After earthquakes, rural Mexicans struggle to afford food

The two massive earthquakes that devastated Mexico in September left thousands of people homeless and drove up food costs in many of the affected areas. Even before the disaster, many Mexicans were already struggling with rising food and fuel costs. The Mexican peso hit an all-time low this year, in part because of trade threats from President Donald Trump. And now the earthquakes have made it even harder for low-income Mexicans to make ends meet. In the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, by early October federal disaster relief has started…

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How Food Motivated a Prison Escape and a Recovery From PTSD

Obviously, people do need food to survive. But we can, in some circumstances, stay alive for over an entire month without eating a single bite. Mahatma Gandhi once fasted for 21 days during one of 17 fasts that he undertook as part of his philosophy of Ahimsa, or non-violent protest. In contrast, the longest a person can survive sans water is much shorter, at a mere 8 to 10 days, and they would likely faint from dehydration multiple times within that time span. But while people may crave a glass of water when…

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Zomato to now offer ‘complementary’ food and drinks to its customers

Online restaurant discovering portal and food ordering app Zomato launched its ‘Zomato Gold’ programme on Wednesday. The new scheme is a paid subscription-based service, which will offer Zomato customers an access to complimentary food and drinks at over 1,200 top-rated restaurant partners once they place an order. The service – launched in the UAE and Portugal earlier this year – will be available at an inaugural price of Rs 299 (3-months) and Rs 999 (12-months). “We are super excited to bring Zomato Gold to India, and are sure our users, as…

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Warm Your Tummy This Winter With These 5 Special Comfort Food Recipes

Break-ups, fights, terminations and losing a loved one are events which do not have a season. And guess what’s common in all of them and other similar situations? Grief. Nah! Just kidding, it’s comfort food people! It always is. You know when you are sad or angry, all you need is food and not just any kind of food, comfort food. Comfort foods have a way of soothing any stressed soul like nothing else can. For some it may be a tub of ice-cream, for others it could be homemade rajma-chawal….

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The Future of Jamaican Fusion Food Is Now

aribbean food is king on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. Walking on the strip between Eastern Parkway and Empire Boulevard, it’s common to see a cloud of smoke puffing from black barrels on the curb. Chefs at Jamaican take-out restaurants use this method to grill jerk chicken, an island staple, packing the small-sized meals into a white styrofoam box, with a side of rice and peas, fried sweet plantains, and cabbage. I like my jerk hot, so I always request extra sauce. Growing up as a first-generation Jamaican-American in…

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People On The US Virgin Islands Can’t Get Food Aid Because There’s Still No Electricity

Dustin Kuster is still waiting for a large cooler he purchased online to arrive at his home so he can keep meat, cheese, and fresh foods on hand. Like about 80% of the US Virgin Islands’ 106,000 residents, the 41-year-old, his girlfriend, and her four children have been living without power since a pair of hurricanes pulverized the region more than six weeks ago. For his family and thousands of others without access to expensive generators, Kuster still can’t cook meals and is consuming mostly cold, salty, canned food. Residents…

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You’ve Never Heard Of Fexy, Amazon Prime’s Newest Food Partner

As it moves more aggressively into the food sector, Amazon is partnering with several well-established websites devoted to food and recipes. Its Prime members will see website buttons on those sites that link to food and kitchen equipment on Amazon’s pages. The industry newsletter Food Drive reports that the arrangement is with top sites owned by Fexy Media, Serious Eats and Simply Recipes. Special sponsored recipes on those sites will feature Amazon Prime “Buy Now” buttons that eligible shoppers can click to add ingredients to their carts. In turn, Prime Now’s site will also…

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Food Combinations: Should You be Pairing Curd with Fish?

What you eat matters a great deal but how you plan your meals holds greater significance. It is understood that many nutrients simply pass through the body without getting absorbed in the absence of another supporting micronutrient. Minerals, vitamins, nutrients and enzymes always work in tandem with each other to give our body a holistic nutritive supply. At times two such agents react in a way that may cause irritation or discomfort in the body. This piece – one out of many in the series of our planned articles on food…

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Poorest Countries Are Having Hardest Time Ramping Up Food Output

Countries that are most in need of more food to feed their impoverished populations tend to be the ones where farmers have the hardest time expanding production. In low-income nations, agricultural productivity rose at a rate of 1.24 percent annually as of 2017, according to an annual study from the Global Harvest Initiative, a research organization sponsored by Deere & Co., Monsanto Co., Smithfield Foods Inc. and other businesses and nonprofits. That’s down from last year and less than the 1.75 percent needed to meet food needs in 2050. “If agricultural productivity…

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Dark chocolate is now a health food. Here’s how that happened.

A year after James Cadbury, the 30-something great-great-great-grandson of the British chocolatier John Cadbury, launched his luxury cocoa startup in 2016, he introduced an avocado chocolate bar. Cadbury Jr.’s newest confection loaded just about every buzzy health trend into a fresh green-and-white package: vegan, ethically sourced, organic dark chocolate and creamy, superfood avocado. The company promised to deliver the nutrition of avocados — in a chocolate bar. Journalists were dazzled. Love Cocoa Wait, what? Make no mistake: This vegan avocado chocolate bar is candy. With nearly 600 calories and 43 grams of fat per 100-gram serving,…

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