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For some people, working with dangerous chemicals and heavy metals is just part of the job. The right safety gear and procedures can keep workers healthy, but in the case of newer, more recently-created chemicals, the health risks are often unclear.


Climate Change & Nutrition

Climate change puts at risk the food supplies of people in developing and developed nations alike. Floods, droughts, more intense hurricanes, heatwaves and wildfires can drive down crop yields, destroy livestock, and interfere with the transport of food. Rising carbon dioxide levels from human activity can make staple crops like rice and wheat less nutritious.

Seafood, Mercury, & Health

Harvard researchers have traced the major sources of methylmercury, a poisonous form of metal, in the U.S. diet. Although most of that exposure comes from eating seafood, the geographic origins of the mercury hasn’t been well understood until now.

Q&A: In Madagascar, climate change means public health peril

Since 2004, Christopher Golden has been filling in the links between climate change and health among Madagascar's Malagasy people, in hopes of refining both scientific understanding and on-the-ground interventions.

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Traditional diets offer healthy, sustainable inspiration

Current diets high in red meat and sugary, processed foods are harming the planet’s resources. Looking to diets of the past can offer hope and inspiration.

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Are fake meat products better for human and planetary health?

Frank Hu, chair of the Department of Nutrition, and co-authors including Gina McCarthy, director of C-CHANGE, looked at whether plant-based meat alternatives can be part of a healthy and sustainable diet.

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Op-ed: Millions at risk as global warming saps key nutrients from crops

Staple foods such as wheat and rice are losing essential nutrients due to global warming. Experts don’t know exactly why this is happening, but they warn that if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t curtailed, millions more around the world could face nutritional deficiencies that could lead to increases in disease susceptibility, stunting, infant mortality, reduced IQ,…

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Increasing Seafood Options in Children’s Diets

Dr. Aaron Bernstein promotes the health benefits of fish in childrens' diets and debunks the idea of high toxicity of seafood.

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U.S. children not eating enough shellfish, study says

Explores the new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, written by Co-director Dr. Aaron Bernstein, on the benefits, risks and sustainability issues surrounding seafood and children's health.

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Challenges loom as researchers look to improve diets globally

Experts estimate that one in five deaths worldwide are linked to unhealthy diets, and data from the United Nations show that people across the world are both hungrier and heavier than they were five years ago. While there has been a shift from focusing on nutrition rather than hunger, there are many challenges to improving…

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A Healthy Twofer

We helped develop Harvard's new food standards that show how to support healthy diets and sustainable food systems, which can be scaled beyond Harvard's campus.

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How to Feed 10 Billion by Midcentury

Plan on less meat, more plants, and … err … pass the crickets, panelists suggest.

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Eating our way to a sustainable future

Explore the problems of the seafood industry and seafood’s potential to be the foundation of a healthier diet, promote more sustainable use of the environment, and even reduce carbon emissions.

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Many U.S. schools aren't testing drinking water for lead

A new report finds that many schools in the U.S. are not testing their water for lead.

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Foodborne illness a major public health issue in Africa

Africa has the world’s highest per-capita rate of foodborne illnesses, and public health experts are worried that the problem isn’t being adequately addressed. Foodborne hazards are responsible for 137,000 deaths and 91 million acute illnesses in Africa every year, mostly affecting children under age 5, according to World Health Organization data cited in a February…

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Dr. Aaron Bernstein

Aaron Bernstein MD, MPH

Aaron examines the human health effects of global environmental changes with the aim of promoting a deeper understanding of these subjects among students, educators, policy makers, and the public.

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