Tag: Gates Foundation: The Story of Food

7 places around the world that have their own Thanksgiving-like holidays.

7 places around the world that have their own Thanksgiving-like holidays.

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Food is something we all have a connection with and not just because it keeps us alive. Beyond the whole survival thing, food has a deeper meaning to most of us beyond chew, swallow, repeat. It plays a key role in many special occasions, from birthdays to weddings to funerals to political and religious traditions. It serves as a centerpiece, gathering loved ones and strangers around it to feel comfort, energy, and security. No matter whats going on around you, a good meal has the power to make everything feel OK, at least while it's being consumed. As we honor Thanksgiving in the United States with turkey, green bean casserole (Midwest, represent!), and recliners, heres a fun look at how different cultures around the world do something quite similar. Koreans look forward to Chuse...
How some Syrian refugees can pay for food with the blink of an eye.

How some Syrian refugees can pay for food with the blink of an eye.

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"I used to be a farmer, growing tomatoes and potatoes ... I dream to go back home." It was 2012 when Abu Alaa finally decided to flee his country with his wife and five kids amidst the dangerous Syrian conflict that took the life of his brother and burned down his house. Still, it was hard for him to leave home. And it's hard for most people to even imagine being put in that situation to begin with. Image via Morgan Shoaff/Upworthy. Syrians like him have gone through unthinkable hardships in the past few years. Since 2011, more than 650,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Jordan for safety due to the ongoing conflict back home. They now make up 10% of Jordan's total population that's a lot of people to take in over such a short amount of time. While some countries have been cri...