Monday, September 17, 2007

A handful of links

"Food for Thought," an interdisciplinary program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, dedicated to "food information, food consumerism, nutrition, and health."

McMichael, Powles, and colleagues in the Lancet this week: "To prevent increased greenhouse-gas emissions from this production sector, both the average worldwide consumption level of animal products and the intensity of emissions from livestock production must be reduced."

U.S. News and World Report last month covered the painfully difficult policy dilemmas at stake in recommendations about folate fortification. Folate, of course, is protective against birth defects and it may also be protective against the formation of some types of cancer. At the same time, Joel Mason at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts has been exploring whether folate may promote the growth of cancerous cells in the colon after they have begun to reproduce improperly. From the newsmagazine: "What we've discovered," says Joel Mason, a Tufts University gastroenterologist, "is that folate seems to have a paradoxical effect."

A discussion on NPR about a proposed restriction on fast food restaurants in South Los Angeles.

A new website on ending childhood hunger around the world, with plenty of video content.

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