310Lspring2009FoodPolitics

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Click to edit Master subtitle style 2/19/10 Food politics
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2/19/10 The Food & Environment Connection The growing debates over food “Neo-Malthusians” vs. “cornucopians” Current “unconscious” tradeoffs E.g., 100 million tons of corn etc. used for biofuels instead of human food—and growing Struggle over desirability of genetically modified crops The problem of hunger and malnutrition
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2/19/10 In the United States In the world
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2/19/10 Meat and climate change Eating meat is largest human cause of global warming, causing a fifth of global greenhouse gas total [U.N. Report: Livestock’s Long Shadow (2007); see http://www.alternet.org/story/88876/ ] 750 million tons of corn and wheat used to feed cattle, pigs, chickens (instead of people) Meat industry contributes to land degradation, climate change, air pollution, water shortage, water pollution, loss of biodiversity
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2/19/10 Some worldwide data 2 billion people suffer from chronic under- nutrition--Protein-Energy-Malnutrition 40 million people die each year from hunger, including 18 million from hunger- related diseases One child dies every 5 seconds from hunger-related causes In many less-developed countries, malnutrition is rife, esp. among children, while in industrialized countries, obesity from diets high in fats and sugar is rife and
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2/19/10 More worldwide data Vitamin A deficiency causes blindness in 500,000 children a year Iodine deficiency affects 740 million, causing goiter, mental retardation in children, reduced mental capacity in adults
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