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Stories about Food

11 May 2015

Thank the Ottoman Empire for That Taco You're Eating

Taco al pastor, the classic Mexican street food that’s popular in the US, has roots in a surprising place: the Middle East.

6 May 2015

Who Says Desert Climates Can’t Rock Agriculture? Check Out the Gulf Nations at EXPO 2015

Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE participate in Milan's Expo 2015 with well designed pavilions to introduce the world to their agrarian and food culture.

3 May 2015

The Wayúu Indigenous Community in Colombia and Venezuela Is Dying of Thirst

The main river running through the community's region was dammed with its water privatized for the world's largest coal mine and commercial agriculture.

25 April 2015

Tunisia Looks to Tap Into Its History and Push Its Olive Oil Front and Center

The so-called Arab Spring gave Tunisia international name recognition. Now Tunisia wants to be known for something else — its olive oil.

19 April 2015

Head to the US-Mexico Border and Find a Chinese Food Scene Like None Other

Avocado in fried rice and Mexican-style beef with asparagus are just some of the dishes you’ll find. And their backstory dates back more than 130 years.

7 April 2015

Syria's Yarmouk Camp Between the Hammer of Hunger and the Anvil of Extremism

After almost two years of starving them to death, both Assad and ISIS forces are competing on killing those left alive in the Yarmouk Camp for Palestinians refugees in Damascus.

3 April 2015

Spreading the Seed of Permaculture from Timor-Leste to the Tropical World

A crowdfunding campaign aims at making The Tropical Permaculture Guidebook a reality - a practical reference guide for implementing permaculture techniques that are specific to tropical climates.

26 March 2015

‘Diner en Blanc’ Fans the Flames of Jamaica's Social and Economic Divide

'Diner en Blanc' is a worldwide phenomenon - but staging it in economically challenged Jamaica, with its ever-widening gap between the haves and have nots, has left a bitter taste.

23 March 2015

Six Reasons You Should Visit Malapascua, Philippines, at Least Once in Your Life

The Bridge

Deciding which of the 7,000 Philippine islands to visit is no easy task. Marie Bohner makes a strong case for one in particular.

18 March 2015

Looking Beyond Boko Haram: Rediscovering the Ténéré Desert in Niger

Rising Voices

Niger is at war with Boko Haram. Let's not forget, though, that Niger is also home to many projects and is a land full of natural beauty and poetry.

11 March 2015

Katsuo Ningen, the Humanoid Severed Fish Head That Won Japan's Heart

In a country used to mascots, even Japanese people are surprised by "Bonito Man," better known as Katsuo Ningen, who represents one of Japan's most isolated prefectures.

26 February 2015

How Did Palm Oil Become Such a Problem—and What Can We Do About It?

Production of palm oil is devastating for the environment. Solutions are complex, but they exist.

12 February 2015

Hungry for a Meme? Try Japan's ‘English French Toast’

This isn't exactly high-end fusion food. The somewhat contradictory nature of the local Japanese treat's name has become a minor Internet meme.

17 December 2014

Small Fries, Big Problems for Japan's McDonald's

A port strike in the U.S. is causing a potato shortage in Japan and affecting McDonald's menus. But the company has more to worry about than just French fry rationing.

15 December 2014

A First Glimpse of Christmas in Trinidad and Tobago

If you've never experienced a Caribbean Christmas - or even if you have - this peek into how Trinidad and Tobago celebrates will get you into the Christmas spirit!

6 December 2014

Spending Christmas Eve Alone? Japanese Has a Word for That

"At work a bunch of the junior staff were discussing their kuribotchi plans. 'And just what the heck is kuribotchi?' I asked with a laugh. There was an awkward silence."

22 November 2014

Waited All Year for That Christmas Cake? If You're in Japan, Welcome to the Butter Shortage

The shortage in the lead-up to Christmas has coined a new Internet meme in Japan: butter refugees.

18 November 2014

Japan's Appetite Is Pushing Bluefin Tuna to the Brink

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has placed bluefin tuna on its Red List of endangered species. Japan consumes about a quarter of the world's tuna catch.

8 October 2014

Could Women Be Banned from Buying Alcohol in Myanmar?

Myanmar's alcohol consumption is the lowest in Southeast Asia, but many claim that this is now changing. Authorities are reportedly discussing banning women from buying alcohol in certain areas.

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