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Paper – Food Insecurity, Health, and Health Care

Hilary Seligman MD MAS, January 24, 2016. Lead Scientist and Senior Medical Advisor, Feeding America; Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of California San Francisco; Director, Food Policy, Health, and Hunger Research Program, UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital Food Insecurity, Health, and Health Care.
“Summary – This paper summarizes research on the connections between food insecurity and health. Food insecurity experienced at any time across the lifespan has an adverse impact of health. This adverse impact is often apparent as a cycle of food insecurity, coping mechanisms to protect against the sensation of hunger, and chronic disease. A growing body of evidence suggests that the detrimental impact of food insecurity on health has important consequences for U.S. health care expenditures. These costs are borne substantially by Medicare and Medicaid. Over the long term, prevention of food insecurity is likely to be more cost-effective than treating the consequences of food insecurity…”

By the Numbers: The Costs of War and Peace in the Middle East

World Bank – By the Numbers: The Costs of War and Peace in the Middle East – Five years of war in Syria and spillovers to neighboring countries have cost an estimated $35 billion in output, equivalent to Syria’s GDP in 2007. A new report examines how civil wars are affecting the economies of theContinue Reading

Federal agencies announce proposal creating U.S. seafood traceability program

NOAA news release: “Today, the National Ocean Council Committee to Combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud announced its proposal for creating a U.S. seafood traceability program — the next step the U.S. government is taking to ensure that global seafood resources are sustainably managed and not fraudulently marketed.  The proposal, a majorContinue Reading

Census Bureau Releases First 2012 Economic Census Product Lines Reports

“The Census Bureau today released the first product lines reports from its 2012 Economic Census Subject Series. These reports present national and state-level data at the two through six- or seven-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) level. They provide statistics on number of establishments and sales/receipts/revenue by products and contributing industry. Reports were released for theContinue Reading

Subcommittee on Nutrition RE: Past, Present, and Future of SNAP

U.S. House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition – Addressing Special Populations, Testimony of Abby J. Leibman, President and CEO MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Washington, DC, January 12, 2016. “Perhaps the  best way to prevent hunger among veterans is to protect and strengthen the SNAP program. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that SNAPContinue Reading

UN Global Humanitarian Overview 2016

“The outlook for 2016 is grim. Millions of civilians, uprooted from their homes by violent and prolonged conflict, will remain in desperate need of protection and humanitarian assistance. About 60 million people are displaced around the world, and more than a quarter of these displacements are due to the conflicts in Iraq, South Sudan andContinue Reading

U.S. Conference of Mayors Releases 22-City Survey on Hunger and Homelessness

U.S. Conference of Mayors Releases 2015 Hunger and Homelessness Survey: Press Release | Download the Report | “Sixty-six percent of the survey cities reported that the number of requests for emergency food assistance increased over the past year. Among people requesting emergency food assistance, 67 percent were persons in families, 42 percent were employed, 23Continue Reading

Impact of food waste on humans, world wildlife, environment

“Food wastage: Key facts and figures via FAO The global volume of food wastage is estimated at 1.6 billion tonnes of “primary product equivalents.” Total food wastage for the edible part of this amounts to 1.3 billion tonnes. Food wastage’s carbon footprint is estimated at 3.3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent of GHG released intoContinue Reading

2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

“The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines is designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet. Intended for policymakers and health professionals, this edition of the Dietary Guidelines outlines how people can improve their overall eating patterns — the complete combination of foods and drinks in their diet. This edition offers 5 overarching Guidelines and a number ofContinue Reading

FDA is banning unsafe chemicals used in pizza boxes

“The agency says new data show that perfluoroalkyl ethyls, used to keep paper packaging dry (think microwave popcorn bags and sandwich wrappers), may not be safe for food contact. In response to a petition from several advocacy groups (including NRDC), the FDA will ban three specific types of the chemicals.” Food Safety News

Study Overuse of pesticides by Chinese farmers and devastating results

Susanna Pilny – “While the Great Recession is over, many of its aftereffects are still being felt—especially in China, where a shift in agricultural practices driven by the economic crisis may have devastating results, according to a new study that spanned 10 years. In the early 2000s, the Chinese government decided to invest in chemicalContinue Reading

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