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Eating for the Health of You and the Earth
03/25/2013 - April 22, 2013, marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day and we can make positive changes by considering how our dietary choices impact the planet. Diet is an important tool for health and to achieve environmental sustainability. Our current food policies and dietary habits have put us on a path towards an environmental
Farm Bill 2008: Childhood Obesity, Health Disparities, and Federal Nutrition Policy
07/26/2011 - Childhood Obesity, Health Disparities, and Federal Nutrition Policy Neal D. Barnard, M.D. Childhood obesity and the adult diseases with which it is associated are major threats to Americans. Overweight and obesity now affect the majority of the U.S. population, increasing the risk of diabetes, hypertension, and h
Agricultural Subsidies' Impact on Health Emphasized in New Institute of Medicine Report
06/24/2011 - Federal agricultural subsidies impact public health. That’s according to a report the Institute of Medicine Committee on Public Health Strategies to Improve Health released this week. The report states that federal agriculture subsidies are enacted mainly with agricultural, economic, and trade objectives in mind,
Farm Bill Should Encourage Healthier Diets
06/01/2011 - By Caroline Trapp, M.S.N., C.D.E. This opinion piece was printed in the Detroit News on June 1, 2011 The term “specialty crop” sounds like it might refer to starfruit, pumello, or another exotic fruit that looks alien next to the more mainstream grocery store produce offerings. You wouldn’t think
Agriculture and Health Policies in Conflict: How Subsidies Tax our Health: Government Support for Unhealthful Foods
04/13/2011 -   Government Support for Unhealthful Foods Agricultural Subsidy Programs The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) supports agricultural producers through a variety of programs29 that tend to favor, either directly or indirectly, the production of unhealthful foods. These are the same foods that are implica
Agriculture and Health Policies in Conflict: How Subsidies Tax our Health: Agricultural Policies Versus Health Policies
04/13/2011 -   Agricultural Policies Versus Health Policies One way to evaluate how agricultural support programs affect consumption and thus health is to evaluate their impact on price and food availability. However, the relationship between federal subsidies and retail prices of commodity products is complex, in part
Agriculture and Health Policies in Conflict: How Subsidies Tax our Health: Conclusion and References
04/13/2011 -   Conclusion Current programs that subsidize feed grains or provide direct subsidies and other supports for meat or dairy production are at odds with federal health recommendations. From a public health perspective, altering federal agricultural policies is a key part of addressing the epidemics of obesity

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