The delicate, difficult struggle to get healthy food in rural West Virginia | News

Editor’s note: This article was first printed by Mountain State Spotlight on Jan. 26. CLAY — On a recent weekday, Sarah Williams was doing what she does most Tuesday mornings: Waiting for a weekly delivery of produce, meat and dairy products for her mom-and-pop grocery store, Small Town Market. “You know it’s Tuesday, but you … Read more

Russia’s war in Ukraine sparked a historic food crisis. It’s not over

London CNN — Grain is once again leaving Ukrainian ports. The price of fertilizer is falling sharply. Billions of dollars in aid has been mobilized. Yet the world is still in the grips of the worst food crisis in modern history, as Russia’s war in Ukraine shakes global agricultural systems already grappling with the effects … Read more

Why inflation hit these 10 items hardest in 2022

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images Inflation popped in 2022 to a level unseen in four decades. But prices ballooned more rapidly for certain items than others, largely concentrated among food, fuel and airfare. Some of those swings were due to outward factors that extended beyond broad inflationary pressures such as snarled supply chains, labor … Read more

Here’s why egg prices surged in 2022 even as the cost of chicken eases

D3 sign | moment | Getty Images The surge in egg prices has stood out in a year when Americans saw their bills balloon across the grocery store. Average egg prices jumped 49.1% in November compared with those a year earlier — the largest annual percentage increase among all grocery items in that period, according … Read more

Ivory Coast battles chocolate companies to improve farmers’ lives | Agriculture

Soubre, Ivory Coast – On a small cocoa plantation in the southwest of Ivory Coast, a group of men hack away at the yellow and red fruit used to make chocolate. The farmers race against time, working tirelessly on individual plots of land to collect as many cocoa beans as possible during the West African … Read more

Ivory Coast battles chocolate companies to improve farmers’ lives | Agriculture

Soubre, Ivory Coast – On a small cocoa plantation in the southwest of Ivory Coast, a group of men hack away at the yellow and red fruit used to make chocolate. The farmers race against time, working tirelessly on individual plots of land to collect as many cocoa beans as possible during the West African … Read more

Lab-grown meat could be served up for dinner soon. What does it taste like?

Oxford, England CNN — The meatball tastes like meat, an accomplishment in itself. It’s a bit dense and on the smaller side — not exactly the classic version you imagine melting in your mouth at an Italian restaurant with red-checkered tablecloths and a parmesan wheel. But it’s well browned on the outside, and the flavor … Read more

Researchers warn how a looming “insect apocalypse” will remove healthy foods from global diets

14 Dec 2022 — A new study to be published today in Environmental Health Perspectives, explores the relationship between pollination and healthy diets. Based in Boston, US, the researchers argued that inadequate pollination levels have resulted in a production decrease of 3% to 5% of fruits, vegetables and nuts, estimated to have caused 427,000 deaths … Read more

Meta-analysis reveals how crowds may change gene expression in some insects

Newswise — A grasshopper hatched in a crowded environment may look and behave differently than a grasshopper hatched in isolation — even if they have the same genes. The mechanism of this density-dependent phenomenon, called polyphenism, is well-documented in both aphids and locusts, but how genes regulate these traits has remained shrouded until now. Researchers … Read more

Chicken prices are finally starting to fall

new York CNN Business — Over the past year, as some meat prices have fallen, chicken prices have remained stubbornly high. Strong demand, supply issues and even breeding problems with under-performing roosters kept the pressure on. The supply shortage even had some restaurants, like Wingstop, experimenting with less popular items like thighs. But now conditions … Read more