Tag Archives: Food

Addressing hunger in Tamilnadu

Dhastagir Sultan Sheriff Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India   “There’s enough food on this planet for everyone’s needs but not for everyone’s greed.” – Mohandas Gandhi Around 800 million people suffer from hunger globally, a number that may double by 2050. Chronic hunger creates a vicious cycle of malnutrition, stunted growth, and childhood death before the […]

The fern that makes you fat: access to traditional foods in the Canadian oil sands

Janelle Baker Alberta, Canada   Introduction: the big flame   Figure 1. Virginia Stewart holding Dryopteris expansa at Pelican Portage Elder Virginia Stewart from Bigstone Cree Nation crouched down near her family’s derelict home to pull out a “spreading wood fern” or “broad spinulose shieldfern” (Dryopteris expansa) (see Turner et al. 1992) frond and fresh roots, […]

The modern drought

Ana Paula Bottle León Queretaro, Mexico   Children playing in Azcapotzalco, one of the delegations that struggles with the shortage of water. In any adventure film or novel where the main character gets stranded on an island, a mountain, or in the middle of the woods, an unquestionable priority is to find a source of […]

Are we gorging on autonomy?

Oliver William Morriss Cambridge, England   Ulysses and the Sirens 1891, John William Waterhouse. The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia     A potentially fatal crisis in the contemporary world threatens the very foundations of public health, in that what were formerly known as “diseases of affluence,” namely stroke, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, have […]

Half-digested clues

Sarah Kearns Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA     Tolland Man seems to be sleeping peacefully, perfectly preserved with his sheepskin cap upon his head – and noose around his neck. On a warm spring day in Denmark in 1950 two brothers, Viggo and Emil Hojgaard, ventured out into the marshlands to gather peat to make fuel. […]

Hospital as host: a lesson from the Renaissance

John David Ike Durham, North Carolina, United States Ruth M. Parker Atlanta, Georgia, United States   Domenico di Bartolo and others, Pellegrinaio of Santa Maria Della Scala, Siena, Italy.  Introduction Nestled in the rolling hills of Tuscany atop a jutted butte lies the historic city of Siena, Italy. Regarded as an important site in Renaissance […]

Fufu and the body

Princewill Udom Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria     Fufu. Photo by Princewill Udom Fufu, West Africa’s finest local delicacy, continues to maintain its scintillating sheen, especially in Nigeria. The congealed, doughy, smooth, white lump of processed cassava meal remains as popular as ever. Made from cassava, a root crop widely cultivated in West Africa, […]

Our recipes reflect our genetic makeup

Margit Burmeister Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States   Central European recipes often call for soft cheese, such as the filling of this dish known as Topfenpalatschinken in Austria, cheese blintzes in Israel and the US, and crêpes au fromage in France. Europeans eat cream, yogurt, and lots of cheese. Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine feature […]

The story of chocolate

Merve Berber Ankara, Turkey     An Aztec woman generates foam by pouring chocolate from one vessel to another From the Codex Tudela Chocolatl, meaning “bitter water,” was the earliest form of chocolate. It was a beverage that contained the seed of the cocoa tree (Theobroma cacao) and was consumed by the pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations of […]

Unlocking the secrets of longevity: the potential of Cannonau

Samuele Cannas Pisa, Italy   Bunch of Cannonau Grapes Ampélographie Viala et Vermorel   “O gentlemen, the time of life is short!/To spend that shortness basely were too long,/If life did ride upon a dial’s point,/Still ending at the arrival of an hour.” – William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I, Act V, scene 2   […]