As we become a more food-savvy society, consumers are looking beyond the supermarket shelf and exploring how their food is produced. Where does all this food come from?
Consider that, for example, livestock production – which includes meat, milk and eggs – contributes
40 percent of global agricultural gross domestic product, and uses one-third of the world’s fresh water (1). As one article put it, “There may be no other single human activity that has a bigger impact on the planet than the raising of livestock.” (1)
Coverage from HSPH News, featuring Walter Willett and Frank Hu
What are the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and who creates them?
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans were first released in 1980, providing science-based advice to encourage individuals to eat a healthful diet and for the formation of federal food and nutrition and nutrition education programs that help Americans achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent chronic disease. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly publish the Dietary Guidelines every 5 years. Continue reading
Sustainability’s importance is far-reaching, and an increasing number of organizations are embracing its principles. Players in the sustainability movement include individuals shopping at farmers markets, to schools incorporating more local produce in school lunches, to the food industry and academic institutions.
In Part 1 of our interview with Dr. Gary Adamkiewicz,
Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Exposure Disparities in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, he answers the question “What exactly does “sustainability” mean? In Part 2 he offers further insights on the relationship between food, the environment, and our health. Continue reading
Food decisions used to stop at the shelf.
We saw something we liked, bought it, consumed it, and didn’t think much about it beyond satisfying our hunger. Now, however, we’re peeking past the shelves to trace where our food came from and how it was grown.
In 2015, our food’s “story” is as important as its taste. And one of the most important parts of that story is sustainability. Continue reading
Coverage from HSPH News, featuring Edward Giovannucci
Coverage from the Huffington Post, featuring HSPH’s Walter Willett
The Healthy Eating Plate — a simple, visual meal-planning guide that addresses important deficiencies in the U.S. government’s MyPlate icon—is now available in 15 languages, giving it the potential to reach over half the world’s population.
Coverage from HSPH News, featuring Eric Rimm and Frank Hu