food nutrition and health
Dr. Brian Frank practices family medicine Portland, Oregon and is part of a growing movement in health care that helps food insecure patients access healthy, locally-grown produce through community supported agriculture, vouchers for farmers' markets and "food pharmacies" at hospitals. Such forward-thinking strategies are a win-win for both patients and local economies.
We talk with Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest Food Bank, about what inspires her, what she would change about the food system and how technology has helped her group fight hunger and food waste.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it is taking steps to reduce arsenic exposure in infants, and has proposed guidelines for infant feeding to reduce arsenic in babies' diets. Good news for parents!
Maybe you've heard that meat is cancer - not true. The nuance of all of this might be lost amidst the news and social media buzz ever since a WHO study announced that processed and red meat might increase your chance of cancer. Hold on - and no need to worry - we'll help sort it out.
The production of milk - overwhelmingly milk from cows - is a massive industry that employs thousands of people. And, with wide differences between how milk is produced in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations versus the methods of smaller sustainable farmers, knowing what milk to buy is important.
Consumer Reports tested 458 pounds of ground beef and discovered alarming rates of bacterial contamination. They also compared conventionally produced beef to more sustainably produced beef, revealing significant differences.
You've probably heard the statistic that nearly 15 percent of households experience food insecurity in the US - a percentage that may make you wonder what you can do to help. Read on for our top picks on how you (and our government, too!) can make a difference.
Millions of Americans struggle to access healthful foods on a daily basis. In our last post on the topic, we discussed the reasons so many people experience food insecurity and how lack of access to good food impacts everyone in the United States - making it impossible for us to achieve true sustainability. The good news is that many organizations and programs are working to help solve this problem. Read on to learn more.
We've all heard it many times from our mothers, doctors and even Michelle Obama: eat more fruits and vegetables. But for millions of Americans, finding fresh food can be difficult. Local and organic food has become popular in mainstream culture, but a truly sustainable food system is impossible unless everyone can afford, and has access to, fresh, healthful food.
The days of notoriously "bleh" hospital food could be at an end. Thanks to these nifty tricks that hospitals are using to go local and sustainable, these centers for healthcare are starting to walk the talk by sourcing - and growing - fresh ingredients for their patients, staff and surrounding communities. It's good for everybody.
Right now, the federal government is working on several major pieces of legislation that will have a significant impact on the food we eat. Want to learn more? We've developed the cheat sheet below with summaries of the bills, reasons why they are important for consumers and ways to get involved.
American agricultural products are used in food, fuel and other goods marketed to consumers around the world. Too often, however, policy makers and businesses overlook the implications of this interconnectivity when making decisions about food consumption here in the US. That's why a systemic approach to policymaking matters!
While food directly impacts health, the US healthcare system fails to address the importance of food as a preventative tool in personal and public health. Dr. Robert Graham spoke with us about his work to bring a more sustainable approach to medicine, and explained why sustainable food can play a big role in keeping people healthy.
Did you make a resolution to work out more? Here are some easy ways to reduce the environmental impact of your new exercise routine!
Conventional wisdom tells us that raising cattle is surely bad for the environment and that eating red meat, and beef in particular, is surely bad for us. In her new book, Nicolette Hahn Niman challenges these assumptions and offers a well-researched alternative to those ideas.
Ever found yourself in a grocery aisle stymied over competing labels and claims, wondering which food is the best buy for you? Good news - help is here! And regardless of how much you know about the healthiness of food, Stefanie Sacks' astoundingly helpful new book has something for you.