Halloween traditions that had love trouble at their core.
There are more than 40,000 varieties of cultivated rice. If you’ve ever wondered about the differences between all the colourful rices at the supermarket, here’s a rundown.
Pantry staples can go rancid when exposed to oxygen.
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Pantry food can go bad if exposed to oxygen, but an AI model might help develop more effective preservatives and keep food fresher for longer.
Cutting back on pricier food items and focusing on more affordable staple foods could help consumers deal with rising food costs, but these strategies affect brand loyalty.
Once a cornerstone for many food retailers, brand loyalty is eroding as consumers prioritize cost savings over long-term brand relationships.
Many cultures integrate hot peppers into traditional dishes.
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After a 14-year-old died doing a viral spicy chip challenge, many parents have called for more awareness about the risks of these challenges.
People with diabetes in Liberia face a vicious cycle of hunger and neglect that can sometimes spiral out of control and put their lives in danger.
Crop Science Centre, University of Cambridge
Farming has made crop plants reliant on synthetic fertilisers, but we can reactivate their ability to engage with beneficial microorganisms and make them more independent.
A farmer spreads fertilizer in a wheat field outside Amritsar, India.
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Did the Green Revolution, which brought high-tech agriculture to developing nations in the 1960s, prevent famine? Recent research takes a much more skeptical view.
A person walks along a path in Iqaluit on March 6, 2019.
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New research about the Nutrition North Canada program shows that the subsidy is not being fully passed on to consumers.
Liposomes have been used to enhance the effectiveness of medicines for decades – but it doesn’t necessarily mean they will work in food supplements too.
Our grocery stores are increasingly filled with ultra-processed foods, which have little to no nutritional value and a huge environmental impact.
Ultra-processed foods are bad for our health and our planet and must be central to any efforts to reduce our carbon emissions, and waistlines.