Senator George McGovern, Global Food Champion

Tributes are pouring in for the late US Senator George McGovern, who died yesterday at the age of 90. McGovern represented South Dakota. Very early in his career, he adopted a global outlook to the kinds of agricultural issues that dominated his state's economy.

Hunger Falling Worldwide

The three UN agencies dealing with food and development just released their flagshipState of Food Insecurity in the World 2012, which finds that nearly one in eight people around the world--or 870 million -- suffer from food insecurity.

Auf Wiedersehen Rinderpest!

Today, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization will announce that the cattle-plague Rinderpest has been officially eradicated from planet earth. This is a huge, huge achievement for humanity.