China Elaborates Law to Enhance Food Safety

On May 2nd, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) of China issued Interpretations on food safety criminal cases. The next day, a spokesman of the SPC further elaborated on the Interpretations during a… Read More

East African Women’s Leadership Initiative – April Update on the Kenyan Students

April has been a busy and productive month for the Kenyan students in the East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative. The Kenyan students spent six weeks completing a basic computer course at Lewisa College of Professional Studies in… Read More

Sustaining Agro-Forests

Last week, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization held its first International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition in attempts to raise awareness of the contribution of forests to food security, economic development, and ecosystem… Read More

Meat and the Avian Flu

China’s latest avian flu outbreak, H7N9, has led to at least 126 infections and 24 deaths, with one confirmed case crossing national borders to Taiwan. The World Health Organization has stated this flu strain is a “serious threat”… Read More

Updates on the Avian Flu, and Will It Foster Changes in China’s Animal Farming System?

It has been a month since the first case of the human-infected influenza A (H7N9) was reported. By May 1st, the virus had been diagnosed in 128 people and has killed 27 people since March. Recently, a booklet… Read More

Rethinking Agriculture: National Climate Assessment Provides (Another) Reason

[Note: this blog was published originally on the Huffington Post.] It’s Earth Week, a good time to celebrate the natural environment and also examine some of the ways we use — and abuse — Earth’s resources and climate…. Read More

East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative: Exam Results and the Kenyan Election

As American high school seniors around the United States are currently deciding where they are going to college, the Kenyan East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative students have been finding out about their end of year examinations. All… Read More

Healthful Fast Food: A Gateway to Sustainable Food Habits?

Adopting a meat-free diet has positive implications on the environment. We’ve seen how the increased consumption of meat around the world increases greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and is a major factor in climate change. But is adopting a… Read More

When Anti-Waste Becomes A Movement in China

During an interview with Legal Weekly, Mr. Xu Zhijun, the initiator of the food waste campaign “Operation Empty Plate”, said he did not want the operation to become a movement. While the campaign received endorsement from Mr. Xi… Read More

Antibiotics in Pig Farming: How We Poisoned Ourselves

On March 15, 2011, World Consumer Rights Day, the clenbuterol pork scandal was exposed in China and shocked meat-lovers with this health-threatening “lean meat powder” used to make animals grow muscle rather than fat. But in addition to… Read More