Latin America

How Latin America took on childhood obesity

Illustration of a soda can that reads "no, gracias"
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The obesity epidemic grows by 3.6 million people annually in Latin America, prompting governments to take big steps to ensure that children grow up with healthy eating habits.

The big picture: "One country and one strategy at a time, the region has pushed back against sugary beverages and ultra-processed foods in an effort to escape the obesity epidemic that has overtaken the United States," the Washington Post writes.

Extremely dry conditions in Latin America are driving a surge in coffee prices

Local roasted coffee beans, Arabica, at the coffee farm La Victoria on August 19, 2016 in Minca, Colombia. The coffee is made for export. (Photo by EyesWideOpen/Getty Images)
Local roasted coffee beans, Arabica, in Minca, Colombia. Photo: EyesWideOpen/Getty Images

Extremely dry conditions in Latin America have led to a slowdown in coffee harvesting in Honduras, causing prices to surge 20% on the Intercontinental Exchange in recent weeks, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Driving the news: Coffee futures in mid-October were at $.93 a pound and have now reached around $1.157, spiking a total of 12% over two trading sessions last week alone, per the Journal.