World Nutrition Issues

Howarth Bouis

E45: Celebrating Howarth Bouis’ Contributions to Biofortification

July 2019

So imagine that you face a daunting challenge: addressing malnutrition and nutrient deficiencies that affect people all around the world. These are people who live in different countries; they have different diets; and different nutrient challenges. How would you devise a way to affect the health and wellbeing of billions of people, and do so in a way that can be permanent and sustainable? Today's guest has done just that. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E45: Celebrating Howarth Bouis’ Contributions to Biofortification »


Bill Dietz

E31: Bill Dietz on Childhood Obesity

April 2019

Imagine yourself as an overweight child, vulnerable to social ridicule, and medical issues that could last a lifetime. How would you feel in school on the playground or anywhere that others gather? What or who is to blame for this excess weight? What is the future likely to be for such individuals and what might be done to help? A leading voice in tackling these issues is Dr. William Dietz. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E31: Bill Dietz on Childhood Obesity »


Martin Bloem on Complexity in the Food System

E19: Martin Bloem - Embrace Complexity to Fix the Food System

March 2019

One of the most important questions facing the world is how it will feed itself both now and in the future. Answering this question will require the brightest minds; people who will understand the complex interactions of trade, poverty, climate change, agriculture technology, and the ever-changing political landscape from country to country. And this is just a name, some of the factors. Few people are as capable of seeing how all these pieces fit together as our guest Dr. Martin Bloem, professor, and director of the Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E19: Martin Bloem - Embrace Complexity to Fix the Food System »


Shenggen Fan

E6: Shenggen Fan on Hunger, Climate Change and the Hope of Innovation

February 2019

What happens when a child is malnourished? Can such a child ever “catch up” later in life? Why does urbanization and obesity seem to go hand in hand—and what does this mean for food production? We’ll explore big picture food system questions today on the Leading Voices in Food with our guest Dr. Shenggen Fan. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E6: Shenggen Fan on Hunger, Climate Change and the Hope of Innovation »


Mark Bittman

E13: Mark Bittman on Eating Sustainably and Agroecology

February 2019

Many people in the modern world have become distant from their food. They may not know where it's grown, who grows it, who produces it, or who harvests it, what impact its production has on the environment, how it is processed, how to prepare it, and more. A champion of shrinking this distance and of understanding how all these pieces fit together is an activist, and an advocate, and a journalist. A person whose career has been devoted to making it easier for people to eat healthy food, and good food, Mark Bittman. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E13: Mark Bittman on Eating Sustainably and Agroecology »


Bill Dietz

E27: William Dietz on Obesity, Undernutrition & Climate Change

February 2019

It would seem at first glance that undernutrition and obesity are opposite sides of the same coin and not very related to one another and that neither of these issues would be related at all to climate change. Well, this turns out to not be true at all according to an authoritative new report for our listeners. The title of the report is The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition and Climate Change, The Lancet Commission Report. One of the architects of that report is Dr. William Dietz. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E27: William Dietz on Obesity, Undernutrition & Climate Change »


Andrew Prentice

E2: Andrew Prentice on the Genetic Legacy of our Nutrition

January 2019

You have likely heard the saying “You are what you eat.” But what if I told you that how well your parents were eating in the days and months before you were conceived may actually help to determine how your body works—at the cellular level—for your entire life? As it turns out, you were optimized to survive in your parents’ nutritional environment. The Leading Voices in Food podcast series, produced by the World Food Policy Center at Duke University, interviews Dr Andrew Prentice, professor of international nutrition that the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Prentice is a distinguished scholar on the effects of diet on human health and disease and as a world leader in global health research, he has made major contributions in many areas, two of which are the regulation of Human Energy Balance and obesity and the effects of malnutrition on maternal and child health and poor populations. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E2: Andrew Prentice on the Genetic Legacy of our Nutrition »