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Food Security 102: What Is Being Done To Reduce Global Food Insecurity?

The first part of our food security series explained the complexities of this global issue. People are food insecure for many reasons. Populations in war-torn countries often cannot get food in a safe way. Climate change and environmental disasters impact food production. Many just don't have enough money to feed their families. The World Bank estimates 767 million people live on less than two U.S. dollars a day.

The Basics of Food Security

As the world’s population grows, the need to provide food for all people will intensify the conversation about food security. According to estimates by the U.S. Department of State, global food production will have to increase 70 percent by 2050 in order to feed the world's growing population, and currently “[m]ore than one billion people... suffer from chronic hunger.”  In the United States alone, 15.8 million households are food insecure.

'Tis a Good Time To Try Tisanes

Tea has been around for at least 5,000 years, and since the practice of dropping leaves and other parts of plants into hot water probably wasn't exclusive to tea, it's likely tisanes have been around for at least as long.

Preserving the World's Land from Soil Degradation

Controlling and reducing soil degradation is a matter of raising awareness of the issue and encouraging innovative approaches in land management techniques. 

Bohemian-Style Cuisine in the Heart of Prague

On a recent trip to Prague, I got to taste true Bohemian food. Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and former capital of the region of Bohemia, which is where the food gets its name. Prague turned out to be more beautiful than any of the photos I have seen, and the locals are some of the friendliest people I have encountered in my many travels around the globe.

It's Tea Time!: A Guide to the Many Flavors of Tea

Floral, grassy, sweet, slightly bitter, nutty, astringent—only a few of the many flavors of tea. For us purists, tea is the beverage produced by adding hot water to leaves of Camellia sinensis, a shrub originating in Asia. So how do we get so many flavors and styles of tea, if it all comes from the same plant?

Try It Tuesday: Being Flexible, As Long As You Have the Time

I was happy to be assigned the Flexible Diet for our office diet challenge. What can be so hard about something that begins with “flexible”? I got the easiest one…or so I thought until I started reading about it. As it turns out, there is a lot of flexibility in terms of what you can eat, as long as “it fits your macros.” The first step was determining my optimal macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fat) ratio based on age, height, weight, and a few other factors.

3 Quotes That Stuck with Me from The Atlantic's “Resistance: The Antibiotics Challenge”

I always look forward to attending events organized by The Atlantic. They are informative, smart, and provide a balanced view of the topic presented.