Grain Reserves in an Unstable Climate

The ongoing drought in the U.S. and threats of food crises around the world point to the need for new solutions to cope with unstable weather and harvests. Since the first food price crisis in 2008, IATP, along with a growing number of civil society organizations, researchers and governments, have renewed and refocused work on grain reserves as a response to significantly diminished food stocks for international markets and an important instrument to build food security. In July 2012, IATP released Grain Reserves and the Food Price Crisis: Selected Writings from 2008--2012.

Posted October 15, 2012

Chicken, Life-threatening UTIs and Women's Health

With 6--8 million cases per year, urinary tract infections (UTIs) primarily impact women. As many as 85 percent of UTIs are caused by E. coli bacteria, most often a specific form of E. coli known as ExPEC. ExPEC are believed to cause up to 40,000 deaths from bloodstream infections each year. As they get more resistant to antibiotics, ExPEC infections and resulting deaths will rise. It's a troubling trend, given that these infections are already becoming more antibiotic resistant.

Posted August 08, 2012

Black Men in the Food System: Roles and Opportunities, Rural to Urban

Join three dynamic IATP Food and Community Fellows, Malik Yakini of the Detroit Black Food Security Network, Haile Johnston from Common Market Philadelphia, and Kelvin Graddick, a young farmer who manages the West Georgia Farmers Cooperative, as they discuss the roles and opportunities for Black men in the food system both through a rural and urban lens.

Posted July 20, 2012

The Autism Revolution: Thinking about environment and food

Conditions affecting children's behavior and brain development, like autism and ADHD, are exploding in prevalence. The CDC estimates autism now is diagnosed in 1-in-88 children, a more than 70 percent increase over just six years. These increases leave many parents, and clinicians, with questions about what's causing autism and how we can work to prevent it.

Posted July 11, 2012

What's at Stake in the 2012 Farm Bill? Health, Innovation and Equity

Named one of "Nine Innovative Food Websites You Can't Live Without" by Forbes, IATP's What's at Stake Series takes a fresh look at seven key issues for the 2012 Farm Bill. As debate of the 2012 farm bill continues, this webinar will highlight three key issues from the IATP series: health, equity and publicly funded research. Jennifer Billig will discuss how food and agricultural policy is disconnected from concerns for public health even though the health impacts of the farm bill are considerable.

Posted June 26, 2012

Chemical policy reform webinar

Why did an entrepreneur have to start his own toxic-free mattress company? Why does a health care company care about how chemicals are regulated? Join us for a free webinar and hear from two companies that support better chemicals regulation to meet their business needs.

Posted May 16, 2012

Creating Just and Healthy Food Systems: The Role of Professional Associations

Food systems are big and controlled by powerful interests. To overcome inertia and realize a healthier, more just food system will take the strength of numbers. Professional associations can not only bring numbers, but also the resources of their staff and combined membership.

Posted April 25, 2012

Exporting Obesity? The Link Between Trade, Diet and Health

Global diets are increasingly facing the dual challenge of undernourishment and obesity. UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, has released a new report calling for a reassessment of unhealthy food systems in both rich and poor countries. Both are increasingly characterized by an abundance of low nutrition, high calorie, processed foods. A recent study by Sarah Clark, Corinna Hawkes, Sophia Murphy, Karen Hansen-Kuhn and David Wallinga in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health examines the role U.S.

Posted April 19, 2012

Arsenic, Organic Formula and the Food System

A new study by Dartmouth finds high-level arsenic in rice, particularly brown rice syrup -- a sugar substitute used in formula, cereal bars and other kids' foods. 

Levels in organic formula were 20 times higher than in non-organic varieties.

Posted March 29, 2012

A Risky Proposition: Crop Insurance and Climate Change

In 2011, a year of record floods and droughts, federal spending on crop insurance outpaced commodity crop subsidies. What does it mean to make crop insurance the largest source of federal support for farmers with the growing threat of climate change? Join experts on climate change and crop insurance to learn how climate change will affect crop insurance, and about what might be done to insulate farmers from some of the effects of extreme weather.

Posted February 21, 2012