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Access to Safe, Nutritious Food and Water Is Fundamental Human Right: Updated Position of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Consistent access to safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food and water is a fundamental human right, and is particularly important in helping developing nations to achieve food and nutrition security, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in its newly updated position paper, Nutrition Security in Developing Nations: Sustainable Food, Water and Health.

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Addressing Hunger Essential to Improving Health

Food insecurity, or an inadequate intake of food due to lack of resources, affected almost one in six U.S. households in 2011. Overall, more than 50 million people, including almost 17 million children, suffer from food security issues at some time each year. In Ohio, more than 2 million residents are experiencing food insecurity. In this white paper, we examine the extent of hunger in America, the inextricable links of hunger to poor health, and the need to consider hunger as a health issue to make the changes needed.

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First Global Assessment of Land and Water ‘Grabbing’ Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

A new study currently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science provides the first global quantitative assessment of land and water “grabbing” for food production by wealthier nations in generally poorer countries.

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Holiday Festivities Shine Light on Food Insecurity

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Daphne Hernandez, assistant professor of health and human performance at the University of Houston, urges all to be mindful of those who live with need all year, particularly families who are “food insecure.” According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Core Food Security Module, “food insecurity” reflects rationing, portion control and inability to offer families balanced meals.

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Corals and Food Security: Study Shows Nations at Risk

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A new study co-authored by the Wildlife Conservation Society identifies countries most vulnerable to declining coral reef fisheries from a food-security perspective while providing a framework to plan for alternative protein sources needed to replace declining fisheries.

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USDA: 24.5% of Kids Under 6 Live in Food Insecure Households. Drexel's Child Hunger Expert Can Comment

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What's Behind Rising Food Prices, Beyond the U.S. Drought

Although many U.S. consumers were alarmed to see news reports this summer of droughts leaving shriveled crops dying in the fields, John Stanton, Ph.D., professor of food marketing at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, warns other factors will have a greater effect on Americans’ wallets. “Price increases from the droughts are likely to have short-term effects, but global issues can have a longer and greater impact,” Stanton explains, citing increasing demand from the rest of the world for crops like corn.

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George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences to Provide 60,000 Meals for Famine-Stricken Families in the Horn of Africa

More than 30,000 children under the age of five have perished in Somalia in the last two months as a result of the famine that has stricken the country. With the tenth anniversary of September 11th approaching, the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) wants to bring a global focus to its annual Commitment to the Community day and has decided to address one of humanity’s basic needs—adequate and quality nutrition. GW SMHS is pleased to be partnering with the DC chapter of Kids Against Hunger to provide 60,000 meals to feed the famine-stricken families in the Horn of Africa.

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NASA-Funded Study Refutes Alarmist Claims Of Drought Driven Declines In Plant Productivity And Risks To Global Food Security

BU researchers find that modeling errors produced exaggerated claims.

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Global Leaders Misdiagnose Global Food Price Crisis

Christopher B. Barrett, professor of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, comments on the impact of record global food-price levels.







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