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Duke-RTI Scholar Jonathan Blitstein

Duke-RTI Scholar Jonathan Blitstein Joins Center

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Public health psychologist Jonathan Blitstein will join Duke’s World Food Policy Center (WFPC) in October 2018 as a Duke-RTI Scholar. Blitstein, a senior researcher with RTI International’s Food, Nutrition & Obesity Policy Research Program, will develop evaluation frameworks for WFPC programs... read more about Duke-RTI Scholar Jonathan Blitstein Joins Center »


World Food Policy Center at Chestnutt Farms

Digging In Deep with North Carolina Agriculture

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

In July 2018, Duke World Food Policy Center (WFPC) Director Kelly Brownell and staff joined North Carolina Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten and his senior team for a two day, dawn-to-dusk deep dive into North Carolina agriculture. The group traveled from Raleigh to farms in Shannon, Maxton,... read more about Digging In Deep with North Carolina Agriculture »


Kelly and Kristy Brownell

Podcast: The Future of our Food Systems: A Father-Daughter interview with Dr. Kelly Brownell

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The UCSF Center for Obesity Assessment, Study and Treatment presents a special conversation with Dr. Kelly Brownell, Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and Director of the World Food Policy Center. In 2006 Time magazine listed Dr. Brownell among “The World’s 100 Most... read more about Podcast: The Future of our Food Systems: A Father-Daughter interview with Dr. Kelly Brownell »


Soda cans

News Tip: Philadelphia’s Soda Tax Upheld by Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Friday, July 20, 2018

Philadelphia's tax on soda and other sweetened drinks was upheld Wednesday when the state's highest court rejected a challenge to the law by merchants and the beverage industry. The Supreme Court ruled the 1.5-cent-per-ounce levy is aimed at distributors and dealer-level transactions and does... read more about News Tip: Philadelphia’s Soda Tax Upheld by Pennsylvania Supreme Court »


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Science Denialism in the 21st Century: It’s rampant, but it’s hardly a new phenomenon

Thursday, July 19, 2018

I went to a conference at the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) on June 28 titled Science Denialism, Public Policy, and Global Health. It was presented jointly by the Rutgers Global Health Initiative and the academy. The goal of the conference was to discuss the social, cultural, behavioral and... read more about Science Denialism in the 21st Century: It’s rampant, but it’s hardly a new phenomenon »


The Unsavory Side of Sugar, image by Paul Reid

The Unsavory Side of Sugar

Friday, July 13, 2018

The industry calls them SSBs. You know them as sugar-sweetened beverages, and they’re one of the many ways that an overload of sugar enters the average person’s diet. They were just one of the sugar-coated problems addressed when health and science experts met at Harvard Medical School to discuss... read more about The Unsavory Side of Sugar »


US Opposes UN Resolution for Breastfeeding

News Tip: U.S. Opposition to Breastfeeding Resolution ‘Sadly Out of Step,’ Expert Says

Monday, July 9, 2018

The U.S. succeeded in watering down language in a U.N. World Health Assembly resolution to encourage breastfeeding. Under pressure from the Trump administration, language was removed that would have curtailed corporations’ promoting inappropriate foods for infants and young children. The following... read more about News Tip: U.S. Opposition to Breastfeeding Resolution ‘Sadly Out of Step,’ Expert Says »


Sarah Zoubek, Steve Schewel, Richard Joyner, Ertharin Cousin

One Question Interview with a Mayor, an Activist Reverend, a Policy Analyst and a former Ambassador

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Duke’s World Food Policy Center (WFPC) recently organized a panel discussion on food security efforts across multiple scales – global to local, and urban to rural.  The panel featured Durham Mayor Steve Schewel, Reverend Richard Joyner, WFPC Associate Director Sarah Zoubek, and... read more about One Question Interview with a Mayor, an Activist Reverend, a Policy Analyst and a former Ambassador »


Ertharin Cousin

To Achieve Food Security for All, Build Trust With Communities

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Across the globe, there is more obesity, racial inequity in food access, malnutrition, diet-related disease and food waste than ever before. Those issues interconnect with poverty and inequality as a driver of food insecurity. To meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal of... read more about To Achieve Food Security for All, Build Trust With Communities »


soda photo by Justin Sullivan, Getty Images, via The New York Times

California, of All Places, Has Banned Soda Taxes. How a New Industry Strategy Is Succeeding.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

In California, the legislature passed a bill Thursday that will preempt any new local beverage or food taxes for 12 years. “The irony is that the soda companies screamed very loudly about government overreach when soda taxes began to get passed,” said Kelly Brownell, the dean of the Sanford... read more about California, of All Places, Has Banned Soda Taxes. How a New Industry Strategy Is Succeeding. »


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