Public Health and Organic Food

Global Health, Nutrition, Public Health
Many of you may have heard that a recent study from Stanford researchers indicates that the health benefits of eating organic food are not as readily apparent as once thought, at least over a course of a few years (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1355685).  Utilizing over 200 peer-reviewed studies that examined both the differences between organic and non-organic food and the health of people who eat organic and non-organic food, researchers concluded that: "The published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods."  Reaction was widespread, but to make a gross generalization, many consumers were upset and felt duped or misled by companies advocating the benefits of organic food, which is often more expensive than comparable non-organic products.  After all, it only makes logical sense that putting more chemicals and…
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Food for Thought

globalhealthU, Nutrition
[caption id="attachment_328" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Global Distribution of Death by Nutrition Deficiency"][/caption] How does individual behavior affect the international realm? In the past 50 years, the rapid growth of the fast food industry has stimulated the industrialization of food. As a result, a few big businesses have come to control the food industry: what is produced, how it is produced, who produces it, how it is distributed, to whom is it distributed, and, even, how is it regulated and by whom is it regulated. The grand-scale commercialization of food, especially meat, has given rise to a new type of agriculture--factory farming. [caption id="attachment_329" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Overproduction of corn from a farm factory."][/caption] Factory farming is not only unsustainable, but also perpetuates inequity among nations with regards to food abundance. Consumers, as an…
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Meeting with Dr. Atsu

GlobeMed, GROW Trip, H.O.P.E. Center, Ho, Ghana, Nutrition, Policy
“Ten years from now we will see this project grow out of the work of some students from the U.S. It will go beyond everyone’s dreams.” - Dr. Atsu, regional health director of Ho Municipality, in reference to the nutrition program at the H.O.P.E. Center On Monday, the GROW Team and Margaret met with Dr. Atsu, the new regional health director of the Ho Municipality. During this meeting we discussed the role that Ghana Health Service (GHS) should play at the HOPE Center and the partnership between GHS and GlobeMed. Going into the meeting, we were all really unsure about how receptive Dr. Atsu would be to our ideas, but we were all really pleased with what he had to say. Dr. Atsu sees Ghana Health Service playing a major…
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