Some other go-to-sources of information on food and nutrition policy, science and culture including websites, reports, books, twitter feeds etc.

copyright: Paul Vincent

copyright: Paul Vincent

Food politics + Culture

  • Marion Nestle’s blog with more of a U.S. centric take on food politics. She also has a book of the same name.

  • Civil Eats is a daily news source on the politics of the American food system. Founded by Naomi Starkman, they publish stories that “shift the conversation around sustainable agriculture in an effort to build economically and socially just communities.”

  • NPR’s The Salt is a great mainstream news resource on all things food, but has plenty of pieces of food politics.

  • The New Food Economy is a “newsroom” that reports on “the forces shaping how and what we eat.” Founded by Jeffrey Kittay, I find their stories well-written and quite unbiased.

  • This is just too cool. The site “mammamiaaaa” is dedicated to curating social food projects through recipes and communities of practice. You my start drooling is your explore the site. Consider yourself warned…

  • Mark Bittman and friends have just launched (as of early 2019) Salty (love the name although maybe controversial in some nutrition camps). It is an all-food site that “explores food and everything that it touches: agriculture, politics and labor; culture and cooking; identity, family and love.” The landing page has Bittman frying burgers. Hmmm…I am indeed intrigued.

  • The Centre for Food Policy at City University London has a whole bunch of papers including some policy briefs that are coming out in 2019 on food policy. They will continue to publish briefs on food policy Here is the first one to wet your beak.

  • The NOURISHING database systematically lists implemented polices to promote healthy diets & reduce obesity. Good stuff here.

  • Taste is a great sight for food lovers. It is not just about cooking but has great articles on the origins of foods, stories of food culture and recipes of course.

  • Eater is fantastic for finding restaurants where you live or a city you are traveling to. It is my often go to source if I need information on new restaurants.

nutrition + Diets

  • The Global Nutrition Report is an annually produced report on the global state of nutrition and progress to tackle malnutrition.

  • The UNSCN website (United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition) is a useful resource for nutrition news stemming from the UN agencies who work on nutrition. Lots of resources on this site as well.

  • The Guardian News, based out of the UK, has a “malnutrition” page as part of their global development series that presents news, comment and features on malnutrition, with a focus in the developing world. There are only about 1 or 2 posts on this a month.

  • Development Horizons, a blog curated by Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director of GAIN and World Food Prize winner, posts interesting reflections and ideas on how to tackle malnutrition. He is a great writer and thought provoking. He posts about 1-2x a month.

  • Kelly Brownell at Duke’s World Food Policy Center started a great podcast “The Leading Voices in Food.” He interviews thought leaders in the space, and covers a wide range of topics in nutrition and foods systems. Good stuff.

  • Another good podcast, although it has just started is NPR’s Life Kit on Eat Your Way to a Healthy Life also has great, sound advice on all things diets and nutrition.

  • The Global Food Fortification Data Exchange has some great content on all things food fortification including legislation status, standards, population coverage etc. You can download dashboards or their full data set.

  • Solving India’s malnutrition is the mother of all mothers. POSHAN, an initiative, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to analyze existing nutrition programs and mobilize a base for action in India is trying to do just that. Led by the amazing Purnima Menon, the site has a rich source of information on all things India nutrition, and even more so, South Asia.

  • As much as we wish undernutrition was no longer a global problem, unfortunately it is. The State of Acute Malnutrition site is rich in acute malnutrition data which tracks over 20 indicators including prevalence, incidence and coverage. It also has lots of resources and program highlights. It is supported by No Wasted Lives.

  • Task Force on Fiscal Policy for Health examines excise tax policy for health, including barriers to implementation, and make recommendations on how countries can best leverage fiscal policies to yield improved health outcomes for their citizens with the added benefit of bringing in additional revenue. Good stuff including case studies on sugar taxes.

  • Nutrition Connect is an initiative of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). Nutrition Connect’s purpose is to “mobilize knowledge, share experiences, and stimulate dialogue on public private engagements (PPE) for nutrition.” 


  • The UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s State of Food Insecurity report, also known as “SOFI.” An annual report examining progress made towards ending hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. Always has a theme. For 2018, it was climate change.

  • The Food Security Portal is an open-access data hub that brings international, regional, and country-level data, news and research to monitor food security. It is hosted by IFPRI. A bit unwieldy, but has a ton of information if you poke around.

  • The Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics has a great weekly roundup on all things food. Sign up to get the newsletter in your inbox here. Click on "Global Food Ethics Project News Roundup.

  • The Food Climate Research Network, also known as FCRN is a great site started by Tara Garnett at Oxford University. It synthesizes and communicates research at the intersection of food, climate, and broader sustainability issues. Really good stuff that is updated regularly.

  • Luigi Guarino and Jeremy Cherfas (of Eat This Podcast) have been going at this Agrobiodiverse blog dedicated to agriculture biodiversity for a good long time, and I think I can rightly say, these guys know their stuff. They are also critical of what comes out in the food security and nutrition space, and usually…they are right.

  • Ecoagriculture Partners, started by Sara Scherr also has great blog posts and other info. The site focuses more on ecosystem services and landscape studies.

  • The EAT Forum has a couple of podcasts that are worth a listen. One is the Food Can Fix It podcast that “talks to the leaders on the frontlines of the food revolution”. The other is led by the EAT team called Let’s Rethink Food and it discusses findings from the EAT Lancet Commission report.

  • Within the World Resource Institute’s website, they have space dedicated to all things food. They focus mainly on sustainability issues. They also have a great blog called “Insights” that is dedicated to issues of development and sustainability. Good stuff.

  • The UK’s Global Food Security program focuses on food-related research. Their website is rich with content.

  • The Southern Africa Food Lab is a great site rich in content on southern African food systems with some great blogs and videos.

  • The Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition — B4FN for short — has lots of resources, case studies, e-learning materials and a food composition database with 185 indigenous species. Good stuff coming out of Bioversity and my buds, Danny and Teresa with colleagues from around the world.

  • The Lexicon is a great site that goes into story telling of all things food. Beautifully done.