The Disaster Diet

In Haiti, our correspondent subsists on state-of-the-art survival food — high-energy cookies

Ariana Cubillos / AP

Tons of specifically formulated cookies have been distributed in Port-au-Prince.

When I was in Haiti covering the aftermath of the Jan. 12 monster earthquake, friends from around the world e-mailed or called to ask what it was like. Was the damage as extensive as it seemed on TV? How were the survivors coping? The question I was asked most of all: What are they doing for food? Many friends didn't believe my answer: "They're eating cookies."

Across the quake zone, relief agencies were quickly distributing some 30 tons of high-energy cookies that the World Food Programme (WFP) developed for just this kind of emergency. Each 100-g packet--that's roughly the weight of...

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