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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 »


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 »


Food & Faith Convening

Faith and our Food Future

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Food & Faith Convening Explores How Faith-based Communities Can Tackle Food Problems Leaders in Christian, Muslim, Jewish and First Nations faith traditions are gathering in Durham this week to explore a common question: how can people of faith and their communities engage with food and... read more about Faith and our Food Future »


Americans are eating too much of the sweet stuff, and a staggering portion of it is coming from drinks like soda.

The U.S. Appetite for Sugar Has Skyrocketed

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Americans are eating too much of the sweet stuff, and a staggering portion of it is coming from drinks like soda. Public-health researchers agree: The evidence is clear that Americans consume way too much sugar, that sugar contributes to weight gain, and that rising rates of obesity in the... read more about The U.S. Appetite for Sugar Has Skyrocketed »


Jasmine Crowe at Duke's FoodCon 2018

A GOODR Way to Deal with Food Waste and Rescue Food

Friday, December 7, 2018

At this week’s FoodCon event at the Fuqua School of Business, GOODR Founder and CEO Jasmine Crowe described the chaotic scene of a kitchen bursting at the seams: multiple pots and pans at the stove, dishes and plates piled high, steam in the air. Before launching GOODR in January of 2017, Crowe... read more about A GOODR Way to Deal with Food Waste and Rescue Food »


Dirty Tricks and Data: The Great Soda Wars, Part 2

Dirty Tricks and Data: The Great Soda Wars, Part 2

Monday, December 17, 2018

Kelly Brownell was featured in Gastropod's podcast "Dirty Tricks and Data: The Great Soda Wars, Part 2" along with Barry Popkin (UNC), Sara Bleich (Harvard), Adam Briggs (University of Oxford), Esperanza Ceron (Educor Consumidores), Gabriella Gómez-Mont (Laboratorio para la Cuidad), Cristin Kearns... read more about Dirty Tricks and Data: The Great Soda Wars, Part 2 »


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Relax, Mom & Dad - Skip the Food Fights!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

We all want to raise healthy, happy kids who grow up to reach their full potential. As a Mom myself, even with my background in food science and nutrition, it’s not always easy to figure out what to do. Science tells us that Mom’s health and nutrition--before conception and during pregnancy--and... read more about Relax, Mom & Dad - Skip the Food Fights! »


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Can Food Systems Be Used to Reduce Obesity?

Monday, January 28, 2019

With such intense focus on combating obesity from the public health community, why is U.S. obesity rate still increasing? Kelly Brownell and fellow researchers recommend putting new emphasis on complex food systems, pursuing a broad set of goals that go beyond healthier eating, and focusing on... read more about Can Food Systems Be Used to Reduce Obesity?  »


Program event manager Anna White, undergraduate Katie Waelder, and Alex Treyz

Food, Faith & Flourishing

Thursday, January 31, 2019

In the months leading up to our Inaugural Food & Faith Convening, I focused most of my time on the logistics of meeting prep in partnership with my wonderful colleague Anna White and our WFPC team. Glimmers of what was to come – connections made, inspiring stories shared, and imaginations... read more about Food, Faith & Flourishing »


Niisoja Torto, Julian Xie, Xinyan Lin

Three Duke Students Appointed to WFPC Steering Committee

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Duke World Food Policy Center appointed three Duke students to the center’s steering committee. The students are each engaged in research with the center, and have with interests in food policy that span global health, food access, and environmental governance. The new steering committee... read more about Three Duke Students Appointed to WFPC Steering Committee »


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