But while at first glance the global trend lines still look promising, Vos says a closer look at the statistics reveal stubborn problems that threaten that rosy picture. Increasingly this year, he says, cracks are starting to show

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Tasia Smith: “Politicians and scholars sometimes cast obesity as a problem that largely afflicts the poor. But as most obese adults aren’t poor and most low-income adults aren’t obese, this is a misconception”

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Our Jess Fanzo is among the guests on the Better Business Show Podcast, reporting on the global food crisis at the Planting Seeds for the Future of Food conference in Vevey, Switzerland

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It’s a standard sign at many convenience and grocery stores around the country, usually posted near the prepared food line and aimed at customers paying by Electronic Benefits Transfer, the debit card for food stamps

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When Lanarion Norwood Jr. was 9 years old, he opened his family’s refrigerator to find it almost empty. His grandmother, unemployed because of disability, had run out of food for the month. So Norwood did what many young children adamantly resist: He went to bed early. Sleeping, he reasoned, would help him suppress hunger, and he knew the next day he could eat at his Atlanta school

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In the early 2000s, the Ethiopian government began to train and employ thousands of women to do something incredibly important: deliver effective, modern birth control straight to women’s doorsteps. The results, Asnake says, are astounding: Ethiopia’s use of modern contraceptives has essentially tripled over a decade

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The problem isn’t willpower. It’s neuroscience. You can’t — and shouldn’t — fight back.

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UN Dreams Big

September 25, 2015

17 huge new goals to build a better world. UN member states are set to adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals. The goals are meant to guide development priorities around the globe over the next 15 years

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