There were infinite (and well-documented) reasons why it was a terrible idea to invest millions of dollars in getting Afghans to grow soybeans. But the United States did it anyway.
A recent muckraking report is a black eye for McDonald's and KFC, but also for the country's regulators.
A New York tycoon won a sweetheart deal to build a massive "sustainable" palm oil plantation in Cameroon. What followed were accusations of intimidation, corruption, bribery, and deceit.
In Central Asia, nations turn on nations and neighbors turn on neighbors -- all for a precious drop to drink.
How an American agribusiness giant's alleged bribes illustrate Ukraine's endemic graft problem.
A tribute to the home cooks of the Red Empire, who turned mass production, propaganda, and want into a cuisine.
How one of the world’s major shipping companies is hindering the fight against world hunger.
Did local democracy help or hinder post-2001 Afghanistan? An MIT study comes up with some surprising insights.
In which your humble correspondent breaks bread with the Uighur democracy movement in Arlington, Virginia.
Two mega-companies are trying to seize control of the world's cocoa supply. What that means for poor African farmers and your favorite chocolate bar.
The Syrian regime is blocking delivery of vital food, medical, and humanitarian aid. And with winter coming, thousands of lives hang in the balance.
Why feeding China's 1.3 billion people could leave the rest of the world hungry.
Can food grow in a nuclear wasteland? Scientists in Kazakhstan may be close to an answer.
Why some Indians are still fighting back against the country's new biometric ID system.
A journey with food writer Mark Bittman into the bellies of America's enemies.
It's Americans, not Mexicans, who are responsible for the rise of margaritas and moles north of the border.
Zimbabwe is bouncing back from recent history's most shocking economic slump. Or is it?
The new immigration bill doesn't do nearly enough to address America's real labor shortage.
Six regional chains that are learning to compete with U.S. fast-food giants.