Driven to Distraction: Food, chemicals and child behavior

IATP's Healthy Food action and the American Nurses Association bring you "Driven to Distraction: Food, chemicals and child behavior."

Posted February 08, 2012

Visualizing Health and the Farm Bill

With an eye toward envisioning a Farm Bill that promotes health, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's Jennifer Billig will provide an overview of the Farm Bill and its intersections with public health, including the kinds of farming and eating the bill currently supports.

Posted January 12, 2012

Farm Bill 101

The Farm Bill always seems to be part of the food and justice conversation, yet few of us feel fluent in the language of this massive piece of legislation. How does it affect our work on the ground? Who has the power to influence it? Why is it so darn hard to understand?

In this fellows-only webinar, we'll trace a brief history of the Farm Bill, give some context on its current state, and present some possibilities for influence.

Presenters will be:

Mark Muller, a veteran of Midwest and sustainable-agriculture Farm Bill organizing, and

Posted December 02, 2011

Farm Subsidies = High-Fructose Corn Syrup = Obesity: Or do they?

Many in the public health community have long decried farm subsidies for commodity crops such as corn and soybeans as the reason for the low cost of junk food relative to fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Subsidies, the thinking goes, have caused farmers to over produce corn and soybeans. Capitalizing on an inexpensive input, food manufacturers created high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated soybean oil giving rise to a plethora of cheap, junk foods over-consumed by Americans, which in turn contributed to an epidemic of obesity.

Posted November 16, 2011

Preventing Obesity by Acting Locally

The recent and exploding epidemic of child obesity is upon us. Obesity among teens is more than three and a half times more prevalent than three decades ago. The solution is multifaceted, but local government action is essential according to an Institute of Medicine Committee convened in 2008 to focus on preventative actions for local governments.

Posted November 15, 2011

Commodity price volatility: U.S. and EU regulatory battles

Commodity price volatility driven by financial institution speculation continues to increase raw materials costs for businesses and the cost of consumer goods, particularly food and energy. U.S. commodity regulators are scheduled to vote on October 18 on an important rule to limit control of commodity contracts by financial speculators. European Union legislation affecting commodity markets, particularly "dark market" practices, is scheduled for release on October 20. Both U.S.

Posted October 25, 2011

Food justice or junk food?

Will more supermarkets equal more access to healthy food in underserved communities?

Recently first lady Michelle Obama announced a partnership with Wal-Mart, Supervalu and Walgreens to combat the issue of food access in communities called food deserts—usually in urban communities and characterized by a lack of access to healthy food options and an over-abundance of fast food.

Posted September 29, 2011

What's Causing Higher and More Volatile Food Prices Around the World?

Over the last five years, global food prices have risen dramatically, and become much more volatile. After decades of low prices, disruptions in global agriculture markets are having serious effects on food security, farmers and the environment.

Posted September 14, 2011