Food shortages follow drought in Kenya

People are accustomed to drought conditions. But is there a new cycle where the droughts come more regularly, because of climate change?

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Average age of death in the UK

Instead of life expectancies, I was wondering how long people actually lived for.

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Epidemic of type 2 diabetes in children - is it real?

The fear that our kids are going to die young because of obesity is largely predicated on a steep rise in cases of type 2 diabetes, starting among children.

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Australia wants food to go the extra mile

Australian agriculture minister Tony Burke has laid into the idea that Europeans should buy local to protect the environment.

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Supermarkets to feel the pinch?

As food prices start to moderate - commodity prices are already in decline - the supermarkets are going to have to compete harder with each other to get customers in, which could cut their margins.

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Food prices: don’t turn a drama into a crisis

We could challenge the food crisis by calling on governments to remove the bizarre barriers to producing more food.

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From food to sex: defend spontaneity

Whether we’re drinking or fornicating, why are we always being told to ‘stop, think, proceed with caution’?

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Food price crisis: feasting on apocalyptic porn

Observers and officials are using reports of a food crisis to scaremonger about everything from population growth to modern technology.

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Food Price Crisis: the world won’t starve just yet

Prices have leapt due to growing demand, but we can feed the world if we refuse to allow irrational ideas – like environmentalism – to get in the way.

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Let’s call a ceasefire in the ‘war on obesity’

In tackling an imaginary fat epidemic, the government is intruding into our lives, guilt-tripping parents and stigmatising chubby children.

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